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Rickie Fowler

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/13/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 150

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World No. 12 Rickie Fowler returns for his fifth Hero World Challenge and plays the first round with defending champion Bubba Watson.
The 27-year-old has not finished worse than T6 in four prior appearances, including a personal-best solo 3rd last year on progressively better rounds of 70-68-65-64. He arrives off a T2 last week at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf (paired with Jimmy Walker for Team USA) and a T6 four weeks ago at the no-cut WGC-HSBC Champions (65-73-68-68). Fowler finished 31st last season in the FedExCup standings -- missing the TOUR Championship for the first time in three years. He posted eight top 10s among 18 cuts made with a season-best P2 at the WM Phoenix Open. Tue, Nov 29, 2016 05:49:00 PM

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Team U.S.A., represented by Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, chalked up a final round of 6-under-par 33-33=66 but it wasn't enough to claim a 25th World Cup of Golf; it ended the week T2 alongside China and France, four back of the winner Denmark.

Fowler and Walker thrived on the Melbourne sandbelt gem that is Kingston Heath Golf Club, a fast-running, traditional course with bunkering reminiscent of Pinehurst, where both finished top ten in the 2014 U.S. Open. On Sunday the birdies didn't quite flow at the rate required, but they proved they enjoyed the challenge. At the 5th Fowler hit the shot of the week, a cut wedge from dirt, around a tree, picking his way through the greenside traps to find the putting surface. Later, at 14, he used driver from the deck to reach the fringe of the par-five's green. Alas, both times par was all he could manage. Of their six birdies, Walker found the first with an approach at the par-three 6th which was one entire roll of the ball short of being an ace. In also ticking 8, 10, 12, 13 and 15 they got to within two of the Danes at the turn, but could never breach the gap.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:34:00 AM

Rickie Fowler ended his week at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions with a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-33=68, reaching 14-under 274 on the week to fall nine shots shy of Hideki Matsuyama's remarkable tally.

Fowler was one of seven golfers to record blemish-free rounds during the finale, but he joined Hideki Matsuyama as the only golfers to record at least two BFRs this week (Matsuyama posting three). The 27-year-old kept it simple today, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways en route to 14 greens in regulation. The Oklahoma State product finished the week T10 in GIR percentage, pelting 54 greens on the week. This was Fowler's first start of the 2016-17 season and it gives him a nice bounty of 96.33 FedExCup points to immediately vault him to T23 in the standings.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 08:38:00 AM

Rickie Fowler kick-started his week with a 7-under-par 31-34=65 to end the first round of the WGC-HCBS Champions alone in second, one behind the leader Rikard Karlberg.

The Oklahoma State product finished T3 in this event back in 2014 and he provoked memories of that week with his fast break from the blocks Thursday. He went bogey-free through an opening lap that saw him tick red five times on his opening nine. The first came at 11, before he added two pairs at 13 and 14, then 17 and 18. At 17 he had no need of the putter after chipping in from the greenside grass for birdie-2. A third and final par-5 birdie came at No. 2 before he closed out in style on the 9th green, dropping his 12'0" putt for the seventh red. He found 11 of 14 fairways and was sensational with his approach work, landing 17 of 18 green (the exception was the chip-in at 17).
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 04:38:00 AM

Team USA Captain's Pick Rickie Fowler outlasted Europe's Justin Rose 1UP in Sunday Singles at the 2016 Ryder Cup. Live Scoreboard: USA 11.5 Europe 9.5. Fowler completed his third appearance with a 2-1-0 record (2-4-5 overall), while Rose, who played in all five matches, went 2-3-0 in his fourth appearance (11-6-2 overall).

Rose took the early 1UP lead with birdie-3 at the 1st and the match stayed that way thru six holes, with the pair halving the 2nd and 6th with birdies. Fowler leveled the contest with a conceded birdie-3 at 7 while Rose drove left into the creek, leading to his first (of three) bogeys. The Englishman bounced back with birdie-2 at 8 to go 1UP before Fowler got back to AS with par at the 10th. The 12th was halved with bogeys, but Rose's felt worse after whiffing a glorious chance to go 1UP with a missed 4-footer for par. Fowler took his first lead of the match with birdie-4 at 16 and the duo halved the 17th and 18th with pars for the final margin.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 05:13:00 PM

World No. 9 Rickie Fowler finished 11th in automatic qualifying and had to rely on a Captain's Pick to make his third Ryder Cup appearance (2010, 2014), still searching for his first full-point match win.

