NORTON, Mass. – Don’t forget Rickie Fowler.
With another 4-under-par 67 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Fowler moved up the leaderboard into contention Saturday in the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Fowler’s tied for third, just four shots off the lead in a bid to win his third worldwide title this year.
With all the buzz here over world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, No. 2 Jordan Spieth and No. 3 Jason Day, Fowler is not so quietly moving into position to steal the show. While he has been overshadowed by that terrific trio this summer, Fowler might not be done making his own statement this season.
The FedEx Cup doesn’t rank with winning a major championship, but it’s a coveted trophy the game’s best players are battling to win. If Fowler can add a brilliant playoff run to his Players Championship and Scottish Open titles earlier this season, he strengthens the grip this youthful new era is wrapping around golf’s biggest prizes.
McIlroy, Spieth and Day have combined to win five of the last six majors.
While they aren’t majors, The Players Championship and FedEx Cup would be more than consolation prizes for Fowler.
“Definitely happy,” Fowler said of his season thus far. “The goal coming in was to win and win multiple times. We've done that. Obviously, another goal was to win a major, but that is something I have to go back and get ready for next year, get ready to get after the majors. All in all it's been a nice year.”
And it could get even better in a hurry.