PGA Tour 2012: What to Expect from Rickie Fowler This Year

Daniel ZhuContributor IFebruary 17, 2012

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Rickie Fowler hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on February 16, 2012 in Pacific Palisades, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Rickie Fowler.

So far, the 23-year-old sensation has had a few bumps in the road through the early stages of his 2012 season. He finished tied for 26th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and missed the cut at the AT&T National Pro-Am last week.

Now he's playing in the Northern Trust Open this week and is currently at four over par with a round of 74. Friday is cut day, so if he can't put another solid round together, he may miss his second cut in just four events.

Looking back to his past two seasons, however, Fowler still shows a lot of promise.

Last season he finished in the top 10 of the three World Golf Championships he played in while competing against some of the very best in the game.

That proves that he's a considerable force to be reckoned with among the top golfers in the world.

Fowler also had a great showing at last year's British Open at Royal St. George's with a strong fifth place finish. He battled through the damp and gusty conditions and had a chance to capture his first major championship.

The rookie also proved that he had guts at the 2010 Ryder Cup during the singles session. Going against Edoardo Molinari, Fowler was three down with three holes to play. Fowler birdied the final three holes to halve the match and showed his perseverance.

So now that the golfing world has seen him perform, what do we expect from him?

We simply expect him to win.

With his talent, he should be able to win multiple times on Tour, but so far that hasn't happened throughout his career. 

He did, however, capture his first victory in Korea last year.

What matters, however, is his performance here in the states. He needs to win on the PGA Tour, and according to Fowler, get the "monkey" of his back.

He has the little pieces, and now he needs to put them together and capture his first victory on the PGA Tour.