May 12th, 2016
Rickie looking for back to back wins at The Players
And why we think he is up for it
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Rickie Fowler will attempt to achieve a feat that proved beyond the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman and even Jack Nicklaus when he sets out to defend his title tomorrow at The Players Championship.
No player has successfully defended the title since its inception in 1974, and only six players have won it more than once, so it’s a big ask.
"It's one of the toughest courses we play all year, probably the toughest field that we play all year," he said. "Whoever is winning is taking care of business, beating the best players at the time and conquering one of the toughest courses that we play.
"You have to be pretty spot on. It's a very fine line at this golf course. The targets and the driving areas are very small and you don't have much room around the greens.
"You're playing against the best players in the world, but someone has to break it [the streak of no back-to-back winners] at some point though, so we'll see what we can do."
We’ll be cheering him on that’s for sure, and Golf Spiv fancies him at 20/1. Winless this year he may be, but seven top tens makes him a serious contender to repeat last year's success.
Here’s the video of how he won it last year on the 17th.
What's in Rickie Fowler's bag at the Players Championship?
Driver: Cobra King LTD (9 degrees, Matrix Speed Rulz Type C 70X shaft)
3-Wood: Cobra Fly-Z+ (13 degrees, Aldila Tour Blue 73X shaft)
2-Iron: Cobra King Driving Iron (19 degrees, Matrix Ozik hm2 X shaft)
4-9 Irons: Cobra King Pro MB (KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+ shafts)
48-Degree Wedge: Cobra King Forged MB (KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+ shafts)
52-Degree Wedge: Cobra Tour Trusty Rusty (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
57-Degree Wedge: Cobra Tour Trusty Rusty (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
62-Degree Wedge: Cobra Tour Trusty Rusty (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
And here’s what he'll be wearing this week. You can win a pair of his Tricks Ignite Shoes here...