Who's who in golf - Rickie Fowler


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Name: - Rick Yutaka 'Rickie' Fowler
Country: - USA
Born : - December 13, 1988 in Murrieta, Riverside County, California.
Original Home/Club: - Oklahoma State University.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 2009
Web Address: - http://www.rickiefowler.com
Sponsor / Attachment: - Puma, Cobra, Titleist, Rolex, Red Bull, Bushnell.

Roll of Honour

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


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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

2017Men AmericaHonda ClassicPGA National268 (-12)$1,152,000
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].
2017Men AmericaWorld ChallengeAlbany Resort270 (-18)$1,000,000
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 Fowler (USA), whose final round 11-under-par 61 started with seven straight birdies. [Albany Resort, New Providence, Bahamas].
2016Men EuropeAbu Dhabi ChampionshipAbu Dhabi GC272 (-16)€409,686
Played as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (Jan 21-24; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Thomas Pieters (Belg) finished 1 shot behind Fowler (USA), who claimed his second European Tour title. [Abu Dhabi GC, UAE].
2015Men AmericaDell Tech ChampionshipTPC Boston269 (-15)$1,485,000
Played as the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept 4-7; second of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Henrik Stenson (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Fowler (USA). Stenson's final round double-bogey at the par-3 16th handed Fowler a one shot lead; two holes later Fowler closed-out his third win in 2015. [TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.].
2015Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass276 (-12)$1,800,000
Played as The Players Championship. Fowler (USA) recorded the biggest win of his career to date, beating Kevin Kisner (USA) with a birdie at TPC Sawgrass's notorious par-3 17th (the first extra playoff hole). In a 3-hole playoff after regulation play, Fowler and Kisner both finished with one-under-par scores of 11; Sergio Garcia (Esp) was eliminated with a one-over-par 13. [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
2015Men EuropeScottish OpenGullane268 (-12)€760,545
Played as the Aberdeen Asset Mgt Scottish Open. Second-placed Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Tour winner Fowler (USA). [No.1 course, Gullane GC, Gullane, East Lothian].
2012Men AmericaWells Fargo Ch'shipQuail Hollow Club274 (-14)$1,170,000
Played as the Wells Fargo Championship (May 3-6). First-time PGA Tour winner Fowler (USA) beat Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) and D.A. Points (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC].
2011Men AsiaKorea OpenWoo Jeong Hills268 (-16)US$249,864
Played as the Kolon Korea Open (OneAsia Tr 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].
2010Men AwardsRookie of Yr - PGA Tr$2,857,108see Score
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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