PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – The deepest full-field event of the 2015 PGA TOUR season got deeper today.
Rickie Fowler, the 12th-ranked player in the world, joined the field for The Honda Classic, a PGA TOUR event which will be held February 23-March 1 at PGA National Resort & Spa. Players have until Friday February 20th at approximately 5 p.m. to commit to play in The Honda.
Fowler joins a committed group that also includes 16 of the top 25 players in the World led by No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia (7), Justin Rose (8), U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer (11), Hideki Matsuyama (14), Patrick Reed (15), Victor Dubuisson (16), Billy Horschel (17), Phil Mickelson (18), Brooks Koepka (19), Graeme McDowell (20), Dustin Johnson (21), Zach Johnson (22), Chris Kirk (23), and Jamie Donaldson (25).
Other top 50 players in the field are Lee Westwood (27), Ryan Palmer (29), Charl Schwartzel (30), Stephen Gallacher (32), Joost Luiten (34), Ian Poulter (35), Keegan Bradley (37), J.B. Holmes (41), Thomas Bjorn (44), Luke Donald (46), Louis Oosthuizen (47) and Jason Dufner (49).
Several former Honda Champions will also play including defending champion Russell Henley, Stuart Appleby (1997), Luke Donald (2006), Ernie Els (2008), Padraig Harrington (2005), Dudley Hart (2000), Rory Sabbatini (2011), Vijay Singh (1999), Michael Thompson (2013), Camilo Villegas (2010), Mark Wilson (2207) and Y.E. Yang (2009).
Fowler has been a fan favorite since his Rookie of the Year season in 2010, but he surged in popularity last year because of his amazing play in the four Majors. Fowler had top-five finishes in all four majors joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only tour players to do that in a single year.
He also has become the most highly-visible endorsee of Cobra Puma Golf, which will have a massive presence at The Honda Classic with the Cobra Puma Village at the signature 17th hole. You can't miss Fowler on the course decked out head to toe in all of that colorful Cobra Puma attire that now promises to be a leading merchandise seller at The Honda.
"He moves the needle," says Bob Philion, the President of Cobra Puma Golf. "You see the crowds that follow him. We have done well over a million units on just the hat."
Fowler's game certainly now matches his attire on the flashiness meter.
He has fine-tuned his swing under the guidance of legendary guru Butch Harmon. But there is nothing like the kind of confidence boost Fowler also received by being so competitive in the four biggest tournaments of the year, something he now hopes will lead to more victories on the PGA TOUR and around the world.
"Definitely I'm confident in my game and last year had a big impact on moving forward and putting myself in contention and really feeling like I belong in those situations," Fowler said. "So, going into this year, I want to play a little bit more on a consistent basis when I show up to tournaments.
"I really wanted to win (last year). The goals going into the year, I took care of everything except for getting the win. I think some of the big ones were obviously making The Ryder Cup Team, playing through the FedEx Cup playoffs and being in contention in all four majors. To do that, it may be the only time in my career I'm ever able to do that. There's only been three guys to do so. So looking back, yeah, it does hurt that I didn't get the win, but looking back at the year, it was historic in a way. If I would have won, it would have been almost too perfect knocking off all my goals. So it gives me something to build on and hopefully I can have a season in the near future where I check off all the boxes. A win is definitely in order."
The 2015 Honda Classic will be played February 23-March 1, 2015 with Russell Henley defending his title against a world class field. The Honda awarded a record $2.55 million in charitable contributions in 2014, the eighth straight year the event has increased its charitable distribution to South Florida Children's Charities. The tournament also attracted 193,052 confirmed spectators between Tuesday’s practice round and Sunday’s dramatic finish that saw Henley prevail in a four-man playoff over Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer and Russell Knox.
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