LEMONT, Ill. – Rickie Fowler gave himself a shot at making it to the Tour Championship with a clutch putt at the final hole Sunday at the BMW Championship, but he wasn’t going to sit around and worry whether he was going to end up among the top 30 in points and advance to the FedEx Cup Playoffs’ finale.
Fowler holed an 8-foot bogey putt at the final hole. It was clutch because it meant he left the course projected to finish No. 30 in FedEx Cup points, which would be his ticket to the Tour Championship.
Before Sunday’s results were final though, Fowler planned to be on a plane to Stillwater to see his former teammates at Oklahoma State University.
“Maybe I’ll get some match play advice from Peter Uihlein,” Fowler said.
Uihlein, a friend and former teammate to Fowler, won the U.S. Amateur the week before Fowler was named an American Ryder Cup captain’s pick. They were texting congratulations back and forth for a week.
“Stillwater’s a place I like to go,” Fowler said. “I feel like I get some of my best practice at Karsten Creek. I love to golf and fish. It’s a nice, quiet place. I will definitely get the boys out on the golf course.”
Fowler made his finish exciting Sunday at Cog Hill. He wandered into the water aside the 18th fairway to slash an escape shot from the bank of the lake. While he couldn't save par, he felt good holing that last putt.
“I’d love to play in the Tour Championship,” Fowler said. “One of our goals was to make it there, to make it through the FedEx Cup and play well there. But either way, I’m going to be preparing for the Ryder Cup.”