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The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass has provided plenty of fear and loathing over the years during the Players Championship, for obvious reasons. It is a green surrounded by water.
But also, quite frankly, that famed hole offers a pretty large target for skilled golfers who are the best in the world. And yet, if the par-3, 135-yard hole is so benign, why hasn’t everyone dominated it the way Rickie Fowler did in 2015?
“I don’t think it’s that easy,’’ said Joe Skovron, Fowler’s longtime caddie, chuckling at the idea that his boss made it appear that way. “I mean, he was doing the same thing over and over, putting the same swing on it. The wind switched a little but he kept picking a target and hitting it there.’’
Five times in six tries, Fowler birdied the hole that annually leads to fidgeting and fretting.
That included three straight times during the final round of the 2015 Players, once in regulation and two more times in a playoff that Fowler captured for an exciting victory that finally pushed him across a line that had been frustratingly elusive.