After picking up his first, and only career PGA win at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012, PGA star, Rickie Fowler finished T 2 the following week at the Players Championship, finished T 5 at the Crowne Plaza Colonial, and then fell into obscurity. The well-dressed, and popular star from Oklahoma State had a horrible 2013 season, and has had nothing to write home about so far in the new 2014 season.
The 25 year-old from Anaheim, California has played in the CIMB Classic, and the WGC-HSBC Championship where he finished T 19 and T 56 respectfully. It doesn’t appear that he has his game, or swing figured out as the we get closer to the regular start to the 2014 season.
In his latest start at the Thailand Championship, he continued to play up and down golf on Sunday with a chance to make some noise against some of the worlds best players. He made six birdies and four bogeys in the final round to post a 70, and a share of eighth place. He finished at 11 under par, seven shots off the pace set by tournament winner, Sergio Garcia.
Fowler played in 22 official PGA events in 2013 where his best finish in a FedEx Cup event was a T 3 at The Arnold Palmer Invitational. He managed five top ten’s, and ten top 25’s. He missed four cuts, and finished in 42nd place in the FedEx Cup standings.
His major season was mediocre at best but he missed only one cut, that coming in Muirfield at the Open Championship. His best was a T 10 at Merion during the US Open.
With his flashy style, and Sunday Orange, Rickie Fowler continues to be a very popular player on the PGA Tour, especially with the younger fans. His persona brings thousands of young fans to golf, and it would be a shame if his poor play on the golf course can’t keep them around.
I am looking for better things from Rickie Fowler in 2014, and maybe that second win. His 125th place scoring average 71.825 posted in 2013 will have to improve considerably if he wants to contend against the likes of Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, and a re-emerging Rory McIlroy.
If he thought 2013 was tough, wait until 2014 get’s into full swing.
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