Rickie Fowler dropped just one spot in the new FedEx Cup standings, flipping places with Jon Rahm when he tied for 20th place. Things were actually going fairly smoothly for Fowler through the first two rounds, and he found himself in a four-way tie for the lead with Jhonattan Vegas, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson at the midway point. So far, so good, right?
Unfortunately, Saturday was absolutely “Moving Day” for Fowler, only it went in the wrong direction. He shot 74 – tied for the fourth-worst round of the day – while Spieth shot 64 and DJ a 67. Suddenly playing from well off the lead, Fowler shot level-par 70 on Sunday to finish at two-under, but you could tell it was still a disappointing result when he had gotten into such serious contention.
What’s the best remedy? Getting right back into the action, at the site of what is arguably his biggest victory to date. In 2015, the same year that Fowler broke through to win The PLAYERS, and a year after his white-hot major season, the Oklahoma State alum won his first FedEx Cup Playoff event at the Deutsche Bank Championship. His one-shot victory over Henrik Stenson allowed him to jump from 22nd in the points to third, giving his Playoff run a major shot in the arm.
Why is Fowler just seventh here, then? That win was one of just two career top-25 finishes for him at TPC Boston. I love what Fowler’s game looks like this year, ranked second in strokes gained: putting and 12th in strokes gained: tee-to-green. If he carries that type of form into the Dell Technologies Championship, he should easily add to that career record.