PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - Rickie Fowler, who has surged from No. 12 to No. 4 in the world since his appearance at The Honda Classic in 2015, has committed to play in the 2016 edition of the PGA TOUR event which will be held February 22-February 28 at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Fowler joins a field that includes world No. 2 Rory McIlroy (2012 Honda Champion), No. 9 Patrick Reed, No. 11 Branden Grace, No. 12 Hideki Matsuyama, No. 16 Sergio Garcia, No. 17 Kevin Kisner, No. 18 Adam Scott, and No. 19 Brooks Koepka.
Phil Mickelson, ranked 29th, has also committed to the first full-field event of the Florida swing along with defending champion Padraig Harrington, 2015 runner-up Daniel Berger and TOUR mainstays such as Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby (1997 Honda Champion), Keegan Bradley, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink, Luke Donald (2006 Honda Champion), Jason Dufner, Retief Goosen, Davis Love III, Rory Sabbatini (2011 Honda Champion), Vijay Singh (1999 Honda Champion), Michael Thompson (2013 Honda Champion), Boo Weekley, Mike Weir and Mark Wilson (2007 Honda Champion).
Fowler won at Abu Dhabi on the European Tour in late January, then lost in a playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on February 7. He also finished fifth at the Tournament of Champions and third at the Hero World Challenge in the early stages of the new TOUR season, familiar spots after placing in the top 10 in 11 of 21 starts in 2015. He won the Deutsche Bank Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship last year after posting top-five finishes in all four Major Championships of 2014.
Needless to say, Fowler has been on quite a two-year run and now he is converting contention into winning.
He has been a fan favorite since his Rookie of the Year season in 2010 and 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 Golf 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 gear.
"It's really cool," he said of his lofty status with the fans, particularly the younger generation. "It's an honor to be in my position, and it puts things into perspective out there. Even when I'm having a rough day, it kind of calms me down a bit and lets me know that I'm, you know, still out there and actually a role model to young kids. So it's really cool and fun at the same time. I know I can't go out and have a perfect year by any means or a great week every week. But the main focus whenever I'm playing is showing up and making sure I have the best time that I can have that week and getting the most out of it."
Fowler said his rise in the Official World Golf Ranking has had a residual effect because it allows him to play more aggressively. Winning has also brought a confidence to his game that he didn't have to the same extent in the past.
"I wouldn't say expecting, but it's having that belief and that confidence that knowing that I can go out and get the job done," Fowler said. "And winning four times in the last nine months or so, the confidence and that belief has only continued to grow. It's a fun time for me. It's a great time for golf. There's a lot of guys playing well and I'm just proud to be a part of the mix of those top guys right now and want to continue to do that."
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