2013 British Open Championship Player Preview: Rickie Fowler

By Tristen Challe

Rickie Fowler has become a fan favorite on the PGA Tour. His off-the-course antics have become widely known, and have shown fans around the world that he is a pro golfer who likes to have fun. Fowler heads into the 2013 British Open with high hopes of success.

He enters the competition ranking 38th in FedEx Cup Points, a scoring average of 70.87 and an official World Golf Ranking of 33rd. The numbers the 24-year-old has posted are backed up by tremendous skills.

In the past two seasons on Tour, Fowler has missed the cut in only five of his events and has nine top-10 finishes and one win. One thing’s for sure — he can compete in any tournament and is a threat to all other golfers.

When he’s not on the golf course, he likes to let loose a little bit. His “Golf Boys” videos went viral, gaining millions of views and raising his popularity. If you haven’t seen them, I suggest you look them up. They feature some of the world’s greatest golfers teaming up for rap videos, incorporating golf terms into the lyrics. The videos gave fans an insight into exactly what type of player Fowler is and the lifestyle he lives by.

Fowler is what you would call an all-around golfer. He has no weaknesses. His driving distance ranks 119th but once he gets to the green, he lets the putter do the work. Fowler’s ability to putt the ball gains him strokes on the course, ranking 32nd in the category. When putting from 5-15 feet, Fowler is money and is the 13th-best at rolling it into the cup at the distance.

While he may not bomb the ball far down the fairway off the tee, Fowler always seems to finish the holes in respectable fashion. If he’s going to have a shot at winning the British Open, it’s going to be due to his putting skills. Fowler may not find himself atop the leaderboard right away, but he surely will be in the hunt throughout the tournament.

Tristen Challe is a Writer for rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle

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