Fowler fired a blistering course record 61 at Albany Golf Club (eclipsing the previous mark of 62 by Justin Rose who calls Albany home). Starting the day seven shots back, Fowler started out by making birdie on the first seven holes in a row enroute to an 8 under par – front nine 28. A sub 60 round seemed likely, but after reaching 10 under thru 13 holes, the 28 year old could only manage one more birdie (which came at the par 5 – fifteenth) to finish at -18.
Meanwhile, 54 hole leader Charley Hoffman who started Sunday with a hefty five shot lead, was treading water and could only manage an even par 72 to finish four shots back 14 under par.
Although the win against the limited 18 man field is considered un-official, Fowler knew that rounds like Sunday don’t come around very often: “It’s fun when you get on birdie runs just to see how far you can go, Fowler said. “You know it’s not going to last forever.”
Tournament host Tiger Woods who’s been playing money games with Fowler back home in Florida at the Medalist Club, finished off the week with a final round 68 to finish 10 shots back at 8 under par (tied for 9th).