I love Rickie Fowler. That’s why it was so painful to watch him struggle his way through the 2021 super season. It’s been tough to not see the orange Puma gear on Sunday’s, but the good news is, its a new year.
Fowler had 24 starts last season, he was cut 9 times and had just one top 10, interestingly enough that came at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. He didn’t even qualify for The Masters this year. On top of that, he missed the FedEx Cup playoffs entirely after being cut at the Wyndham Championship.
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2022 hasn’t gotten off to great start either. Fowler was cut this past weekend at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. There may be a silver lining here though. He was able to shoot a 5-under 66 in the 2nd round of the Shriners, following up his 1-over performance the previous day. Rickie wasn’t able to stay the weekend, but maybe, just maybe, he can take something from that 2nd round.
I think simplifying his game could benefit Rickie Fowler. Getting back to basics can sort of give you a reset of the system, and if 2021 was any indication, Rickie could use it.
Fowler is scheduled to be in the field this week at The CJ Cup at the Summit Club in Las Vegas. This is a really strong field coming into the Vegas desert, competition will be tough, which gives Fowler and opportunity to make a statement with some of the world’s top players on the course with him.
Rickie Fowler needs to get back to playing good golf. He still has a ton of talent, he just needs to find what it was that earned him all the success he’s had in the 5 years prior.
Golf, at least for me, is more fun when Rickie Fowler is playing well. He’s been one of my favorite players on tour since he was this baby face fresh out of Oklahoma State. Although losing the mustache might serve him well too.
I have no doubt that he’ll break out of his cavernous hole his game has been in. It’s just a matter of time before he’s contending again. He’s only 32-years old, and still has plenty of golf ahead of him. I just hope he’ll recover sooner rather than later.