Rickie Fowler Poised to Join Big Three, Say Top 100 Teachers

September 17, 2015

Before he won the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month, Rickie Fowler said he wants to make the new Big Three the new Big Four, and our Top 100 Teachers think he has a shot.

In our weekly poll, 37 percent of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers said that outside of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, 26-year-old Rickie Fowler is the next best player in the world.

McIlroy, Spieth and Day have combined to win five of the last six majors. Spieth and Day each won four times this season while McIlroy, who missed several tournaments due to an ankle injury, won just twice.

Fowler has yet to claim his first major title, but after notching top-5 finishes in all four major championships in 2014, he won the 2015 Players Championship, Scottish Open and Deutsche Bank Championship.

A bit further down the Official World Golf Ranking sits 45-year-old Phil Mickelson, the newest member of the U.S. Presidents Cup team after Jay Haas used one of his two captain’s picks to add him to the roster. It was a risky pick, considering Mickelson struggled to gain his form in 2015. Who was the biggest snub kept off the team?

While many voters agreed with Haas’ picks, the Top 100 Teachers say J.B. Holmes has the biggest gripe. The 33-year-old veteran notched his fourth Tour victory at the Shell Houston Open this year and narrowly missed another win at the Farmers Insurance Open where he was defeated by Jason Day in a playoff.

The Solheim Cup kicks off this weekend in Germany. Although they have not won the event since 2009, the Top 100 Teachers are optimistic about Team USA’s chances at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club.

It was a tight vote, but 57 percent said that the Americans would return home with a victory.

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