Another season has gone by, and four more majors were won by players not named Rickie Fowler. You eventually start to wonder if he’s ever going to get through it.
He probably will. But then again, he might not. Either way, right now, he’s got nearly eight months to go before that thought needs to cross his mind again. Right now, the FedEx Cup Playoffs present themselves, and Fowler has a chance to make history in a totally different way.
Fowler’s transformation over the last four or five years, from a guy who was attempting to shed the “style over substance” label to a player who legitimately contends in majors, has worked. While Fowler won’t sneak up on anybody anymore, that’s okay. He’s not one to shy away from the biggest moments, and that always helps in the Playoffs.
You want recent form? Fowler has finished in the top-ten in three of his last four starts worldwide. History? Even though Glen Oaks has never hosted an event on Tour, Fowler has three top-tens in his last four trips to what was called the Barclays. That type of fast start is exactly what he’ll look for to stay in the top five on the way to the Tour Championship.
Statistically, Fowler still leads the TOUR in both strokes gained: putting, as well as adjusted scoring. If he figures out Glen Oaks early, he could have a commanding lead before you know it.