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Looking Back at Who to Watch for 2012: Rickie Fowler

On PGATOUR.com, they are in the midst of listing their top 100 players to watch for the 2013 season, They have already unveiled 51-100 and you can catch that here.

Let’s take a look back at who the staff on PGATOUR.com said was their top 100 to watch for 2012 and see how on they were. Today, we’ll start with who they placed as the #10 player to watch: Rickie Fowler.

Much was said about Fowler previous to 2012. He still had some hype coming off a win on the OneAsia Tour, but it wasn’t on the PGA TOUR, and that left some still in doubt as to what Fowler was capable of producing on the course. What isn’t stated a lot is that Rory McIlroy was in that same field…and Fowler won by six strokes.

Fowler was featured along side Tiger Woods on the cover of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR ’13. Yes, 2012 should be a nice year. Now the question everyone wanted answered was when Fowler would notch his first PGA TOUR win.

Heading into the Wells Fargo Championship, Fowler had a rather so-so season in the makings. He had a pair of top 10s (T7 at The Honda Classic and T10 at the previous week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans), but he also had a pair of missed cuts (Pebble and RBC Heritage) thrown into the mix. There were no real rumblings about what was to occur in

Fowler would enter a playoff with Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points. Points should have already had the tournament won if not for a bogey on the 72nd hole. After the three hit their tee shots on the first playoff hole, Fowler came up with this…

Fowler would go on to make his birdie putt and capture his first PGA title. His season seem to take off from there as Fowler would finish T2 at The Players and T5 at Colonial. 2012 was developing into a year that could evolve into something even more unforgettable.

Then the bump came.

For the reminder of 2012, Fowler would not record a single top 20 finish and he missed the cut at the PGA Championship. His best finish after Colonial would be a T23 at the TOUR Championship. Some within the golf world intimated that his lack of performance was a reason he was not a member of the 2012 Ryder Cup team. Of course, there was some pretty stiff competition.

Here were Fowler’s results at the majors:

The Masters: T27
U.S. Open: T41
The Open Championship: T31
PGA Championship: MC

In 2012 Fowler did gain his first PGA TOUR win. As a whole, he may not have had the season many or even himself envisioned. I know one goal Fowler had was making the Ryder Cup. What American golfer doesn’t? He did play well as a member of the 2010 team on foreign soil no less.

Fowler also continues to gain in popularity due in part to his bright clothing (you honestly can’t miss him especially on tournament Sundays) and his love of all things extreme sports related. Fowler appeals to the younger crowd, a crowd that golf needs to continually work on gaining interest in the sport.

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