Rickie Fowler has become one of the most beloved players in the game of golf. He is revered as a trailblazer for the younger generations of golfers who have emerged in the last two years. Essentially, Fowler made the sport and everything around it fun again. He showed us that it’s acceptable for golfers to be friends off the course and use social media to interact with the fans.
Not mention that he is one of the better players on the PGA Tour, despite not having a major championship under his belt. Don’t worry there is plenty of time for that.
It Begins: PGA Tour Card
Fowler made it through Q-School to attain his PGA Tour card. Prior to that, he was touted as one of the best collegiate golfers in the United States. Fowler was a two-time All American at Oklahoma and won both the Ben Hogan and Phil Mickelson award in his first season.
He played on both the 2007 and 2009 Walker Cup teams and was 7-1 in matches those two years as the U.S. claimed victory both times. After the 2009 win, Fowler declared he would become a professional.
First Victory And Those That Followed
Fowler made his professional debut at the 2009 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. But he wouldn’t get his PGA Tour card until the end of that year, which would make 2010 his rookie season. He got off to a blazing hot start for a 22-year-old.
In 2010 Fowler finished with seven Top-10 finishes and was ranked 32nd in the FedEx Cup standings. That earned him PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors. He also qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open and Masters tournaments since he was in the Top-30 for earnings.
Fowler wouldn’t earn his first victory on the PGA Tour until the 2012 season when he edged out Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points at the Wells Fargo Championship. He made a birdie on the first hole of their sudden-death playoff to secure the victory.
Fowler almost became the second player to earn PGA Tour win No.1 and 2 one in back-to-back weeks when he finished T-2 at the 2012 Players Championship (which many consider to be the ‘fifth major’).
Ironically, Fowler’s staple victory came in the 2015 Players Championship. More specifically in the final six holes on Sunday afternoon. Going into the final day, Fowler was three shots off the lead but he rallied to shoot six-under on those final six holes to force a playoff with Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner.
It came down to Fowler and Kisner at the historic hole No.17 on the water at TPC Sawgrass after Garcia was eliminated from the aggregate playoff. Fowler stuck his shot just under five-feet from the pin as the crowd erupted like a colosseum. He sank that gimmie putt for the biggest and most dramatic win of his young career.
Fowler is still vying for that first major. It took Phil Mickelson 43 major starts to get his first one, so Fowler should have nothing to worry about, despite how much the media loves to harp on that fact.
Drama On And Off The Course:
you could say that Fowler has drama off the course, but the good kind of drama. When Fowler first came on the scene he was known for his long hair and High School Musical version Zach-Efron looks. The ladies wanted to be with him and guys wanted to be him.
As Efron grew up, so did Fowler. Even with a shorter haircut, Fowler is still the heartthrob on the PGA Tour. In 2015, Fowler’s bikini-model girlfriend Alexis Randock stole the show at his Players Championship win when she greeted him after his putt on 17.
— STN Sports (@STN_Sports) July 3, 2015
After Fowler and Randock split up, the young gun didn’t seem to be too bothered with trips like SB2k15 to keep his mind off of it. He famously posed solo in the 2016 US Ryder Cup winning picture, becoming a meme in the golfing world.
It wasn’t until recently that he began dating his current girlfriend, Olympic pole-vaulter Allison Stokke.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 31, 2017
Looks like he has a thing for brunettes.
Other than his love life, Fowler has not found legal trouble or any trouble in general off the course. You can find him messing around with Justin Thomas on off days and at the course as both guys are avid snapchaters. (Rickie Fowler – rickiefowler15, Justin Thomas – jthomas34)
Stats And Where They Are Now:
Going into the 2018 season, Fowler is ranked seventh in the Official World Golf Rankings. In 2017 Fowler was ranked second in scoring average (69.1), just a tick behind Jordan Spieth (68.8). He also finished second in strokes gained for putting (.761), sixth in earnings ($6,083,197), and 16th in strokes gained tee-to-green (.995)
In his career, Fowler has seven professional victories, four of them coming on the PGA Tour. He’s also competed on three Ryder Cup teams (2010, 2014, 2016), two Presidents Cup teams (2015, 2017), and once in the Olympics (2016) – all were for the United States.
What The Future Holds:
If there is anyone on the PGA Tour who is due for a major championship, it’s Rickie Fowler. He finished Top-5 in both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship this past season (11th in the Masters and 22nd in The Open).
He is on the cusp of capturing one but the key for him will be his ability to finish on Sunday afternoon. The 28-year-old possess all the ability in the world to have a wire-to-wire finish in a major. He just needs to learn how to focus in on Sunday and score big to either increase the lead he has already or sneaks up behind someone at taking it from them.
Rickie Fowler is a show-stopper and a major victory in 2018 would be a very popular win amongst the fans. That alone could put him on a fast track for multiple titles after that. Either way, we have no doubt that Fowler will continue to wow on Tour and be an innovator for the game.