Pressure to Qualify for Masters Mounts as Fowler Begins 2021 Season

Rickie Fowler is set to make his 2021 debut at this week’s American Express Tournament at PGA West in California and the pressure is already on. 

Rickie Fowler PHOTO: Tour Club Pro/Flickr Commons

Fowler is currently ranked 60th in the world, meaning he would not qualify for The Masters, as only the top 50 players automatically qualify. 

The Northeast Amateur alum dropped one spot this past week and has plummeted seven spots since the clock struck midnight on 2020.

There is still time for Fowler to get back in, but not a ton. 

With 11 tournaments (including this week) left before The Masters, Fowler needs to either get one win, or play well enough to climb back inside the top 50. 

The good news is, at last year’s American Express Tournament, Fowler did snag a top ten finish. 

The bad news is, that was his only top ten finish of the entire season. 

World Ranking Deep Dive 

As mentioned, Fowler is currently ranked 60th in the world, seven points ahead of 61st, but 21 points behind 59th. 

But, those numbers change fast. 

Other than winning, which of course would get him into the Masters automatically, Fowler will need to play well over a period of several weeks to climb back into the top 50. 

Top tens, top 15s and top 20s would all help and a top five would certainly do wonders. 

Of course, Fowler can also get some help from players in between him and the magic number. 

Matt Wallace, Robert MacIntyre, Russell Henley, Carlos Ortiz, Andy Sullivan, Erik van Royal, Lanto Griffin, Kevin Streelman, Corey Connors, and Sebastian Munoz, in that order from 50-50 all are head of Fowler. 

The reality is though, if Fowler doesn’t play well, all the help in the world will not make a difference. 

It will be interesting to see how he looks this week. 

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