Former OSU star has probably heard it on the tee box before. “You’re the man!” has kind of gone out of style with galleries the last few years, but it definitely applies to Fowler now. He’s “the man” without a major.
Rickie was in contention for one over the weekend at the Masters, but faded on Sunday with a final round 76.
So when long suffering Sergio Garcia finally got his
first major last Sunday by winning the green jacket at Augusta, Fowler moved to the top of the “best player that hasn’t won a major” list.
There are other contenders out there. Here are a few I considered:
If you go by veterans who’ve been out there forever, Westwood, Donald and Kuchar trump Fowler in that department.
Thomas, Reed and Matsuyama are too early in their careers to have that distinction now.
Snedeker and Casey have time, but they’re not as highly ranked as Rickie.
Like Snedeker, Bill Haas has also won the FedEx Cup. I suppose you could put him on the list too.
However, Fowler meets my criteria. He’s had a Top 5 showing in all of the majors. He’s still young at 28 years old. He’s won the Tour’s “fifth major,” the Players Championship. And only Matsuyama sits ahead of him in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Fowler has won four PGA Tour events. He’s also won on tough courses like Quail Hollow (site of this year’s PGA Championship) and TPC Sawgrass.
Plus, Rickie has three wins on the European Tour. And he’s won team events like the Walker Cup as an amateur and the Ryder Cup and President’s Cup as a pro.
Fowler’s resume is strong. It’s now just missing that major.
Rickie has always been a popular player. The aggressive kid with the flashy Puma clothes is emulated by the kids and loved by the ladies. Fowler is always accessible and is a favorite with the media as well.
Rickie should win a lot more golf tournament’s and keep cashing big pay checks.
However, his career needs that final validation.
Mr. Fowler, it’s time for you to meet your major.