The 27-year-old backed up his career best and two-win TOUR season in 2015 -- where he finished 4th in FedExCup points -- with no wins in 2016 and 31st in the FEC standings, failing to advance to the TOUR Championship. In his last 11 starts, he mustered just two top 10s, missed three cuts, posted five finishes of 30th-place or worse, and was T37 (of 59 players) at the Rio Olympics, with one sub-par round. Fowler was also eliminated in the Group Stage at the WGC-Dell Match Play with an 0-1-2 record. He's 0-3-5 as a Ryder Cupper, including 0-2-3 in 2014 at Gleneagles, and went 1-3-0 as a Presidents Cup rookie in 2015 where he lost his final three matches, lowlighted by a 6 & 5 drubbing to Adam Scott in singles.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 07:46:00 AM

American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III made three of his four captain's picks today, electing to add Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, and Matt Kuchar to the squad with the final pick coming after the TOUR Championship in two weeks.

Fowler was seemingly a lock to make the team until recently when he backpedaled in the final round of The Barclays and then failed to qualify for the TOUR Championship, putting an end to his 2015-16 season. His Ryder Cup record is a less-than-stellar 0-4-4 but that such a small sample size that it could easily be fixed over the next two editions with good play. In the end, DL3 chose talent and team chemistry over RC history with this pick. J.B. Holmes goes in the other direction as he was a member of the last winning U.S. Ryder Cup team (2008) going 2-0-1 along the way. Whether it's been the Ryder Cup, Palmer Cup, Presidents Cup, or Walker Cup, Holmes has never been a part of a losing team (4-0). His distance should certainly be beneficial as they take on the lengthy Hazeltine National Golf Club in three weeks. Lastly, Matt Kuchar is as consistent as they come, making him a reliable teammate in any format. Playing in three Ryder Cups during his career, he boasts a 4-5-2 record.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:41:00 AM

Rickie Fowler labored to an even-par 37-35=72 in the final round of the BMW Championship and with a 59th-place finish on 1-over 289, was eliminated from the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 31 in the FEC standings, dropping nine spots on the week.

The 27-year-old opened the Playoffs with a T7 at The Barclays but it wasn't enough to secure a Ryder Cup berth on merit. Hoping to impress skipper Davis Love III and secure a Captain's pick, he chased with a T46 at the Deutsche Bank and this week's disappointing effort, though not necessarily an immediate disqualifier. Fowler conjured just two birdies against two bogeys in the finale and for the week, totaled only 11 birdies, outbalanced by eight bogeys and two doubles. Other notable exits from the Playoffs include: No. 32- Sergio Garcia; No. 35- Brooks Koepka; No. 36- Henrik Stenson; No. 46- Bill Haas; No. 50- Billy Horschel; No. 51- Justin Rose and No. 57- Zach Johnson. (Stenson, Haas and Horschel are former FedExCup champions.)
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 07:09:00 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, defending champ Rickie Fowler back-pedaled to an even-par 34-37=71 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post 2-under 140, down 16 places on the live leaderboard to T54.

The 27-year-old went out in 2-over, smothering a pitch-in birdie-3 at 14 with double bogey-6 at 13 and bogey-6 at the 18th. He righted the ship on his inward half, outpacing bogey at the par-3 third (3-putt from 47'2") with birdies on Nos. 1, 7 and 9, ending on a positive note with a walk-off 3 from 12 feet. Fowler landed eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.846 putts per GIR and a dismal -2.342 SG: Putting.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 04:38:00 PM

Defending champ Rickie Fowler patched together a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in today's first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, currently T36 on the leaderboard, four in arrears to clubhouse co-leaders James Hahn and Ryan Moore.

