Well…So much for that overrated poll. With three worldwide wins in 2015, including THE PLAYERS Championship, Rickie Fowler has vaulted to no. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings. With a win at this week’s season-ending TOUR Championship, Rickie will claim the FedEx Cup title.
It’s no coincidence that Rickie’s rise coincided with his partnership with Quicken Loans. I’m joking, although we wish we could take some of the credit. In reality, it was just a matter of time. The writing was on the wall after a 2014 campaign that saw Rickie finish in the top five in all four majors, becoming only the third player to ever accomplish that feat. Considering only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods had done so before Rickie, big expectations were in store for the 2015 season.
He’s lived up to them, and more.
In May, Sports Illustrated released the results of an anonymous survey of PGA TOUR pros who named Rickie and Ian Poulter as the most overrated players in golf. A few days later, Rickie hushed his critics with a back nine 31 at TPC Sawgrass that helped him claim THE PLAYERS Championship.
Since then, he’s gained momentum with wins at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July and the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month. Throw in a second-place finish at the Quicken Loans National and a fourth-place finish at the BMW Championship last week, and it equals a career season for the 26-year old.
Perhaps the best is yet to come. With a win this week in Atlanta, Rickie would join the ranks of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk (to name a few) as winner of the overall season point standings. He’d also get a $10 million bonus that comes with winning the FedEx Cup. Currently ranked third in the FedEx Cup standings, he could also finish as low as a tie for fourth and still have a mathematical chance of winning.
Not too shabby for an “overrated” player, right?
The field this week consists of the top 30 players in the season-long point standings. Ahead of Rickie is the top-ranked player in the world – Jason Day – and Jordan Spieth, who is ranked third. There’s no doubt Rickie’s got his work cut out for him, but we like his chances.
So far, Rickie has clearly had a great season, while establishing himself as one of the top talents in the game. His ace at the Quicken Loans National helped pay a year’s worth of mortgage payments to one lucky winner as part of the Quicken Loans Hole-In-One Sweepstakes. In case you didn’t know, Rickie has a knack for hitting holes-in-one. If you haven’t entered, you’re running out of time. The sweepstakes ends September 27, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Make sure you enter today for your chance to win a mortgage-free year!
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