Rickie Fowler – Photo from Twitter
Published July 20, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS — The U.S. Olympic Committee announced on Monday, July 18, 2916, Rickie Fowler (Navajo) has been named to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Golf Team for the 2016 Rio Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is part of a four-man tema that also includes Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar.
Fowler, who was born and raised in Murrietta, California, ranks No. 7 in the world and No. 3 in the Olympic category.
Fowler, 27, was ranked the world’s No. 1-ranked amateur golfer for 37 weeks during a span from 2007 to 2008. He has three PGA Tour wins to his credit and was named the 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. He became the youngest U.S. Ryder Cup player in 2010 (20 years, 9 months). His first PGA Tour victory came at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship, when he defeated Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
His career-best finishes in the major championships all came in 2014: tied for fifth at the Masters, tied for second at the U.S. Open and The Open Championship and tied for third at the PGA Championship.
The United States won the first Olympic gold medal in men’s golf, presented to Charles Sands at the Paris 1900 Olympic Games. Three other Americans won medals on the links, all at the St. Louis 1904 Olympic Games: Chandler Egan claimed the silver medal and Burt McKinnie and Francis Newton shared bronze. The U.S. also swept all three medals in the team competition in St. Louis, which was comprised of teams of 10 players each.
The men’s Olympic golf tournament runs from August 11-14, 2016.