RIO DE JANEIRO – Perched just outside the Ryder Cup bubble, Rickie Fowler was asked on Friday following an even-par 71 at the Olympic Golf Course if he planned to play next week’s Wyndham Championship.
After a short pause he fished his cell phone out of his pocket, thumbed a few comments into Twitter, and smiled, “See you guys next week at Wyndham.”
Fowler is currently 12th on the U.S. Ryder Cup team points list and said the decision to play the Greensboro, N.C., stop was based on his desire to earn a spot on Davis Love III’s team, which will be finalized after The Barclays in two weeks making the Wyndham Championship his second-to-last chance to qualify.
“The Ryder Cup and the experiences I've had there, it's the best team event there is in golf. I don't want to be left off that team, so I want to go there and try and get myself some points,” Fowler said.
He said he’d already decided to play next week regardless of what happened in Rio, and even if he doesn’t crack the top 8 automatic qualifiers he hoped to give Love a reason to make him one of his four captain’s picks.
“I would want Davis to pick me because he thinks I deserve a pick,” said Fowler, who was 50th in Rio out of 60 players. “I want to go there and play well and earn some points. I don't want him to think I'm just assuming I'm getting a pick, and I'm not assuming that I'm not getting one, either. I want to go earn my spot.”