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Rickie Fowler

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Rickie Fowler

Born: 13 December 1988

Birthplace: Murrieta, California, USA

College: Oklahoma State University

Resides: Jupiter, Florida

Major Wins: 0

Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 7

Other wins: 2

Grass Preference: Unknown

Significant Life Events: Yes

GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐

BIO

Rickie Fowler has five PGA Tour titles to his name, including the prestigious Players Championship which he won in 2015. He also has two European Tour titles – Scottish Open (2015) and Abu Dhabi Championship (2016), which led him to his highest ever world ranking of 4th.

Ricky turned professional in 2009 following 36 weeks as the number one ranked amateur golfer. It wasn’t long before he had a become a fan favourite in America and became famous for his all-orange outfit.

However, since his win in January 2019 in Phoenix, Rickie has slid down the world rankings and ended 2020 outside the top 50 for the first time since 2010. He briefly fell out of the top 100 in 2021 before showing some form at the end of the year.

Significant info

Rickie got married to field amateur athlete Allison Stokke in October 2019.

Had their first baby November 2021 so watch out for 2022 comeback. 
 

Pressure Performance Analysis

Summary 
Ricky has 5 PGA tour victories including the Players Championship, however only one of these have come since 2017 and he almost threw that away as well. There has to be some serious doubts about his ability to get over the line at the moment and with only two out of eight 54-hole conversions, he can be layed if leading at short odds. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at ⭐⭐.

October 2021
❌ Led Rory Mcilroy by 2 shots at the CJ Cup before a final round 71 meant he lost out by 3 shots.  A nervy performance back in contention for the first time in a while.

August 2020 
❌ Began the final round of the WGC - FedEx St. Jude Invitational 2 shots behind Brendon Todd. Shot 73 to finish 15th, and looked a shadow of himself.

January 2020 
❌ Co-led the American Express with Scottie Scheffler but shot 70-71 over the weekend to finish 10th, 8 shots back of winner Landry.

March 2019
✅ Began the final round 2 shots behind Wyndham Clark at The Honda Classic and shot 67 to miss out on a playoff by 1 shot as winner Keith Mitchell also shot 67.

August 2019 
✅ Began the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 4-shot lead and won by 2 strokes after recording a double bogey and triple bogey on route to a closing 3-over 74. Became the first player since 1983 to win with both a double bogey and triple bogey or worse in the final round. Triple bogey came at No. 11 at TPC Scottsdale after he chipped his ball into the water and received an additional penalty when the ball rolled back into the water after he had placed it back into play. Marked the second time of seven occasions he converted a 54-hole lead to victory.

September 2018 
❌ Co-led after 18 holes with Tiger Woods at the Tour Championship with a 65 and followed with 72-73-65 to finish 7th, 6 shots back from Woods.

July 2018 
➖ Co-led after 18 holes at the Scottish Open with a 64 and followed with 66-68-68 to finish 6th, 6 shots back from winner Brandon Stone.

February 2018 
❌ Entered the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 1 shot lead. Closed with a 2-over 73 to finish 11th, 6 strokes behind winner Gary Woodland. Marked his fifth (out of six) 54-hole lead/co-lead he was unable to convert to victory.

Trends

Unpredictable 
Several of Rickie’s wins have followed a poor finish the week beforehand. Win at 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship followed a MC, Scottish Open victory the same year followed a MC and Phoenix Open win in 2019 followed a 66th place. The 3rd palce finish at the CJ cup in 2021 followed two missed cuts, as did his 8th at the PGA Championship.

Wind Expert 
Big finishes in Phoenix and Honda in 2019 and previous wins in Scotland and Players Championship.

Events to back Fowler

Tournament of Champions
Strong last four results at season opener Tournament of Champions – 4th in 2020, 4th in 2018, 5th in 2016, 6th in 2013. That's if he can qualify again!

Phoenix Open
Loves the Phoenix Open with a win in 2019, 2nd places in 2010 and 2016 and led after 54 holes in 2018. 

The CJ Cup
Rickie took really well to the Summit Club in 2021 despite some poor form, if it is played there again in 2022 keep him onside.

Playoff Record

2-2. Lost most recent playoff at 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open to Hideki Matsuyama who parred the 4th extra hole for the win. The year before in 2015 he won a three-man playoff at the Players Championship, where he defeated Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a three-hole aggregate playoff.

Back in 2012 he won another three-man playoff at the Wells Fargo Championship, bating Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points with birdie on the 1st extra hole. Lost his first ever PGA tour playoff to a Troy Matteson birdie on the 1st extra hole of the 2009 Frys.com Open. This was also a three-man playoff with Jamie Lovemark.

No bet advised on a Rickie playoff due to limited recent evidence.

Significant Quotes

Shriners for Hospital's Children Open, 2020
Q. How challenging has this been, this stretch for you, and have any doubts about what you're doing crept into your head?
RICKIE FOWLER: No, it definitely has been tough. Anyone that goes through changes or even just dealing with struggles, low points, it happens at some point for everyone.
For me, it's just going through changes. Yeah, it's definitely been tough. But, no, I've never doubted it just because there has been some rounds or some tournaments here and there where seeing the work kind of come through.
Just haven't been able to piece everything together and really put it into a really efficient, consistent form yet. But that is coming. We're just beating down the door.
Like I said, to have had at least some highlights throughout the year where -- whether it was just a good round where stuff clicked, some tournaments where I was able to get myself up into contention, and just keep beating it down, it's been a fun process.
But at the same time, it's definitely been very tough mentally just trying to keep pushing forward. You know, I know what I'm capable of. Seeing other guys struggle, I know what they're capable of. But it's part of golf. It's probably the most humbling game out there. Sometimes you just got to keep putting the foot forward, putting the work in, and keep at it.

Sentry Tournament of Champions, 2020
Q. Top six every time you've played here. Why is that?
RICKIE FOWLER: Well, I love playing in the wind. I feel like this golf course also allows you to use your imagination. Obviously with the amount of up and down and side slopes, and in the wind you've got to have some imagination on shot shape and hit your windows and let the wind -- when it's blowing over 10 or 15, you can't really hold it up against the wind, so you kind of have to play with it and let the wind move your ball, so judging that properly is always fun for me.