Rickie Fowler nearly made things interesting at The Players Championship.
Fowler birdied Nos. 16 and 17 and really could have put pressure on Matt Kuchar had he made an 8-footer on the final hole. Instead, Fowler pushed the putt right, closed with par and allowed Kuchar to play the 18th with a two-shot cushion and little drama.
''Wouldn't mind having the putt over on 18,'' Fowler said. ''It was a tough putt just because of how straight it was and just started a little right. That's the hard thing about straight putts: you've got to him them in the middle or they don't go in.''
Fowler, coming off his first PGA Tour win last week at Quail Hollow, shot up the leaderboard Saturday and started the final round two strokes back. He was on the move Sunday until a double-bogey on No. 5. He rallied on the back nine, but made enough mistakes to prevent him from winning in consecutive weeks.
Or putting heat on Kuchar.
''It was a lot of fun, a lot of fun to be in the moment,'' Fowler said. ...