When it comes to the PGA Tour, there are names that have been synonymous being the best. The past bests have been names like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods… the list can go on and on depending on the time period.

In our current time the top players are usually Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, or Dustin Johnson. These are all good choices as they are all ranked in the top-10 in the World Golf Rankings (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 8th respectively).

There is one name that is seemingly left out of the conversation despite being in contention quite often. That name as you may have guessed is Rickie Fowler.

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Fowler, seems to be known more for his fashion sense and style, rather than his contribution to the actual game of golf.

Fowler is currently ranked 4th in the WGR. This past weekend he wrapped up his 149th PGA event as a professional.

Since the golf tournament fell to the wayside this weekend with the Super Bowl, here is a recap of it: Fowler spent the entire tournament at or near the top of the leaderboard along with Hideki Matsuyama. They finished the final round tied at -14. This led to a playoff that took four holes before Matsuyama bested Fowler.

This runner-up finish by Fowler has been what has plagued him from breaking into the talk for one of the best.

In 149 career events, Fowler has won three of those.

To put that in perspective, McIlroy has 11 wins in 100 events. Spieth has seven wins in 77 events.

However, Fowler has finished in the 2nd spot nine times in his career. He also has another five 3rd place finishes. McIlroy has finished 2nd five times and 3rd four times. Spieth also has nine 2nd place finishes and one 3rd.

Then you look at Fowler’s top ten finishes and he has 42 of them. This means that you can figure that out of every three events, Fowler will be a top ten player in one of them.

In 2014, Fowler had one of the most successful cycle in the four Major events of anyone as he finished 5th, 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd. These performances vaulted him up to the level of contender and gained the attention of a lot of golfers and fans.

2015 saw Fowler have a decline in top ten finishes. He did manage to claim two victories however. This saw his ranking in the WGR go up to 4th, which is also where he finished in the FedEx Cup standings.

This is the year that could give Fowler the key victories to silence the critics of his game and put him into the talk as one of the best. Especially if he can capture a victory at one of the Majors that have eluded him.

 

 

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