Palm Beach Gardens (CBS12) — It's not the ending Brooks Koepka or Rickie Fowler wanted, but the Honda Classic ended in thrilling fashion. Keith Mitchell birdied the 18th hole to take the outright lead, winning the Honda Classic by one stroke at 9-under.
"Yeah it was good for the fans, they got what they wanted," said Wellington Native, Brooks Koepka.
Koepka finished 8-under, tying Rickie Fowler for second place.
"It was good tournament, two of the bigger names coming down the stretch and have a chance to win - that's what this golf course will do, it will really bring out some of the best players. But unfortunately it was just a little bit short but I mean hopefully the fans enjoyed that because it was fun from our point of view," said Koepka.
Between Fowler and Koepka, they had 11 birdies on the day: Koepka with five and Fowler with six. They also have 10 PGA Tour wins between the two of them.
Fowler gave Mitchell a hug after the tournament and says the Tennessee native is a great golfer and even better guy.
"I don't know him that well I know he's close with some of the guys that I know. Been around him a bit - awesome guy and good enough player to win I've always heard a lot of good things about him. I haven't played with him or seen him play much but like I said earlier you can't fake it around this golf course and you have to go out there and earn it," said Fowler.
Fowler won the Honda Classic in 2017.