By PGATOUR.COM staff
You may remember Rickie Fowler and Jonas Blixt showing up in matching orange gear while playing together in the final round of The Barclays in August. Back then, Blixt borrowed some of Fowler's orange gear.
Well, it appears Fowler and Blixt are at it again, although this time it appears to be unintentional (see Tweet below). Fowler and Blixt appeared in a photo on Twitter wearing a matching Puma white, blue and magenta ensemble just before Saturday's third round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
Rickie Fowler knows better than to look at the calendar. It's
October, after all. Halloween is still a week away, for goodness sakes.
But here he is in Malaysia this week making his first start of the new PGA TOUR season. The CIMB Classic is the third event in the wrap-around 2013-14 schedule -- and the first TOUR event in Asia to offer FedExCup points.
So regardless of where the date falls on the calendar, Fowler's mission is the same.
"I guess the way to look at it is just we're all out here trying to play well whenever we tee it up," Fowler said. "Not really looking at it as the start of the year or anything like that, just over here trying to play some good golf in Asia, on a three-week trip playing here at CIMB, then HSBC and then going down to Australia for the Aussie PGA."
Fowler, who hasn't played since the BMW Championship in September, does have definite goals for the new year, though. He is making his second appearance at the CIMB Classic -- tying for fifth in 2010.
"Always the goal is to make it to the TOUR Championship through the FedExCup Playoffs," he said. "I've only made it once, and I've played well, had one win two years ago now. ... And then Ryder Cup, as well.
"There's a lot of things to set goals on, but I think those are probably two of my primary goals, and I would also like to get my second win out of the way."
Sergio Garcia, who will play with Fowler and India's Gaganjeet Bhullar in the first two rounds at Kuala Lumpur Country Club, also wants to make the Ryder Cup team. But the Spaniard would be playing for Europe, which has won seven of the last nine matches.
"We've had this kind of start at the end of the year on the European Tour before, before we had the Race to Dubai, so we're kind of used to it," Garcia said. "It doesn't really change that much.
"You still have to play, play well like you've done throughout the
year, and I was fortunate enough to get a little bit of a rest coming
into here, coming into this week, so hopefully I'm nice and fresh out
Garcia opted to play in the CIMB Classic rather than the BMW Masters in Shanghai to get a head start on the PGA TOUR season. He'll also play in next week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions which counts on both the PGA TOUR and European Tour.
"They're both good tournaments, but I felt like I could get a couple nice starts to start playing for the PGA TOUR next year," he said.
Each week, PGATOUR.COM's Fantasy Insider Rob Bolton offers his Power Rankings for the weekly TOUR event as well as his Sleeper picks. But what about the players who don't make the Power Rankings but who can't really be considered Sleepers? Bolton will make one "wild card" selection from the large group of players who fall into that middle range but might rise up to claim the title. This week's pick is ...
Rickie Fowler ... Fell short of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the third time in four tries, but submitted another solid season overall with five top 10s and another five top 25s in 22 starts. His strokes gained-putting metric was a career-best 0.420, good for 24th on TOUR. Also ranked 28th in adjusted scoring.
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- A rain-saturated Sunday tested everyone’s patience. Some players were affected more than others.
Consider the plight of Rickie Fowler.
He opened the BMW Championship with a 77, going 6 over in his first four holes. Fowler battled back on Friday and was 7 under for the round before a tough finish that included a triple bogey on the 18th, resulting in a 68. He shot a 68 again on Saturday and was 2 under through four holes in the final round, standing on the fifth tee.
The fifth hole is the toughest driving hole at Conway Farms: A 447-yard par 4 with out of bounds left and a lateral hazard on the right.
The rain pelted Fowler in the face as the wind lashed into him. Surely, play would be halted at any moment but it was Fowler’s turn to play and he swung. The ball took a quick turn to the right and rode a gust of wind into the hazard.
Just as the ball disappeared into the woods, the horn sounded halting play.
Golf was never meant to be fair, but at times the game seems randomly cruel.
Bubble boy: Dustin Johnson will anxiously await scores to be posted. He finished at 9 over and his status for the TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola fluctuates on every shot from others in the field. A bogey from one competitor pushes Johnson into the field of 30, while a birdie moves him outside that magic number. Johnson finished with disappointing flair. He tried to reach the par-5, 18th hole with his second shot from 247 yards, only to splash it into the water and make bogey. Johnson said he was not thinking of the TOUR Championship on the approach, he was only trying to post the best score possible and hit the shot heavy.
Professional: I don’t know if there is a more professional player on the PGA TOUR than Lee Westwood. He dresses, plays and comports himself with the highest of standards. The Englishman played with an injured back and played poorly, finishing 12 shots over par. It would have been so easy to withdraw in the final round -- the wet, cold weather made every swing painful with an already injured back, but Westwood honored his commitment to the tournament and fellow competitors. I admire that.
Wet weather: The ball will be played as it lies for the entire final round. PGA TOUR officials considered preferred lies before the round began but the weather forecast was not as dire as what materialized. Mud balls were all over the course but the “casual water” rule provided relief. Virtually every step a player took produced a puddle of water, so the ball could be lifted, cleaned and dropped.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- The early pace has been set by Phil Mickelson. Now the question is can anyone from the afternoon wave catch him?
