A win was a long time coming for Rickie Fowler. Five years to be exact.
He was plummeting deep into the 100s of the world rankings in recent years before getting his game back in 2022. Still, plenty of high finishes never yielded a victory.
Fowler finally got the job done in his last start a couple weeks ago at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. It surely made one of his primary sponsors, Rocket Mortgage, happy.
He was happy, too.
"“I knew it wasn’t far off and just kind of had to keep putting the time in, keep grinding, keep pushing,” Fowler was transcribed by TeeScripts. “Then started to see some positive results and starting to build some confidence and momentum last fall”"
DataGolf on July 3 ranked Fowler as the No. 6 golfer in the world, using strokes gained metrics that favor more recent results, as opposed to the two-year rolling basis of the Official World Golf Ranking that has Fowler at No. 21 on July 9.
The orange-clad golfer owns five straight top-15 finishes and has a whopping 10 top-20s in his last 11 starts.
Fowler didn’t contend for the title in many of those starts, but he was clearly trending upward.
The 34-year-old American is making his third start at The Renaissance Club. He missed the cut in 2019 and took T-47th in 2022. He does have a good track record on links courses with a win at the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open held at Gullane.
He’s made 10 of 11 cuts at The Open Championship with three top-10s.
Fowler ranks eighth on the PGA Tour in total strokes gained per round (1.804). He’s in the positive in every SG category, including seventh in approach-the-green (.761) and eighth in tee-to-green (1.382).
All facets of his game are coming together nicely.