Who Rickie Fowler wants to be paired with at 2023 Ryder Cup might surprise you

PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler has had his say on who he wants to be paired with for Team USA at the forthcoming Ryder Cup in Italy. 

Who Rickie Fowler wants to be paired with at 2023 Ryder Cup might surprise you
Who Rickie Fowler wants to be paired with at 2023 Ryder Cup might surprise…

Nobody can accuse Rickie Fowler of not deserving his space in Team USA's Ryder Cup side. 

Fowler has battled back from the golf wilderness to become the World No.26 and returned to the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Just take a look at his stats to see how much he has improved through hard work with Butch Harmon

In the 2021-2022 season Fowler was 114th in strokes gained off the tee, 150th in approach to the green and 161st in putting. 

Fast forward to this season and the American, now 34, was ninth in approaches to the green, 45th in putting and 64th in strokes gained off the tee. 

That, of course, is a snap shot but it speaks volumes of the effort he has put into his game. 

Soon the 34-year-old will play in his first Ryder Cup since 2018. It will be his fifth appearance in the contest. 

Fowler, for all of his talent, has not got a stellar record. 

In fact, would it be unreasonable to even describe it as abysmal? In four Ryder Cup appearances, he has gone for 3-7-5. 

He's hoping that changes when he joins the rest of Team USA at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club later this month. 

One of the questions on everybody's lips is what the pairings are likely to be. GolfMagic has already taken had a crack at this

For Fowler, you could argue he could be paired with either Justin Thomas or Jordan Spieth

But ask him and his choice might surprise you. 

In an interview with Golfweek, Fowler stated that he reckons he would mesh well with 2023 Open winner and rookie Brian Harman

Failing that, he'd like to play alongside Patrick Cantlay but it seems somewhat certain he'll be partnered with Xander Schauffele.

Fowler explained:

"I think I can pair with just about anyone. I play a lot with Patrick Cantlay at home. He and Xander are a token pairing, but maybe if they sit him for a session. I'd love to play with [Brian] Harman. I've always loved his game and respected what he's accomplished. We go back to junior golf. Max [Homa] is someone that is easy to pair with. He just hits it straight and makes putts. But overall, I feel like I can go out and mesh with just about anyone."

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