With His American Dream in Jeopardy, Rickie Fowler Faces a Formidable Challenge From 6x PGA Tour Champion: ‘Just as Bad’

Published 08/25/2023, 6:07 AM EDT

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Every golfer strives to do their best to make it to the Ryder Cup team. There are two means by which a golfer can qualify. Be among the top 6 in the Ryder Cup standings after the final qualifying event, or rely on the team’s captain to get handpicked.

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You might just get lucky and the captain may pick you, but sometimes, things may turn out differently than expected. After all, the team’s skipper also has a tough choice to make. There are many golfers whose Ryder Cup is hanging in Zach Johnson’s hand, and one of those is Rickie Fowler. But now, Fowler is facing a face-off against the PGAT pro, who equally wants to be on the US team! 

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Before the golfers moved on to East Lake Golf Club for the Tour Championship, they played hard to prove their form, to up their chance in the Ryder Cup team. Now, that the top 6 automatic qualifying spots are filled, the players are trying to impress Johnson at the $75 million race. One such pro in the mix is Keegan Bradley.

The pro sat with the media after his first round and said he tries his “hardest” to not think about the Ryder Cup but everyone keeps asking him about it. The 37-year-old then dwelled on the thought of the two-year process of becoming part of the Ryder Cup team.

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Talking about things riding on the Tour Championship, he said, “I don’t think everything is based on this tournament. But it might be.” The golfer then said that he badly wants to be on the team, but he knows his fellow golfer, Fowler, also desires the same thing.

I mean, they know how much I want to be on the team. But I know Rickie wants to be on the team just as bad as I do. Whoever is looking to get picked,” he said.

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What are the chances that they will make it to the team, and what would they have to do at East Lake to impress Zach Johnson?

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In his interview, Bradley said that in order to make it to the team, he has to play the best golf of his life and play well at the Tour Championship. The chances of him and Fowler making the team are existent given their past performances throughout the year. Fowler had won Rocket Mortgage and expressed his wish to play in red and golden stripes

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Bradley also won the Travellers Championship by playing exceptionally well and shocked everyone with his game. There are a few other names afloat as well such as Brooks Koepka, who has a chance of making it to the team after the captain’s choice. 

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Keegan Bradley and Rickie Fowler have to put on the best show for Zach Johnson in order to seal their spots in the remaining six. Tune in to find out who makes way to the team, and who wins the 2023 FedEx Cup!

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