The 27-year-old landed just seven (of 14) fairways for -0.811 SG: Off-the-Tee. He did hit 14 greens in regulation, contributing to 2.475 SG: Approach-the-Green, but went 2-for-4 in scrambles for -1.355 SG: Around-the-Green. Fowler birdied Nos. 6, 10, 12 and 18, three from inside of seven feet with a long of 19'9" at the par-4 10th. He won last year in his sixth appearance with trip 67s and 68.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 06:19:00 PM

After a close call at last week's Barclays, Rickie Fowler heads toward TPC Boston for a chance to defend his title at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Fowler led after 54 holes last week at Bethpage Black before falling back with a closing 3-over 74 to finish T7. He is now 0-for-4 when holding a 54-hole lead/co-lead but last year at TPC Boston he started the finale one shot off the lead and penciled a 3-under 68 to oust Henrik Stenson by one stroke. It was his first real taste of success at the venue, entering with zero top 20s before the victory. The 27-year-old is surely disappointed that last week's effort didn't earn him an automatic seat on the United States Ryder Cup squad, but this week poses a great opportunity to rebound and show captain Davis Love III that he rounding into form at the perfect time.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 08:05:00 PM

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler stalled out to a 3-over-par 35-39=74 in today's final round of The Barclays for a four-day total of 6-under 278, down six places into a three-way T7, three back of champion Patrick Reed.

The 27-year-old was chasing his fourth TOUR title in his 173rd career start (168 pro), first since the 2015 Deutsche Bank. This was his fourth career 54-hole lead/co-lead and he drops to 0-for-4. Fowler began the final frame with a one-shot lead over playing competitor Reed after opening in 67 and bogey-free laps of 69-68. He mustered six (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting -1.549 SG: Approach-the-Green and -1.032 SG: Around-the-Green. He went out in blemish-free 1-under, circling a 15-footer at the par-5 fifth, but the wheels came off from there, squaring bogeys on 11, 15 and 18, and double bogey-6 at 16 (all failed sand saves). Fowler played his final four holes in 3-over, sandwiching in a second birdie at the par-3 17th (22'4"). He settles for his eighth top 10 of the season in 21 starts.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 06:50:00 PM

Rickie Fowler spun a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-34=68 in today's third round of The Barclays to post 9-under 204, good for a one-shot lead at the 54-hole mark over 36-hole leader Patrick Reed.

The 27-year-old began R3 in a two-way T2 on 6-under after opening his seventh Barclays in 67-69, two shy of Reed. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he went blemish-free for a second straight lap, and is bogey-free over his last 45 holes, squaring a lone bogey-5 on the ninth hole in R1. The Oklahoma State product mustered just six (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, posting 1.818 putts per GIR and 2.254 SG: Putting. He circled birdie-4s at the fifth and the seventh, adding a walk-off 3 at the par-4 18th, all three dropping from inside of eight feet. Fowler saved par twice from between 10 and 11 feet and from 23'3" at the par-4 fifth. He's making his 21st start of the season and is chasing his fourth career TOUR title (173 career events), first since the 2015 Deutsche Bank.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 06:09:00 PM

Rickie Fowler coasted to a bogey-free, 2-under-par 34-35=69 during round two of The Barclays, arriving at the midpoint on 6-under 136 in a share of second place.

For the second straight day, Fowler split nine fairways, but landed 12 greens today (one fewer than R1). While most of his work on day one was done through the air, he picked up 2.13 strokes putting in round two. That included a pair of par-savers from 8-to-10 feet as well as a 19'3" birdie splash at the par-4 second. On the week, his lone blemish is a missed 4'3" putt which lead to a bogey. The Ryder Cup standings are weighing heavily on Fowler this week, but he's proving to be up to the task so far. Fowler will enter the weekend in a share of second place with Emiliano Grillo.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 05:42:00 PM

Rickie Fowler cruised to a 4-under-par 33-34=67 during the opening round of The Barclays.

Fowler looked comfortable on the tee box, gaining 1.18 strokes off-the-tee, to put himself in position to attack all day. That is exactly what he did, landing 13 greens in regulation, gaining 2.51 strokes approaching-the-green. It was rather stress-free thanks to the great tee-to-green play, but his flat stick didn't help the cause other than a 10'9" birdie at the par-4 sixth and a 28'3" birdie bomb at the par-3 14th hole. The lone blemish of the round came at the par-4 ninth where he whiffed on a 4'3" par-saving attempt. Fowler only converted four par breakers but made them count with three birdies and an eagle. If his flat stick heats up then he'll become a serious contender as the week progresses.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 01:08:00 PM