A Critical Week for Rickie Fowler
This week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic marks the final opportunity for players to earn World Ranking points in 2020.
But for one player, this week could have major ramifications – Rickie Fowler.
A poor finish this week by Fowler could result in him dropping out of the top 50 (he is currently 49th) in the world.
In turn, he would be out of the 2021 Masters field.
Obviously, Fowler would still have time to climb back in, but the Masters qualification field narrows after January 1.
Fowler has always qualified for The Masters without a problem, as he has always been inside, well inside, the top 50 in the world.
However, poor performances this season have seen his world ranking plummet.
Fowler’s scoring average this season has been between 71-72.
During the 2020 season, he had two top ten finishes, and six top 25s.
He also missed the cut six times.
So far during the PGA Tour’s 2021 season (every tournament after Tour Championship), he has not finished inside the top 25 in four events.
If Rickie has a bad week this week, he would have to play his way back into the top 50 before April, or win a PGA Tour event before The Masters.
What Fowler Has to Do This Week
According to projections, Fowler needs no worse than a top 20 finish this week, perhaps with some help around him.
A top ten finish would guarantee his standing inside the top 50.