Who's who: Rickie Fowler

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Who's who: Rickie Fowler

  • Name:

    Rick Yutaka "Rickie" Fowler
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Dec 13, 1988 in Murrieta, Riverside County, California.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Oklahoma State University.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2009
  • Website:

    https://www.rickiefowler.com

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (2010, '14, '16, '18). Presidents Cup player (2015, '17, '19). Walker Cup player (2007, '09). Winner on the US PGA and OneAsia Tours. PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2010).

Did you know?

As a largely self-taught player, who initially only played on a driving range, Fowler embarked on an outstanding amateur career. For 36-weeks during 2007 and 2008 he was rated the world's top amateur golfer.

Fowler was a member of the USA's powerful and victorious Walker Cup team in 2007, where he partnered Billy Horschel in their two foursome matches (Rory McIlroy, on home soil in Northern Ireland, was one of their scalps). In the 2009 Walker Cup at Merion, Fowler returned a very impressive 4-0 performance, with two of his wins as emphatic as the overall result itself.

Fowler turned professional after his 2009 Walker Cup appearance. In 2010 he just edged Rory McIlroy to the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award. His first professional win came in Asia at the 2011 Korea Open; his good friend McIlroy finishing six shots back in second place. A first win on American soil at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012, saw Fowler prevail with a birdie at the first playoff hole; also standing on the green waiting to putt out was (you guessed ... ) McIlroy.

The expectation was for the floodgates to open following Fowler's first PGA Tour win. Despite many excellent top 10 finishes in tour events and major championships, that did not prove to be the case (although his similarly aged 'old' adversary McIlroy can tell a rather different story).

On the final day of golf tournaments, the fashion-setting Fowler wears bright orange, the colour of his alma mater Oklahoma State University. Fowler's middle name, Yutaka, comes from his Japanese maternal grandfather, while his maternal grandmother is from the Navajo nation.

Top tournaments won by Rickie Fowler

2023
America
Detroit GC
264 (-24)
$1,584,000
Rocket Mortgage

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Venue

Detroit GC

Score

264 (-24)

Prize money

$1,584,000

Title sponsor

Rocket Mortgage

Played as the Rocket Mortgage Classic (June 29-July 2). Rickie Fowler (USA) beat Collin Morikawa (USA) and Adam Hadwin (Can) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). [Detriot GC, Detroit, Mich.].

2019
America
267 (-17)
$1,278,000
Waste Mgt

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Score

267 (-17)

Prize money

$1,278,000

Title sponsor

Waste Mgt

Played as the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan 31-Feb 3). Second-placed Branden Grace (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Fowler (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].

2017
America
270 (-18)
$1,000,000
Hero MotoCorp

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$1,000,000

Title sponsor

Hero MotoCorp

Played as the Hero World Challenge (Nov 30-Dec 3; unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). Second-placed Charley Hoffman (USA) finished 4 shots behind Rickie Fowler (USA), whose final round 61 (-11) started with seven straight birdies. [Albany Resort, New Providence, Bahamas].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Score

268 (-12)

Prize money

$1,152,000

Title sponsor

Honda

Played as the Honda Classic (Feb 23-26). Second-placed Morgan Hoffman (USA) and Gary Woodland (USA) finished 4 shots behind Fowler (USA), who recorded his fourth PGA Tour win. [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].

2016
Europe
272 (-16)
€409,686
HSBC

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

€409,686

Title sponsor

HSBC

Played as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (Jan 21-24; European Tour event). Second-placed Thomas Pieters (Belg) finished 1 shot behind Rickie Fowler (USA), who claimed his second European Tour title. [Abu Dhabi GC, UAE].

2015
America
269 (-15)
$1,485,000
Deutsche Bank

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$1,485,000

Title sponsor

Deutsche Bank

Played as the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept 4-7; second of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Henrik Stenson (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Rickie Fowler (USA). Stenson double-bogeyed the par-3 16th in the final round, gifting Fowler a one shot lead and allowing the Californian to close out his third win of 2015. [TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.].

2015
Europe
268 (-12)
€760,545
Aberdeen Asset Mgt

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Score

268 (-12)

Prize money

€760,545

Title sponsor

Aberdeen Asset Mgt

Played as the Aberdeen Asset Mgt Scottish Open (July 9-12). Second-placed Raphaël Jacquelin (Fra) finished 1 shot behind 26-year-old Rickie Fowler (USA), who recorded his first European Tour win. [No.1 course, Gullane GC, Gullane, East Lothian].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$1,800,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as The Players Championship (May 7-10). Fowler (USA) beat Kevin Kisner (USA) with a birdie at the first sudden-death playoff hole (par-3 17th). In a three-hole playoff after regulation play, Fowler and Kisner both finished one-under-par on 11. Sergio Garcia (Esp) was eliminated with a one-over-par 13. Fowler recorded the biggest win of his career to date. [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].

2012
America
274 (-14)
$1,170,000
Wells Fargo

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$1,170,000

Title sponsor

Wells Fargo

Played as the Wells Fargo Championship (May 3-6). 23-year-old Rickie Fowler (USA) beat Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) and D.A. Points (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record his first PGA Tour win. [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC].

2011
Asia
Woo Jeong Hills
268 (-16)
US$249,864
Kolon

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Venue

Woo Jeong Hills

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

US$249,864

Title sponsor

Kolon

Played as the Kolon Korea Open (Oct 6-9; OneAsia/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) finished 6 shots behind Fowler (USA), who recorded his first win as a professional. [Woo Jeong Hills CC, Cheonan, S Korea].

2010
Awards
$2,857,108
see Score
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Fowler, Rickie

Venue

Score

$2,857,108

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Fowler (USA) won the PGA Tour 2010 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. He finished 22nd on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $2,857,108. Fowler (21) became the youngest winner of this award since Tiger Woods (20) in 1996.

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