Rickie Fowler, one of golf’s most recognizable and popular stars, has committed to compete in the 11th edition of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba which is slated for November 9-12, 2017, tournament officials and title sponsor OHL announced. Fowler, 28, is currently ranked 7th in the Official World Golf Ranking. In his young career, he has won four times on the PGA TOUR, twice on the European Tour and once on the OneAsia Tour.
“To be able to announce Rickie Fowler as our first player commitment for 2017 is truly exciting and shows how the OHL Classic continues to grow stronger year after year as one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR and on the Mexican sporting landscape,” Tournament Director Joe Mazzeo said. “This is a great start to our player recruitment and a sign that our field this year will be better than ever. Rickie is of course one of the best players in the game, but even more so, it is his magnetic personality that will bring a special dynamic to this year’s tournament. His popularity with young fans and junior golfers adds to our energy of growing the game of golf through our Golf PARa Todos (Golf FORE Everyone) programs.”
Last year, as the tournament celebrated its 10th anniversary, 32 players competed in the tournament for the first time, a direct result of the passion Mayakoba has displayed in hosting a PGA TOUR event. Fowler’s decision to come to Mayakoba for the first time continues that theme.
Earlier this season, he won the Honda Classic and on the strength of ten top-10 finishes in 20 starts he is currently ranked 6th in the FedExCup standings and competing this week for the fourth time in his career at in the FedExCup Playoff finale in Atlanta. The elite field of only 30 players will be vying for the prestigious season-long FedExCup title. The OHL Classic at Mayakoba forms part of the year-long FedExCup points series that culminates each year at the TOUR Championship.
The California native had a tremendous 2016 season. He won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the European Tour and then represented the United States at the Rio 2016 Olympics where golf returned to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904. He finished tied for 37th. In the fall, after earning his way onto his third Ryder Cup team, he went 2-1 in his three matches and capped off the week with a 1-up singles victory over Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose.
Fowler’s first PGA TOUR career victory was the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship. In 2014, he was the only player to finish among the top five in all four major championships with a T5 at the Masters Tournament, a T2 at the U.S. Open, a T2 at The Open Championship and a T3 at the PGA Championship.
A year later, his star power on the TOUR reached another level when he won the 2015 THE PLAYERS Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship, a FedExCup Playoff event. That same year, he won the Scottish Open on the European Tour.