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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 8 Rickie Fowler


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 8: Rickie Fowler

Born: Dec. 13, 1988, Murrieta, Calif. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 3 (2 on the European Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 3 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $5,773,430 (4th) | World Ranking: 5

Gary Williams' Take: Last season may ultimately prove to be the most important year of Fowler’s career. He had not won on Tour since May 2012, and despite finishing in the top 5 in all four majors in 2014, there were questions about his ability to finish. His 3-3-2-3 finish on the last four holes of the Players Championship will go down as the most ludicrous closing stretch in tournament history for a winner. Add the fact that he birdied 17 twice more in the playoff, and it becomes a dream sequence. Winning the Scottish Open and the Deutsche Bank Championship in addition to the Players made 2015 the breakout year for Rickie. At 27, he is a strong contender for the title of Best Player Never To Win a Major, and in order for the “Big Four” narrative to gain legitimacy, he will have to get one to join McIlroy, Spieth, and Day. Most importantly, he must win more to legitimize his status and also start winning matches in the Ryder Cup. He has been on two teams and has yet to win a match. He’s had plenty of halves and good play, but that’s a troubling stat for someone destined to be on the U.S. side at Hazeltine.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 24
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T12
    U.S. Open – Cut
    British Open – T30
    PGA Championship – T30
Best Career Finishes
    Masters – T5 (2014)
    U.S. Open - T2 (2014)
    British Open – T2 (2014)
    PGA Championship – T3 (2014)
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Top-25 Finishes: 9
Missed Cuts: 5

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