Rickie Fowler

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Rickie Fowler
— Golfer —
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Fowler in July 2010
Personal information
Full name Rick Yutaka Fowler
Born (1988-12-13) December 13, 1988 (age 25)
Murrieta, California
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Jupiter, Florida
Career
College Oklahoma State University
Turned professional 2009
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Other 1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T5: 2014
U.S. Open T2: 2014
The Open Championship T2: 2014
PGA Championship T19: 2013
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2010

Rick Yutaka Fowler (born December 13, 1988) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He was the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world for 36 weeks in 2007 and 2008.

Amateur career[edit]

Fowler was born and raised in Murrieta, California,[1] where he went to Murrieta Valley High School. For years, he played only on a driving range and is almost entirely self-taught. During his freshman year in high school, he posted an all-time course record of 62 at his home course, The Golf Club of Rancho California, in Murrieta, California.[citation needed] In his senior year in high school, Fowler won the SW League Final with a total score of 64-69=133, and led his team to the state final in 2007. After high school he attended Oklahoma State University. He posted his first collegiate victory at the Fighting Illini Invitational hosted by the University of Illinois on October 1, 2007, by shooting a 203 (70-63-70) to win the tournament by one stroke.[2]

In the summer of 2005 Fowler won the Western Junior and competed in the U.S. Amateur, where he was defeated by the eventual champion Richie Ramsay.

In 2006, Fowler shot a 137 for two rounds at the U.S. Junior Amateur and was knocked out in the second round of match play. The championship was won by Philip Francis.

Fowler represented the United States in its victory at the 2007 Walker Cup. His record was 2–0 in foursomes and 1–1 in singles making his overall record 3–1. Billy Horschel was his partner for both of their foursome victories. That year Fowler won the Sunnehanna Amateur in June and the Players Amateur in July.

In 2008, Fowler repeated as Sunnehanna Amateur champion. In the first round of the U.S. Open, Fowler shot a −1 (70) and was in a tie for 7th place. He was one of three amateurs to make the cut, along with Derek Fathauer and Michael Thompson. He ended the tournament tied for 60th. In October 2008 Fowler played on the Eisenhower Trophy team that finished second. He was the leading individual player.

In 2009 Fowler made his second and last appearance in the Walker Cup. He won all four matches in which he played as the U.S. won by a seven-point margin. His partner in both foursomes matches was Bud Cauley. He also finished third in the Sunnehanna Amateur in 2009.

Professional career[edit]

After the Walker Cup, Fowler turned professional and played the Albertsons Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour for his pro debut.[3]

In September 2009, it was announced that Fowler signed a multi-year equipment deal with Titleist.[4] He has since signed a deal with Rolex.

Fowler's first PGA Tour event as a professional was the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open where he finished tied for seventh.[5] His second PGA Tour event was at the Frys.com Open played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. He finished tied for second after losing to Troy Matteson in a threeway playoff that included Jamie Lovemark. Fowler's score of 18 under par included a hole in one on the fifth hole in his final round. Fowler also notched an eagle in each of his four rounds.[6]

In December 2009, Fowler successfully gained a 2010 PGA Tour card through qualifying school, finishing T15.[7]

2010[edit]

In February 2010, Fowler finished second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a score of 15 under par at the TPC of Scottsdale course in Scottsdale, Arizona. In June 2010 Fowler notched his third PGA Tour runner-up finish at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Fowler entered the final round in the lead, before shooting a 73 to finish behind tournament winner, Justin Rose, who recorded his first PGA Tour victory. This performance took Fowler into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

In September 2010, he signed a clothing deal with Puma.[8] In the same month, he was also chosen as a captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.[9] At age 21 years and 9 months when the matches began, Fowler became the youngest U.S. Ryder Cup player of all time, and only European Sergio García was younger when he made his Ryder Cup debut in 1999. Fowler forfeited a hole during foursomes competition on the first match day because of a rules violation, by taking a permissible free drop from muddy conditions in an improper location, a mistake U.S. captain Corey Pavin attributed to Fowler's inexperience.[10] On the final day of the competition in his singles match against Edoardo Molinari, Fowler birdied the last 4 holes to halve the match after having been 4 down after 12 holes.[11]

