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Fowler finishes strong with 68

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP)

Rickie Fowler played in all four majors for the first time in his brief professional career. And despite seriously contending in only the Bristish Open this season, believes he's learned a few things that will move him up the leaderboard in 2012.

Fowler closed the PGA Championship on Sunday with a 68, leaving him 51st at 6 over par. He was 38th at the Masters and missed the cut at the US Open before his fifth-place finish at Royal St. George's last month.

''Definitely learned a bit,'' Fowler said. ''Played good in a couple of Open championships overseas and look forward to getting into some more of those and getting some better finishes than the other majors.''

Fowler hoped that would be this week at Atlanta Athletic Club, but 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.

Tagged: Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Robert Allenby, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Greg Norman

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