Will Rickie Fowler Qualify for the 2021 FedEx Cup Playoffs?

Published 04/18/2021, 7:00 PM 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


Rickie Fowler has not been in good form lately. The slump has been extending in unfortunate ways for the five-time PGA Tour champion. Fowler recently failed to qualify for the 2021 Masters and ended his streak of 43 consecutive major appearances spanning from the 2010 U.S. Open. Furthermore, Fowler is currently out of contention to compete in the 2021 FedEx Cup playoffs! 

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The three-tournament schedule of the FedEx Cup playoffs ultimately concludes with the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta. Bryson DeChambeau currently leads the pack in the FedEx Cup standings, and he’s got Justin Thomas behind him, while Stewart Cink is enjoying his late-career-renaissance in the third spot. 

The first stop on the FedEx Cup playoffs is at The Northern Trust, which will take place at the Liberty National Golf Club, New Jersey, from August 16-22. The top 125 players on the FedEx Cup standings qualify for the event, and Rickie Fowler isn’t a part of the lot. 

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Rickie Fowler could miss the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in 11 years

Rickie Fowler has enjoyed several memorable moments in his career and is currently enduring a challenging phase. Fowler recently dropped below the Top 100 of the World Golf Rankings for the first time in 11 years. Now, he’s on the verge of facing yet another setback to his confidence. 

Rickie Fowler is currently 128th on the FedEx Cup standings with 208.603 official points. He definitely needs more to qualify for The Northern Trust which begins in August. Fowler needs to climb three more spots to punch a ticket to the first leg of the 2021 FedEx Cup playoffs to extend his consecutive streak to 12! 

Mar 18, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Rickie Fowler tees off on the 10th hole during the first round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

But it’s easier said than done. Fowler has generally been a serious competitor at the FedEx Cup playoffs, and he finished tied for 49th place at the 2020 Northern Trust. It is crucial that Rickie Fowler finds his form in the upcoming PGA Tour events. 

The 2020-21 PGA Tour schedule is a busy one and Rickie Fowler should aim for consistent top 10 finishes at tournaments. On the contrary, Fowler achieved zero top-ten finishes in the last ten starts. 

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It is just about Fowler building up his confidence and getting his rhythm back. The California native has largely been troubled by various factors, but he continues to fight for the breakthrough victory.

Rickie Fowler needs to get into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings to qualify for the first leg of the playoffs. The requirement is simple: Fowler needs to gain points in the events that stand in between the playoffs, which includes the three remaining majors. 

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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.

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