Why He's Here:
This probably comes as a shock to many of you wondering how Fowler is here despite being less established than two-time winners like Kim and McIlroy.
Yet, the answer is simple: Fowler has the most potential and promise than any Tour player under 30.
His enthusiasm for the game is ideal for any top caliber player, and (here's the key), he could be golf's best putter other than Woods.
From a statistical standpoint, he's posted four top 10 finishes in 2010, an astronomically high number for someone as young as himself and is doing so by ranking 11th in total driving, which again, emphasizes his amazing consistency.
Why No. 1:
Look, Fowler's swing is pretty unorthodox (he takes it outside and flattens the hell out of it at the top of the backswing), but to look at his swing as a representation of his game would be misleading.
Unlike Rio's swing, which again has its flaws, Fowler makes up for the odd swing positions by superior ball striking and consistency.
Moreover, Rickie's putting gives him leverage over almost anyone on Tour, and his ability to post consistent rounds gives him the nod over the other young stars.
Yet, the best part about Fowler's game, and the reason he's on this list, doesn't deal with his physical ability on the course, but his mental approach to golf.
Apart from maybe McIlroy, Fowler strikes me as the only sure bet out of golf's youngest superstars, and you can bet he'll be in it for the long haul.
A fair estimate for Fowler's tournament success would probably be in the neighborhood of around 20 Tour wins. To reiterate, his mental game could be the best of any player younger than 30, and let's face it, that's more important than anything else (and we have guys like Sergio to prove this right time and time again).
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