After a near-record first round of 65, Rickie Fowler set himself up nicely as he was on top of the leaderboard at the U.S. Open with -7. Unfortunately, a golf tournament isn’t one round.
Three straight bogeys on holes 12-14 and only two birdies on the front nine of the second round meant Fowler was still in contention. However, he moved back a stroke and was tied for second behind Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman, who were all at 7-under par.
On moving day, Fowler had a good day as he shot a 4-under 68. He had two bogeys and six birdies on the afternoon and moved into the final day at 10-under, which was three behind the leader (and eventual winner) Koepka.
On the final day, as he unfortunately often does, Fowler didn’t play his best. He shot even par in the final round and ended his U.S. Open tournament where he started on the day at -10. While it is by no means a bad tournament, it is a bit disappointing for another major to come and go to someone else.
Not to fret though. Fowler is still a top-10 player in the world, and another top-5 finish will not change that.
Since Fowler finished in fifth place, he still earns a great paycheck for four days of work. The fifth-place finisher earns nearly $470 thousand, according to golfweek.com. Since there was a three-way tie for fifth place, Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Bill Haas will each collect a paycheck for $156,486.67. Not bad for playing a game.
As Phillip reported a couple weeks ago, there were five other former Cowboys competing this week.
- Jordan Niebrugge finished in a 7-way tie for 35th place at +1 for the tournament, along with the likes of Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer and Webb Simpson - 73 | 72 | 73 | 71
- Kevin Dougherty finished in 64th place at +10 - 71 | 72 | 80 | 75
- Talor Gooch entered the day at +5, but an 8-over final round ended his day at +13 and 66th place - 74 | 71 | 76 | 80
- Peter Uihlein missed the cut of +1 after shooting a two-round score of 146 or two over par. - 74 | 72
- Alex Noren was also cut after shooting +6 in the first two rounds. Noren’s success on the European Tour hasn’t translated thus far to the PGA Tour. - 73 | 77