Seventy-two holes were not enough to determine a winner in The Players Championship 2015. Not even a three-hole playoff aggregate was enough to find a winner. It took a fourth playoff hole, in a sudden-death matchup, to crown a new champion.
Rickie Fowler birdied 17 for the third time on the day to win The Players Championship, beating out Kevin Kisner in sudden death and Sergio Garcia in the three-hole playoff.
Flower shot a 67 on Sunday to force a three-way tie with Kisner and Garcia at -12. It was the first three-way aggregate playoff in the history of The Players Championship and only the fifth playoff in the tournament’s history.
As the winner, Fowler earns a five-year The Players exemption, U.S. Open exemption through 2017, British Open exemption through 2017, Masters invitation through 2018, 2015 PGA Championship exemption, 600 FedEx Cup points and $1.8 million.
Kisner had two glorious opportunities to win the tournament at the 18th hole of regulation and the playoff, but missed both putts by a fraction of an inch. Garcia failed to birdie in the playoff and was eliminated before the sudden-death hole.
Sunday’s win was only Fowler’s second PGA Tour victory. His other win needed a playoff as well, defeating Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points to win the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship.