Rickie Fowler U.S. Open Qualifying: Where Is He Playing and How Can He Qualify?

Published 06/07/2021, 9:36 AM EDT
Mar 18, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Rickie Fowler stands on the green of the 8th hole during the first round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The U.S. Open 2021 is right around the corner, and the tournament has triggered a special event in golf. Deemed “golf’s longest day,” there are nine final qualifiers taking place simultaneously across the nation, and Rickie Fowler is participating in one of them. Scroll down to gather more details about where Fowler is playing, who he’s playing with, and what he needs to do to qualify. 


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It’s been a while since Rickie Fowler had to go through qualifying to play at the U.S. Open. But due to an unfortunate turn of events, the 32-year-old has to get past a 36-hole final qualifying to book a spot at the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

Where is Rickie Fowler playing his U.S. Open qualifying? 


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Rickie Folwer just competed at the 2021 Memorial Tournament in Muirfield Village Golf Club. Fortunately, Fowler’s qualifying venue is nearby Muirfield Village. He is competing from Columbus, Ohio. 

Rickie Fowler is currently a part of the Columbus qualifier which is being played at the Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes Golf & Country Club. 

May 17, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Rickie Fowler pitches onto the second green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Who are Fowler’s playing partners at the Columbus qualifier?

Since the Columbus qualifier is happening at two different venues simultaneously, the field is spread out evenly among the two golf courses. Rickie Fowler will be playing his 36-hole qualifier at the Brookside Golf & Country Club. 

Fowler is given an 8:20 AM tee-time for the first round, and his playing partners will be Cade Breitenstine & Pierceson Coody. The trio will begin from the back nine in their first round, starting from the 10th tee. 


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What does Fowler have to do to qualify for U.S. Open 2021?

The final qualifiers for U.S. Open 2021 are rightly deemed as golf’s longest day. There are nine different 36-hole qualifiers taking place across the nation, and two of them are in Ohio (Springfield and Columbus). Different qualifiers consist of varied players and offer spots accordingly. 

For example, the Florida qualifier at The Bear’s Club has 78 players competing for just six spots. Likewise, the Columbus qualifier has 120 players competing for 16 spots. 

So the objective is simple: Rickie Fowler should finish in the Top 16 to gain entry into the U.S. Open 2021. 


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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

But it won’t just be a walk in the park for Rickie Fowler. Former major winners Charl Schwartzel, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, and Padraig Harrington are also a part of the Columbus qualifier, trying to gain a spot in the U.S. Open. 

Do you think Rickie Fowler will come out with his best game at the Brookside Golf & Country Club and deliver what it takes to earn a spot at the 121st U.S. Open? Let us know in the comments section below!


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One can also gain more information about U.S. Open final qualifying here.



Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.