Where does Rickie Fowler go now after failing to defend Rocket Mortgage title?

After failing to defend his title at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, what's next for Rickie Fowler?
Rickie Fowler - Rocket Mortgage Classic
Rickie Fowler - Rocket Mortgage Classic / Raj Mehta/GettyImages

Last season was a comeback tour of sorts for Rickie Fowler. He had seven top 10s and won the Rocket Mortgage Classic. This season he has taken a step back. His best finish was a tie for 18th at the RBC Heritage back in April. He just completed defending his title at the Rocket Mortgage Classic this past weekend.

He finished out the tournament in a tie for 31st place. His best round was the first where he shot a 66 for a 6-under par round. It was a disappointing finish for one of the most popular players on tour.

Rickie Fowler has struggled this season with his putter

His putting average is currently 1.772 which ranks him 116th on tour. Fowler commented on his putting struggles before the Rocket Mortgage saying: “You’re not seeing putts go in and it kind of adds some extra stress to having to hit greens or hit it closer, chip it close, that circle gets quite a bit bigger once you see some go in.”

Fowler also has had trouble getting into the red. He has a birdie average per round of 3.61 which sees him ranked 129th. In comparison to last season, his birdie average was 4.16. It had him ranked 24th. He currently is not scheduled to participate in this week's tournament the John Deere Classic.

What will come next for Fowler will be determined by if he can return to last year's form. The 6-time tour winner is someone who you shouldn't bet against. He has proven time and time again that he can be one of the elite players in the world. But for this season, the clock is ticking.

He currently ranks 93rd in the FedEx Cup Standings. Only the top 70 advance to the playoffs which will start at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in August. Fowler's next chance to get back on track may come at the Genesis Scottish Open.