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A L BA N Y, BA H A M A S

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2016

R I C K I E

FOWLER Rickie Fowler, golf’s favorite orange-clad Cowboy, is back on his horse. The flamboyant former Oklahoma State University Cowboys All-American golfer started the 2015-16 season with a strong start, closing with a 8-under 64 last December to finish solo third at last year’s Hero World Challenge. Then, the prodigious Puma-wearing golfer, who turns 28 next week, started the new year with a victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, fending off final-round challenges from Thomas Pieters, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson, marking his second European Tour title. Two weeks later at the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, Fowler was seemingly rolling to another big victory after holding a 54-hole lead. But the game of golf can be cruel and Fowler struggled as he squandered a two-shot lead with two holes to play and faltered in a playoff. Later in the season, Fowler also held a 54-hole lead at the Wells Fargo Championship and The Barclays, but struggled to close, which prevented him from qualifying outright for the Ryder Cup team on points. Nonetheless, the Ryder Cup Task Force member, a group designed to help turn around America’s fortunes in the biennial event, was selected by U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III as one of the team’s three captain’s picks. So, regardless of how you score it, being a member of the U.S. Olympic team and the Ryder Cup team is quite a way to finish any year.

B I R T H P L A C E : M U R R I E TA , C A L I F O R N I A , U S A

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TURNED PRO

2009

TO U R WINS

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HERO WORLD CHALLENGE MAGAZINE

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2016 Hero World Challenge