Here’s how Tiger Woods, golf’s stars inspired Rickie Fowler to win Honda Classic – CBSSports.com

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017

Rickie Fowler won the Honda Classic on Sunday by four strokes over Gary Woodland and Morgan Hoffmann. This was not really a huge surprise given that Fowler held a four-stroke lead after 54 holes. Stars like Fowler more often than not close out wins when they have leads of four or more going into the final 18 holes.

Fowler said on Sunday, though, that he received multiple encouraging texts on Saturday night wishing him well in his quest for PGA Tour win No. 4. Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas all reached out. So did Tiger Woods.

“Rory did text me,” said Fowler. “Jordan obviously; Justin, who was out on 18 green. It’s great to have the support of guys that I have either looked up to, enjoy watching, love seeing them play well, and I want to see those guys play well. And we all want to beat each other when everyone is at their best.

“I had a bunch of texts. I didn’t get back to everything and there’s more. I still feel it going off, which is a good thing. We’ll deal with that later.

“It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be a fun year. I know there is a lot of guys playing well. Looking forward to having Rory back out and see if we can get Tiger back going. He texted me last night, as well, and told me to go get it done. Like I said, it’s great to have the backing of my peers.It’s motivating to see them play well, as well.”

Unfortunately for Woods, that sounds like about the only thing he is currently physically well enough to accomplish right now. As many have pointed out, though, we can still thank him for the ridiculous level at which golf is currently being played. He helped build this generation, and now he is encouraging them to reach new heights on their own. Which is exactly what they are doing.

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