Rickie Fowler

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Rickie Fowler
— Golfer —
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Fowler in July 2010
Personal information
Full name Rick Yutaka Fowler
Born (1988-12-13) December 13, 1988 (age 33)
Murrieta, California
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)[1]
Nationality  United States
Residence Jupiter, Florida
College Oklahoma State University
Turned professional 2009
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
European Tour 2
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T5: 2014
U.S. Open T2: 2014
The Open Championship T2: 2014
PGA Championship T3: 2014
Achievements and awards
Ben Hogan Award 2008
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year

Rick Yutaka Fowler (born December 13, 1988) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He was the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world for 37 weeks in 2007 and 2008. On January 24, 2016 he reached a career high fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking following his victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Amateur career

Born and raised in Murrieta, California,[1] Fowler attended Murrieta Valley High School. For years, he played only on a driving range and is almost entirely self-taught.[2] In his senior year in high school, Fowler won the SW League Final with a total score of 64-69=133, and led his team to the state final in 2007.

After high school he attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He posted his first collegiate victory at the Fighting Illini Invitational hosted by the University of Illinois on October 1, 2007, by shooting a 203 (70-63-70) to win the tournament by one stroke.[3]

In the summer of 2005, Fowler won the Western Junior and competed in the U.S. Amateur, where he was defeated by the eventual champion Richie Ramsay.

In 2006, Fowler shot a 137 for two rounds at the U.S. Junior Amateur and was knocked out in the second round of match play. The championship was won by Philip Francis.

Fowler represented the United States in its victory at the 2007 Walker Cup. His record was 2–0 in foursomes and 1–1 in singles making his overall record 3–1. Billy Horschel was his partner for both of their foursome victories. That year Fowler won the Sunnehanna Amateur in June and the Players Amateur in July.

In 2008, Fowler repeated as Sunnehanna Amateur champion. In the first round of the U.S. Open, Fowler shot a −1 (70) and was in a tie for 7th place. He was one of three amateurs to make the cut, along with Derek Fathauer and Michael Thompson. He ended the tournament tied for 60th. In October 2008 Fowler played on the Eisenhower Trophy team that finished second. He was the leading individual player.

In 2009, Fowler made his second and last appearance in the Walker Cup. He won all four matches in which he played as the U.S. won by a seven-point margin. His partner in both foursomes matches was Bud Cauley. He also finished third in the Sunnehanna Amateur in 2009.

Fowler was given the 2008 Ben Hogan Award.

Professional career


In 2009, Fowler had the first runner-up finish of his career on the Nationwide Tour in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational losing in a playoff to Derek Lamely.

After the Walker Cup, Fowler turned professional and played the Albertsons Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour for his pro debut.[4]

In September 2009, it was announced that Fowler signed a multi-year equipment deal with Titleist.[5] He has since signed a deal with Rolex.

Fowler's first PGA Tour event as a professional was the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open where he finished tied for seventh.[6] His second PGA Tour event was at the Frys.com Open played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. He finished tied for second after losing to Troy Matteson in a three-way playoff that included Jamie Lovemark. Fowler's score of 18-under-par included a hole-in-one on the fifth hole in his final round. Fowler also notched an eagle in each of his four rounds.[7]

In November, he finished T2 with D. A. Points, two shots behind the winner Mark Brooks in the Pebble Beach Invitational an unofficial money event on the PGA Tour.

In December 2009, Fowler successfully gained his PGA Tour card for 2010 through qualifying school, finishing T15.[8]


In February 2010, Fowler finished second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a score of 15-under-par at the TPC of Scottsdale course. In June, Fowler notched his third PGA Tour runner-up finish at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Fowler entered the final round in the lead, but shot a 73 to finish behind Justin Rose, who recorded his first PGA Tour victory. This performance took Fowler into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

In September, he signed a clothing deal with Puma.[9] In the same month, he was also chosen as a captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.[10] At age 21 years and 9 months when the matches began, Fowler became the youngest U.S. Ryder Cup player of all time, and only European Sergio García was younger when he made his Ryder Cup debut in 1999. Fowler forfeited a hole during foursomes competition on the first match day because of a rules violation, by taking a permissible free drop from muddy conditions in an improper location, a mistake U.S. captain Corey Pavin attributed to Fowler's inexperience.[11] On the final day of the competition in his singles match against Edoardo Molinari, Fowler birdied the last 4 holes to halve the match after having been 4 down after 12 holes.[12]

Fowler won the Rookie of the Year award,[13] controversially claiming the award over Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.[14][15]


