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Perhaps the biggest young star in the game, outside of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler has established himself as a top player in the world and a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future.
Many would argue that Rickie is already a big star, but at still only at the ripe old age of 23 and without a major under his belt, I am classifying him as a young gun.
This week, Fowler makes his third trip across the pond for the Open Championship. In his first two Opens, Rickie has shown an innate ability to play and thrive at links-style golf, as he finished T-14 in 2010 and T-5 last year.
Rickie has a chance to contend with the big stars, and possibly win his first major, because his game is naturally suited for links golf. He has a penetrating ball flight that could cut through wind, and he has sneaky power that could shorten slow, soggy courses.
His short game isn’t bad either; he possesses good touch around the greens with his wedges and is serviceable with the putter.
If and when Fowler has his major championship breakthrough, I fully expect it to be at an Open Championship.