Rickie Fowler makes U.S. Open history with amazing bounce-back final round

By Jesse Reed

Rickie Fowler capped off his 2018 U.S. Open in style, not only shooting a 5-under-par round of 65 but setting history in the process.

On Saturday, Fowler had himself a truly awful third round at Shinnecock Hills, carding a 14-over-par round of 84. Like most of the field, he fell victim to conditions that made the course unplayable.

Thanks to a never-give-up attitude (and some help from the USGA, which did what it could to fix the issues overnight), Fowler’s 19-stroke improvement from Saturday to Sunday proved to be the biggest from Round 3 to Round 4 any golfer has achieved at this tournament.

This remarkable turnaround moved Fowler (at least temporarily) into a tie for 31st. He finished the 2018 U.S. Open with 291 total strokes, good for 11-over par.