Rickie Fowler earned $113,700 for his T-7 finish at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, his first PGA Tour event as a professional. He shot 16-under 268 at TPC Summerlin (67-64-69-68) to finish three shots outside of the playoff between eventual champ Martin Laird, Chad Campbell and George McNeill.
“It was pretty awesome,” Fowler said about the Timberlake. “I’ve played a few Tour events and (two) U.S. Opens. I have the experience, but to finally come out and put together one good round and back it up with three decent rounds, it feels really good.”
He recently moved about a mile from the Timberlake’s host course, Las Vegas’ TPC Summerlin, but at just 20 years old isn’t old enough to hit the casinos with his winnings.
Fowler made a 12-foot birdie putt on his 72nd hole to finish in the top 10. His finish freed up a spot for another player in this week’s Frys.com Open. Fowler received a sponsor exemption into the tournament, but now is exempt for finishing in the top 10 at the Timberlake. A yet-to-be announced player will receive Fowler’s sponsor exemption.
After the Frys.com, Fowler will play the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School Oct. 27-30 at Lantana (Texas) Golf Club.