Fowler won the Rookie of the Year award,[12] controversially claiming the award over Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.[13][14]

2011[edit]

In July 2011, Fowler tied the 54-hole lead at the AT&T National, but an early double bogey on Sunday derailed his opportunity for his first PGA Tour win. Two weeks later Fowler recorded his most successful result to date in a major tournament by finishing tied for 5th in The Open Championship at Royal St George's.[15] In August, Fowler finished in a tie for second at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational behind winner Adam Scott, lifting him to 28 in the world rankings.[16]

At the 2011 PGA Championship, Fowler carded 74-69-75-68 to finish with a six-over par total of 286, finishing in a tie for 51st place. Early on the third day Fowler rocketed up the leaderboard with three birdies in the first five holes only to falter later in the round with two triple bogeys, effectively ending his hopes of a first major championship and PGA Tour win.[17]

At the first FedEx Cup playoff event, Fowler finished T52 at The Barclays in the last week in August. The following week he again finished T52 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second FedEx Cup playoff event, after carding a disappointing six over par final round 77. At that point Fowler was positioned 37 in the FedEx Cup points standings and required a strong performance at the BMW Championship to qualify in the top thirty for the The Tour Championship; a performance which eluded him, finishing in 48th place. In finishing 43rd in the FedEx Cup, Fowler earned a $132,000 bonus.[18]

In October 2011, Fowler enjoyed his first professional win with victory in the OneAsia Tour's Kolon Korea Open, securing a six shot victory over Rory McIlroy.

Fowler ended 2011 ranked 32nd on the Official World Golf Ranking.[19]

In September 2011, Fowler, along with Graeme McDowell, was part of the PGA Tour's These Guys are Good campaign.[20][21]

2012[edit]

Fowler won the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 6, 2012, on the first extra hole of a sudden-death playoff. Replaying the 18th hole, he defeated Rory McIlroy and D. A. Points with a birdie to gain his first PGA Tour win. Fowler shot a 69 (−3) in the final round to finish in a three-way tie after 72 holes at Quail Hollow Club. This win enabled Fowler to break the top-25 in the world, placing him at number 24. The following week at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Fowler played the final hole at −11 under par and had a birdie opportunity to bring him within one of leader and eventual winner Matt Kuchar. Fowler, however, pushed his putt to the right and finished in a tie for second, his fifth second-place finish of his career.

2014[edit]

Fowler had his best finish of 2014 at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Fowler finished tied for second with Erik Compton at −1, Fowler's best finish at a major. Martin Kaymer was the winner, shooting −9 for the tournament. Fowler received $789,330 for his finish. Fowler followed that up with another runner up finish at the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. He began the final round six strokes behind Rory McIlroy and finished the day tied for second with Sergio García at −15, losing to McIlroy by two strokes.

Personal[edit]

Fowler resides in Jupiter, Florida; he moved to Florida from Las Vegas when the 2010 season ended.[22] Fowler's middle name, Yutaka, comes from his maternal grandfather, who is Japanese.[23] His maternal grandmother is Navajo.[24] On the final day of a golf tournament Fowler wears orange[25] in honor of Oklahoma State University.[26]

Fowler is one of four golfers in the "Golf Boys" group along with fellow PGA Tour players Ben Crane, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan. The Golf Boys released a YouTube video of the song "Oh Oh Oh" on the eve of the 2011 U.S. Open. Farmers Insurance is donating $1,000 for every 100,000 views of the video. The charitable proceeds will support both Farmers and Ben Crane charitable initiatives.[27]

In 2012, Fowler filmed a commercial for Crowne Plaza Hotels entitled "It's Good to be Rickie" and featured golf commentator, Ian Baker Finch.

