Fowler in July 2010
|Full name||Rick Yutaka Fowler|
December 13, 1988 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)|
|College||Oklahoma State University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||T27: 2012|
|U.S. Open||T41: 2012|
|The Open Championship||T5: 2011|
|PGA Championship||T51: 2011|
|Achievements and awards|
Rookie of the Year
Fowler was born and raised in Murrieta, California,[dead link] where he went to Murrieta Valley High School. For years, he played only on a driving range and is almost entirely self-taught. During his freshman year in high school, he posted an all-time course record of 62 at his home course, SCGA, in Murrieta, California. 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. 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.
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.
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.
In September 2009, it was announced that Fowler signed a multi-year equipment deal with Titleist. He also signed a clothing deal with Puma in the same month. 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. 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 threeway 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.
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 Scottsdale, Arizona. In June 2010 Fowler notched his third PGA Tour runner-up finish at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Fowler entered the final round in the lead, before shooting a 73 to finish behind tournament winner, 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 2010, he was chosen as a captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. 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. 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.
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. 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.
At the 2011 PGA Championship, Fowler carded 74-69-75-68 to finish with a six-over par total of 286, finishing 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.
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 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.
Fowler ended 2011 ranked 32nd on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Fowler won the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 6, 2012, 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.
Fowler resides in Jupiter, Florida; he moved to Florida from Las Vegas when the 2010 season ended. Fowler's middle name, Yutaka, comes from his maternal grandfather, who is Japanese. His maternal grandmother is Navajo. On the final day of a golf tournament Fowler wears orange in honor of Oklahoma State University.
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.
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||May 6, 2012||Wells Fargo Championship||−14 (66-72-67-69=274)||Playoff||Rory McIlroy, D. A. Points|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||2009||Frys.com Open||Troy Matteson, Jamie Lovemark||Matteson won with birdie on second extra hole|
|2||2012||Wells Fargo Championship||Rory McIlroy, D. A. Points||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||Oct 9, 2011||Kolon Korea Open||−16 (67-70-63-68=268)||6 strokes||Rory McIlroy|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||T14||T5||T31|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
|Accenture Match Play Championship||DNP||R16||R64||R64|
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.
*As of March 25, 2013.
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