I’ve struggled a lot with where to put Rickie Fowler on this list. Here’s what I’m looking at right now.
He’s run off seven straight top-25 finishes, including three majors in that run. He finished inside the top ten in three majors and two WGC events, missing just three cuts in 19 starts so far. He’s ranked second on TOUR in adjusted scoring, second in strokes gained putting, and 13th in strokes gained tee-to-green.
And did I mention that he finished tied for fourth at the BMW Championship in 2015, the last time it was held at Conway Farms? Why then, is Fowler sitting here at fifth in our Power Ranking?
The answer is twofold. First, there are some guys above Fowler on this list that have just flat-out played better than he has recently. Fowler has been very good, but these FedEx Cup Playoffs have been great through the first two weeks. It’s going to take an equally great level of golf to win going forward.
Second, at this point in the season, there’s such a small gap between the first player and even the tenth that it’s all but impossible to predict a winner. It may sound like a cop out – and maybe it is – but I can’t just call everybody No. 1. Someone had to take a bit of a hit, and in this case it was Rickie.
Call it the “what have you done for me lately?” formula. Fowler has finished T20 and T13 in the first two playoff events. Considering the larger fields, those numbers are anything but bad. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Fowler emerge from Conway Farms victorious, but it’s going to take some really, really good golf.