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Fowler hoped that would be this week at Atlanta Athletic Club, instead an opening 74 and a third-round 75 took him out of the mix. Fowler didn’t want his major farewell to be another sky-high performance.

Fowler made consecutive bogeys on the second and third holes that took him to 10-over par when things turned.

“I really didn’t want to finish double digits over par,” he said. “So I had something to shoot for.”

Fowler got on a run of five birdies over his next 13 holes to move up before a bogey on the last hole _ he put his drive in the water on the 18th _ ended things.


PHIL’S WEEK: Phil Mickelson never got the stellar round he expected to have at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Mickelson wrapped the PGA Championship with a 70 to finish at even par.

“I felt like I was one good round away, 4- or 5-under par the first three days of getting in it, but just wasn’t able to do it,” he said. “I just really struggled making birdies here.”

Mickelson thought he might have a Sunday run after reaching 2-under heading to the back nine. But then came a bogey at 10 and a par on the 551-yard 12th hole to take away the momentum.

“I was thinking eagle on 12 and didn’t get it done,” he said. “I certainly thought there was an opportunity here.”

Mickelson ended his major season with a top-20 performance. He was 27th in defense of his Masters title, then was a nonfactor at the U.S. Open. He was in the lead at the British before falling back to second behind Darren Clarke.


ALLENBY’S CHANCES: Australia’s Robert Allenby knows he helped himself in his try for the President’s Cup international team with a final-round 68 at the PGA Championship. He also knows he could’ve done much, much more.

Allenby came into Atlanta Athletic Club 13th in the international points standings. The top 10 automatically qualify for November’s matches at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. Captain Greg Norman adds two additional selections.

“I’m trying my hardest,” Allenby said. “Greg knows that I’ll do as good as I can do at the moment to try and get there.”

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