Nov
22
2010
What’s Next for Rickie Fowler?
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

After traversing the world and competing in one golf tournament after another, Rickie Fowler is finally getting some time to relax. He wrapped up his global tour last week at the ADT Skills Challenge at The Breakers in Florida. In the past seven-to-eight weeks, the 21-year-old rookie phenom racked up nearly 27,000 frequent flier miles and crossed three continents. While Fowler doesn’t mind the travel, he’s looking forward to relaxing in his new Jupiter home and enjoying the good life in the off-season.

“I can’t wait,” said Fowler at the ADT Skills Challenge. It’s going to be nice to finally take some time off, relax, work out, work on the game a little bit.”

Fowler added that he’s never taken more than five consecutive days away from golf.

“Me taking time off and relaxing is going out and practice, go work out, I like to hop in the cart and go play with friends. I won’t take many days off, maybe two or three days in a row.”

Fowler played in 28 official PGA Tour events, which is on the high side compared to many of the top-ranked pros in the world.  With a year experience under his belt now, there may be adjustments to his schedule for 2011. Of course he’ll play the majors, the WGC events and big Tour events.

“I like to travel and see different parts of the world and see different areas, especially in the biggest events,” he said. “But I won’t play as many tournaments as I did…I’d like to trim down the schedule, play some of the better events and ultimately be able to pick and choose which is the position we’re in, which is awesome.”

It’s tough to beat the fantastic rookie year that Fowler had, where he recorded two-runner-up finishes, seven top-tens, not to mention played in the Ryder Cup, where he was a hero with his sensational come-from-behind run to halve the singles match against Edoardo Molinari. Sometimes it’s hard to believe he’s only 21. The only accolade that slipped Fowler’s grasp has been a win, which no doubt has to be on the top of his goals list for 2011.

“It’s pretty cool to be around guys as successful as they are and be as good as they are,” said Fowler when asked about his close friendship with several veteran players. “It gives me something to shoot for. We’re still working on my first win, but I think we’ll get that and be off and running.”

With the confidence and experience he’s garnered in 2010, that maiden victory can’t be too far away. After all, Fowler has been deigned The Wunderkind That Will Save The PGA Tour. I think everyone is looking forward to the Sunday when he’s decked out his prison-uniform-esque orange Puma get-up and hoisting a trophy.

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)