In 2013 Fowler was featured in an ESPN "This is SportsCenter" commercial with Sportscaster John Anderson.[28]

Fowler goes to weekly Bible studies while on tour.[29]

Amateur wins (5)[edit]

Professional wins (2)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 May 6, 2012 Wells Fargo Championship −14 (66-72-67-69=274) Playoff Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy, United States D. A. Points

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2009 Frys.com Open United States Troy Matteson, United States Jamie Lovemark Matteson won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2012 Wells Fargo Championship Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy, United States D. A. Points Won with birdie on first extra hole

OneAsia Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Oct 9, 2011 Kolon Korea Open −16 (67-70-63-68=268) 6 strokes Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T38 T27 T38 T5
U.S. Open T60 CUT DNP CUT T41 T10 T2
The Open Championship DNP DNP T14 T5 T31 CUT T2
PGA Championship DNP DNP T58 T51 CUT T19

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 4
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 2 2 6 4
The Open Championship 0 1 0 2 2 3 5 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 3
Totals 0 2 0 4 5 7 19 15
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2011 Open Championship – 2012 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2014 Masters – 2014 Open Championship, current)

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R16 R64 R64 3
Cadillac Championship DNP 8 T45 T35 T44
Bridgestone Invitational T33 T2 T60 T21
HSBC Champions T25 DNP DNP T55

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

PGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring ave
(adjusted)
2008 2 1 0 0 0 0 T60 0 71.42
2009 6 4 0 1 0 3 T2 571,090 247 70.11
2010 28 20 0 2 1 8 2 2,857,109 23 70.43
2011 24 19 0 1 0 6 T2 2,084,681 37 70.01
2012 23 20 1 1 0 5 1 3,066,293 21 70.61
2013 22 18 0 0 1 5 T3 1,816,742 40 70.21
Career* 105 82 1 5 2 23 1 $10,395,914 132

*As of the 2013 season.[30]

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile on PGA Tour website". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 23, 2012. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Cowboy Golf Picks Up First Victory At Fighting Illini Invitational". Gold Oklahoma. October 1, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Rickie Fowler ends amateur career with Walker Cup win". Golf Channel. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rickie Fowler signs equipment deal". September 15, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rickie Fowler – 2011 Stats". 
  6. ^ "The Daily Wrap-up, Round 4: Frys.com Open". Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "From the '10 rookie class, who will shine on Tour?". PGA Tour. December 8, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Rickie Fowler signs clothing deal". [dead link]
  9. ^ "Tiger Woods named in US Ryder Cup team". The BBC. September 7, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  10. ^ Lamport, Mark (October 2, 2010). "Late Ryder redemption for Fowler". Toronto Sun. Reuters. 
  11. ^ "Fowler comeback in vain". Skysports. October 4, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Fowler named PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year". PGA Tour. December 5, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Graeme McDowell backs Rory McIlroy in US rookie row". BBC News. December 8, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Westwood criticizes the PGA Tour's decision to overlook McIlroy for the rookie of the year award". BBC News. December 6, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ "2011 Open Championship leaderboard". Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Official Word Golf Ranking – Rickie Fowler". OWGR. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Rickie Fowler scorecard – 2011 PGA Championship". PGA. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  18. ^ "2011 PGA Tour FedEx Cup Bonus Money". PGA Tour. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking, Week 52, 2011". OWGR. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Matchups Game: Deutsche Bank Championship". PGA Tour. August 30, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Commercials". PGA Tour. August 30, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Profile on PGA website". PGA. August 12, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Fowler an Old-School Throwback". The Golf Channel. January 13, 2010. 
  24. ^ Brown, Oliver (October 5, 2010). "America's poster boy Fowler sparkles on debut to prove Pavin's instincts right". Irish Independent. 
  25. ^ "The 2010 Open: Fowler holes a putt from off the 17th". BBC Sport. July 18, 2010. 
  26. ^ Evans, Miles (July 18, 2010). "Golf-Open-Striking orange bears fruit for Fowler". Eurosport. Retrieved July 18, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Golf Boys – Oh Oh Oh (Official Video)". June 13, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  28. ^ "This Is SportsCenter - Rickie Fowler". July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  29. ^ "PGA young gun Rickie Fowler on being a role model and the pressure of high expectations". 
  30. ^ "Season results". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 

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