In July 2011, Fowler tied the 54-hole lead at the AT&T National, but an early double bogey on Sunday derailed his opportunity for his first PGA Tour win. Two weeks later Fowler recorded his most successful result to date in a major tournament by finishing tied for 5th in The Open Championship at Royal St George's.[16] In August, Fowler finished in a tie for second at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational behind winner Adam Scott, lifting him to 28 in the world rankings.[17]

At the PGA Championship, Fowler carded 74-69-75-68 to finish with a six-over par total of 286, in a tie for 51st place. Early on the third day Fowler rocketed up the leaderboard with three birdies in the first five holes only to falter later in the round with two triple bogeys, effectively ending his hopes of a first major championship and PGA Tour win.[18]

At the first FedEx Cup playoff event, Fowler finished T52 at The Barclays in the last week in August. The following week he again finished T52 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second FedEx Cup playoff event, after carding a disappointing six over par final round 77. At that point Fowler was positioned 37 in the FedEx Cup points standings and required a strong performance at the BMW Championship to qualify in the top thirty for The Tour Championship; a performance which eluded him, finishing in 48th place. In finishing 43rd in the FedEx Cup, Fowler earned a $132,000 bonus.[19]

In October, Fowler enjoyed his first professional win with victory in the OneAsia Tour's Kolon Korea Open, securing a six shot victory over Rory McIlroy.

Fowler ended 2011 ranked 32nd in the world.[20]

In September, Fowler, along with Graeme McDowell, was part of the PGA Tour's These Guys are Good campaign.[21][22]


In May 2012, Fowler won the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte on the first extra hole of a sudden-death playoff. Replaying the 18th hole, he defeated Rory McIlroy and D. A. Points with a birdie to gain his first PGA Tour win. Fowler shot a 69 (−3) in the final round to finish in a three-way tie after 72 holes at Quail Hollow Club. This win enabled Fowler to break the top-25 in the world, placing him at number 24. The following week at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Fowler played the final hole at −11 under par and had a birdie opportunity to bring him within one of leader and eventual winner Matt Kuchar. Fowler, however, pushed his putt to the right and finished in a tie for second, his fifth second-place finish of his career.


In 2013 Fowler finished runner-up in the Australian PGA Championship. He finished T2 with Cameron Percy and Jack Wilson, four shots behind the tournament winner Adam Scott.


After a tie for fifth at the Masters in April, Fowler had his best finish of 2014 at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. Fowler was runner-up with Erik Compton at −1, best finishes for both at a major, but they were eight stroke behind champion Martin Kaymer. Fowler had another second-place finish at the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. He began the final round six strokes behind Rory McIlroy and finished the day tied for second with Sergio García at −15, two strokes behind McIlroy. At the next major in August, the PGA Championship, Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, and McIlroy battled for the title on a rain-soaked Valhalla Golf Club, near Louisville. Despite holding the lead for a good portion of the day, Fowler tied for third. He was only the third player, along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to have finished in the top 5 in all four majors in one calendar year, but the first not to win (Jordan Spieth became the fourth player in 2015). Fowler had 10 top-10 finishes during the 2013–14 season. His 8th-place finish at The Tour Championship moved him to 10th in the world golf rankings.[23]


After a T-12 finish at the Masters, Fowler earned his first win in over three years with a playoff victory at The Players Championship in May. Trailing Sergio García midway through the final round by five shots, Fowler played the final six holes in 6-under par, including an eagle at the par-5 16th. After a birdie at the famous 17th hole, Fowler's final birdie of the round on 18 left him at 12-under par. Both García and Kevin Kisner had birdie attempts to win at the 18th in regulation, but both missed and the three men went to a three-hole aggregate playoff to decide a winner on holes 16–18. Fowler and Kisner went par-birdie-par to tie at −1 while García's three pars left him at even and he was eliminated. Thus Fowler and Kisner went to sudden death starting at the 17th, where Kisner's tee shot landed within about 12 feet (3.7 m) of the cup. Fowler answered with a shot inside of five feet, and when Kisner's birdie attempt slid by, Fowler responded by making his short birdie to claim the championship. Fowler played his final 10 holes in 8-under par.[24] On July 12, he won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European Tour, shooting a 12-under-par 268. On September 7, he won the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second FedEx Cup Playoffs event, by one stroke over Henrik Stenson, for his third victory on the PGA Tour.


