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Rickie Fowler aces final hole, treats media to free beers (vid/pic)

Rickie Fowler finished up his first round at the Quicken Loans National with a bang courtesy of an ace on the par-3 9th hole, his final hole of the day.

Using a 7-iron on the 200-yard hole, Fowler finished with a 4-under 67 courtesy of his hole-in-one, what the PGA Tour is cleverly referring to as a “Walk Off.”

We had 176 was the adjusted number,” Fowler said of his perfectly played long iron into the ninth green, via Devil Ball Golf. “Spun to the right. I was trying to cut it. Rolled in with perfect speed.”

Fowler without a doubt was in good spirits following his round, and elected to spread around the joy by leaving a bunch of beers in a bucket loaded with ice for the benefit of the assembled media.

Fowler’s mention of a free mortgage for a year is in reference to the Quicken Loans Hole-In-One Sweepstakes promotion, a partnership between the PGA Tour and the sponsor of the very tournament being played this week that doles out mortgage payments for a year to a fan each and every time an ace is sunk during a Tour event. Very clever, Ricky.

There’s a saying that goes something along the lines of “The way to man’s heart is through his stomach.” Fowler may have figured out how to slightly modify said saying to ingratiate himself to the media, as in, “The way to get in the good graces of reporters through a tub of ice cold cans of beer.”