• Rickie back fit, ready to fire

    Rickie Fowler
    Ready to pounce

    World No 9 Rickie Fowler returns to the FedExCup this week after skipping both of the opening events due to a right oblique muscle injury.

    Now 26th in the standings – just 97 aside of 30th-placed Gary Woodland – he is ready to push on to the finale at East Lake in two weeks.

    ‘It’s one of the reasons I wanted to try and get back early enough to where we can secure a spot for East Lake. We have some work to do this week,’ said Fowler, who has played the Tour Championship in three of the past four seasons.

    Fowler’s injury was made public during the PGA Championship where he booked a top 20 finish despite playing in ‘protection mode’.

    Since Bellerive, the four-time PGA Tour winner has been rehabbing the injury and opted against returning at Dell Technologies – won by fellow Cobra Puma stablemate Bryson DeChambeau – due to lack of sharpness.

    Now, he’s ready for a big week with an eye on a tilt at the full bounty on offer for the season-ending spectacle.

    ‘Ultimately, I’d like to not just get into East Lake but put myself in a good position to have a chance there,’ said Fowler.

    Fowler’s best FedExCup finish remains the fourth place he booked in 2015 – a year that included wins at The Players and the Dell Technologies.

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