After finishing fifth in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, Fowler claimed his first victory of 2016 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the European Tour. He shot a final round of 69 to finish one clear of Belgium's Thomas Pieters.[25] Two weeks later, Fowler was in contention to win again but lost out to Japan's Hideki Matsuyama in a playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.[26] On March 7, Fowler sparked fantastic scenes after sinking a hole-in-one with fellow tour pro Luke Donald's pitching wedge to win $1 million for Ernie Els' charity, Els for Autism.[27]


Fowler resides in Jupiter, Florida, relocating from Las Vegas following the 2010 season.[28] Fowler's middle name, Yutaka, comes from his maternal grandfather, who is Japanese.[29] His maternal grandmother is Navajo Native American.[30] On the final day of a golf tournament Fowler wears orange[31] in honor of Oklahoma State University.[32]

Fowler is one of four golfers in the "Golf Boys" group along with fellow PGA Tour players Ben Crane, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan. The Golf Boys released a YouTube video of the song "Oh Oh Oh" on the eve of the 2011 U.S. Open. Farmers Insurance is donating $1,000 for every 100,000 views of the video. The charitable proceeds will support both Farmers and Ben Crane charitable initiatives.[33]

In 2012, Fowler filmed a commercial for Crowne Plaza Hotels entitled "It's Good to be Rickie" with golf commentator Ian Baker Finch. He was featured in an ESPN "This is SportsCenter" commercial with sportscaster John Anderson in 2013.[34] On November 28, 2015, Fowler was the guest picker on ESPN's College GameDay (his picks went 7–4).

Fowler attends weekly Bible studies on tour.[35]

Fowler has two tattoos. One is a block "G" near his left elbow in honor of Georgia Veach, the daughter of a Seattle pastor and friend. Georgia was diagnosed with lissencephaly. Fowler got the tattoo just before the 2015 Presidents Cup.[36] The second is from January 2016 and contains the name Yutaka Tanaka (Rickie's grandfather) in Japanese script on his left biceps.[37]

Amateur wins (5)

Professional wins (6)

PGA Tour wins (3)

FedEx Cup playoff event (1)
Other PGA Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 May 6, 2012 Wells Fargo Championship 66-72-67-69=274 −14 Playoff Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy, United States D. A. Points
2 May 10, 2015 The Players Championship 69-69-71-67=276 −12 Playoff Spain Sergio García, United States Kevin Kisner
3 Sep 7, 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship 67-67-67-68=269 −15 1 stroke Sweden Henrik Stenson

PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2009 Frys.com Open United States Troy Matteson, United States Jamie Lovemark Matteson won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2012 Wells Fargo Championship Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy, United States D. A. Points Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2015 The Players Championship Spain Sergio García, United States Kevin Kisner Won with birdie on first extra hole after three-hole aggregate playoff (Fowler: 11, Kisner: 11, García: 12)
4 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open Japan Hideki Matsuyama Lost to par on fourth extra hole

European Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Jul 12, 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 66-68-66-68=268 −12 1 stroke France Raphaël Jacquelin, United States Matt Kuchar
2 Jan 24, 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 70-68-65-69=272 −16 1 stroke Belgium Thomas Pieters

OneAsia Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Oct 9, 2011 Kolon Korea Open 67-70-63-68=268 −16 6 strokes Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy

Results in major championships

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T38 T27 T38 T5 T12 CUT
U.S. Open T60 CUT DNP CUT T41 T10 T2 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP T14 T5 T31 CUT T2 T30
PGA Championship DNP DNP T58 T51 CUT T19 T3 T30

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 1 2 6 5
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 2 2 7 4
The Open Championship 0 1 0 2 2 3 6 5
PGA Championship 0 0 1 1 1 2 6 5
Totals 0 2 1 5 6 9 25 19
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2013 PGA – 2015 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (2014 Masters – 2014 PGA)

Results in World Golf Championships

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Cadillac Championship DNP 8 T45 T35 T44 T12 T8
Dell Match Play DNP R16 R64 R64 3 R16 T38
Bridgestone Invitational T33 T2 T60 T21 T8 T10
HSBC Champions T25 DNP DNP T55 T3 T17

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

PGA Tour career summary

Year Tournaments
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
list rank
Scoring avg
2008 2 1 0 0 0 0 T60 0 71.42
2009 6 4 0 1 0 2 T2 571,090 247 70.11
2010 28 20 0 2 1 7 2 2,857,109 23 70.43
2011 24 19 0 1 0 4 T2 2,084,681 37 70.01
2012 23 20 1 1 0 5 1 3,066,293 21 70.61
2013 22 18 0 0 1 5 T3 1,816,742 40 70.21
2014 26 19 0 2 2 10 T2 4,806,117 8 70.17
2015 21 17 2 1 1 7 1 5,773,430 4 70.23
Career* 152 118 3 8 5 40 1 20,975,460 48

*As of September 27, 2015.[38]

U.S. national team appearances



See also


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