Rickie Fowler withdraws from PGA Tour's first playoff event

Rickie Fowler
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Rickie Fowler announced Wednesday that he will be withdrawing from the PGA Tour’s first postseason event.

The news came via Instagram where Fowler addressed an oblique injury he’s been battling for some time.

“News got out last week that I was dealing with an oblique injury the past two tournaments it was confirmed yesterday, via MRI, that I have a partial tear in my right oblique…my team and I feel like it’s best not to play next week in the Northern Trust … I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!”

 

News got out last week that I was dealing with an oblique injury the past two tournaments…it was confirmed yesterday, via MRI, that I have a partial tear in my right oblique…my team and I feel like it’s best not to play next week in the Northern Trust…I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!

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The Northern Trust is the first of four playoff events in the race to the FedEx Cup. Fowler currently sits in 17th place and 1,415 points behind the leader, Dustin Johnson. 

Fowler also secured a spot in the 2018 Ryder Cup, which will be played at Le Golf National in France. It’s slated to begin Sept. 27. 

The four-time PGA Tour winner struggled through the final round of the PGA Championship. He was in contention for his first-ever major championship but carded a 1-over 71 on the last day to drop nine spots and finish in a tie for 12th place. 

This year Fowler had his best finish in a major championship when he claimed second at the Masters.