Freaky sequence costs Rickie Fowler the lead at the Phoenix Open

Bizarre penalty Two balls in the water on 11 and Rickie Fowler's lead vanishes			Michael Chow  USA TODAY Network

Bizarre penalty Two balls in the water on 11 and Rickie Fowler's lead vanishes Michael Chow USA TODAY Network

Fowler's chip shot on the Par 4 hole flew over the green, down a hill and into a water hazard, a one-stroke penalty.

Rain falls as Rickie Fowler walks off the fifth tee box during the final round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She even caddied for Fowler during the Masters in April, where her soon-to-be husband finished one stroke behind tournament victor Patrick Reed.

"It was a bit of a rollercoaster", said Fowler.

But after gouging his second back to short grass, Fowler pitched to five feet and stroked home the winning putt to claim the title two years after losing out to Hideki Matsuyama at the fourth extra hole.

"That's what's nice about having a cushion after the first 54 holes".

But things went awry at the par-four 11 hole, even though the American took what seemed to be the safe option of laying up with his approach after his tee shot found the rough.

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However, when he attempted a straightforward pitch, his ball skidded through the green, narrowly missing a bunker before rolling into the water.

After gaining 11.263 shots on the field from tee-to-green over the first three rounds (an average of 3.754 per day), Fowler lost almost six shots in that area on Sunday alone.

But it appeared to affect his focus as he also bogeyed the next, while Grace knocked in two birdies on the 12th and 13th holes to go into a one-shot lead.

The oddity happened following Fowler's drop of the ball.

Fowler birdied the 15th as both players were on 16 under heading down the final straight.

Branden Grace took the lead with consecutive birdies, but hit his tee shot into the water on the drivable par-4 17th for a bogey.

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