Although a few of you will understand this rank, most of you will knee-jerk and start typing in the comments area. But before you start complaining about my ranking him outside the top 10, have a look at his record the past four Opens. (I'll wait.) Now you can see this is actually a very generous spot for the man who won recently in D.C.
"The No. 13 thinks he's lucky," says the voice about the most interesting man in golf, except this time it's not a joke. Currently ranked inside the top 30 in the world, the 50-year-old Spaniard is making a serious push to qualify for the Ryder Cup team, or at the very least to be a captain's pick. Cigars and red wine ... now that's a workout routine I can get into!
Many forget that Fowler finished second at the U.S. Open this year (not his fault with all the Erik Compton love happening). That's two top-5s in majors so far this season. Not bad for a guy who started working with a new swing coach (Butch Harmon) late last year. While Fowler hasn't seriously contended for this major in four tries (including a missed cut last year), I have a feeling that this year he might surprise us.
He's relatively unknown in the States except to those who remember his second-place finish at Doral this year. Those who do know his name remember his win in Abu Dhabi last year against a stellar field. Although he hasn't won since, in his past 20 starts he's missed only two cuts -- and both occurred in the U.S.