How Rickie Fowler Has an Outside Chance to Qualify for FedExCup Playoffs at Wyndham Championship

Published 08/11/2021, 4:40 PM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Rickie Fowler hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Memorial Tournament golf tourney. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


Over the years, the Wyndham Championship has solidified its status as the final tournament on the PGA Tour calendar. Every year, a certain set of golfers enter the event in hopes of keeping their PGA Tour dreams alive. This year, we have an interesting lineup at Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina, with some golfers in search of valuable FedExCup points. This includes 32-year-old Rickie Fowler, who might just miss the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time since turning pro.

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Fowler has been going through a setback off late. The California-native missed the U.S. Open and the Masters for the first time since 2010. Furthermore, as the Wyndham Championship is set to begin from August 12, NBC Sports EDGE Betting’s Will Gray posted an informative tweet about how Fowler’s FedExCup chances are hanging in the balance at the moment.

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While players like Scott Piercy and Nate Lashley are currently 126th and 127th, Fowler is ranked 130th. He has missed eight cuts this season and needs to finish 21st or better at the Wyndham Championship for a chance to make the playoffs.

Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 18, 2021 Rickie Fowler of the U.S. in action during the final round REUTERS/Paul Childs

Can Rickie Fowler actually make it to the playoffs this year?

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Without much debate, this season has been the worst in Fowler’s career. He’s recorded only five top 25 finishes, missing eight cuts. Furthermore, the 32-year-old has only made it to the top ten once this season, which came at the PGA Championship. He finished T8, and shot one-under-287 for the tournament. Fowler seems to be struggling with the putter this season. He’s ranked 131st in Strokes Gained: Putting, a dramatic and bewildering fall from his previous No. 13 in 2019.

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Fowler is now ranked 106th on the Official World Golf Ranking, the lowest he has been since his rookie season. As per PGA Tour, Fowler now has 39.1% to make the playoffs cut. However, considering how Fowler’s season has been so far, he needs to play smart to make it to the top 21 at Sedgefield CC. Now, Fowler still has an exemption next year due to his Players Championship victory (2015). However, if he performs in a similar fashion next season, Fowler will end up losing his PGA Tour card.

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