Here's a look at who and what to keep an eye on this afternoon from TPC Boston (all times ET):
Luke Donald, 12:22 p.m.: The once No. 1 player in the world and top-10 machine has just four top 10s this year, but he has had success here, finishing second in 2010 and third in 2011.
Sergio Garcia, 12:22 p.m.: Five years ago, Garcia finished fifth at TPC Boston. This year, he comes in looking for his first top 10 since THE PLAYERS Championship. At 59th in the FedExCup standings, however, he is safe for getting into the BMW Championship.
Rory McIlroy, 12:46 p.m.: What a difference a year makes. Last season, McIlroy was on top of the world and would win here and at the BMW Championship. This time he's just hoping to salvage what has been a mostly lost season. TPC Boston suits him well and this week could be telling.
Jason Day, Webb Simpson, 12:46p.m.: Day is playing with a sore wrist, but he has a good history here with a runner-up in 2010 and a third-place finish the following year. Likewise with Simpson, who won here in 2011.
Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel, 12:58 p.m.: This week marks Stricker's first Playoffs event of the year, while Schwartzel is making just his third appearance at TPC Boston (he's never finished in the top 20).
Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, 1:10 p.m.: Rose nearly forced a playoff last week before finishing one back of winner Adam Scott. Snedeker, meanwhile, is trying to regain his early-season form as he tries to become the first player to win back-to-back FedExCups.
Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, 1:10 p.m.: Given Johnson's length, TPC Boston sets up well for him. Twice he has finished in the top 5 here. Fowler, meanwhile, is coming off a top 10 last week.
Ernie Els, 1:34 p.m.: The Big Easy is on the outside looking in at 91st in the FedExCup standings. In the FedExCup era, Els has never not made it to at least the BMW Championship.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Rickie Fowler is wearing his traditional head-to-toe orange for the final round of The Barclays. He's not the only one.
Jonas Blixt, who is also sponsored by Puma and is paired with Fowler, showed up at Liberty National in the same outfit -- one he actually borrowed from Fowler.
The two had been talking about going all-orange if they ever played together on a Sunday. When Blixt found out they would be, he tried to get Puma to ship him the same outfit, only it wouldn't arrive by their 1 p.m. ET tee time.
"You can't plan for being paired in the final round," said Fowler, who had an extra pair of orange pants and an orange shirt that he left in Blixt's locker.
"It's a little tight," added Blixt, who is carrying an extra pair of pants in his golf bag just in case there should be a wardrobe malfunction.
Both are 7 under and five strokes off the lead.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Rickie Fowler hasn't exactly got this FedExCup Playoffs thing down yet.
Each of the first three years he was eligible to play for the $10 million bonus, Fowler found himself going backwards -- starting 19th in 2010 and finishing 32nd, opening the Playoffs ranked 28th in 2011 and falling to 43rd and starting 18th a year ago and finishing 28th.
He's determined to buck that trend this season, though, and Fowler made a statement on Friday, firing a 64 that briefly tied the Liberty National course record and moved him within two strokes of Webb Simpson's lead at the midway point of the second round.
Fowler, who stands 7 under for 36 holes, came to The Barclays ranked 42nd in the FedExCup but says he feels like he is playing better than he was at this juncture in any of the last three years. The turning point came when he missed the cut at The Open Championship and Fowler went back to fundamentals.
"It's all pretty simple," Fowler said. "But making it a little more repeatable for myself. Been swinging really well. Hitting a lot of golf shots, and it's kind of nice to see everything working properly."
Consequently, Fowler feels like he's ready to move forward in the Playoffs instead of retreating.
"Every year I feel like I've been just kind of trying to hold on and finish off the year," Fowler said. "This year, after missing the cut at The Open Championship, I kind of turned a corner, swinging really well. Just waiting for kind of getting some putts to drop and I was able to do that today which was nice.
"Probably the most confident and most kind of on upward climb versus a downhill spiral versus the last few years, so I'm excited about the Playoffs. The furthest back I've been coming in, but I feel like I have a good chance of playing well, and a good weekend here would go a long ways and keep me going.'
Fowler's goal is to make the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the second straight year. Not to mention, "there's Presidents Cup in the back of my mind," said Fowler, who ranks 17th in the U.S. standings with a week and a half before the 10 automatic qualifiers are selected.
"I just want to play well right now," Fowler said firmly. He certainly did that on Friday, too.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Rickie Fowler shot a 7-under 64 in Friday's second round at The Barclays, tying a course record at Liberty National.
It didn't last very long.
Playing two groups behind Fowler, Keegan Bradley carded a 63.
Both are 7 under entering the weekend at the first FedExCup Playoffs event and within a stroke of the current lead of Webb Simpson, who shot 66.
Adam Scott is also tied for second after a 66. Kevin Stadler, who's at 7 under after finishing off a 64 earlier in the day, will tee off for his second round at 4:17 p.m. ET.
Others already finished with Round 2 include Sergio Garcia, who shot 66 to get to 6 under along with Freddie Jacobson (68) and David Lynn (65).
Fowler went out fast on Friday, making the turn in 30 after four birdies, an eagle and one bogey over Liberty National's back nine.
Bradley nearly did the same, making the turn in 31 before adding four more birdies over his final nine holes.