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PGA Tour: can Rickie Fowler win at Rocket Mortgage Classic?

Rickie Fowler has had his struggles on the PGA Tour this season. Can he put it together this week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic?

Rickie Fowler has had a less than spectacular year on the PGA Tour. However, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit this week, Fowler has a chance to turn things around in a hurry.

The season started well for Fowler, as he tied for fifth at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Two weeks later, in his next start, he tied for 10th at the American Express.

That’s when the struggles started for the 31-year-old Fowler. He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open the following week, then had to rally to make the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. After shooting a 65 on Friday to make it to the weekend, Fowler ultimately finished in a tie for 37th.

From there, Fowler took nearly a month off before playing again at the Honda Classic, where he started with a 76 on Thursday and missed the cut. The following week, Fowler was in the mix at the Arnold Palmer Invitational until a 77-74 weekend left him in a tie for 18th place.

The following week, at the Players Championship, Fowler would have potentially been in the mix, especially considering he has won at TPC Sawgrass before. However, the event, and the next three months of the tour schedule, were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Fowler looked good in the made-for-TV TaylorMade Driving Relief event, when he and Matthew Wolff partnered against Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. Fowler’s duo came up just short in the end of the May charitable event.

However, since the tour resumed in mid-June, Fowler has struggled mightily

At the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club, Fowler missed the cut after shooting 73-69. Then at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, Fowler shot 67-72 to miss the cut again.

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Now, Fowler needs to bounce back and he may have just that kind of opportunity at this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. Fowler will be one of the better players in the field when he tees it up on Thursday in Detroit, and he needs to take advantage of playing against a field that’s not absolutely stacked.

Fowler will enter the week at 108th in the FedEx Cup standings and should be able to take advantage of the lesser field this week. If Fowler is to make any kind of run this season, it really needs to start this week in Detroit.

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