10 - 13 April

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler: This will be his second Masters appearance.

Rickie Fowler: This will be his second Masters appearance.

Rickie Fowler is one of the bright young things of American golf.

Fact Box

  • Rickie's middle name is Yutaka, which comes from his maternal Grandfather, who is Japanese.
  • He won seven out of eight matches in the Walker Cup as an amateur and is a dual Sunnehanna Amateur champion.
  • Fowler wears Orange on the final day of tournaments in honour of his University, Oklahoma State.

A Walker Cup star as an amateur, the Florida resident made headlines as one of Corey Pavin's four wildcard selections for the 2010 Ryder Cup and showed flair, skill and amazing tenacity to birdie the last four holes of his singles match against Edoardo Molinari, gaining the half-point that provided a momentary lifeline for Team USA.

Fowler hasn't yet won on the PGA Tour but came close in only his second event as a professional in 2009, eventually losing to Troy Matteson in a three-way play-off that also involved fellow youngster Jamie Lovemark.

He built on that in 2010, finishing second in the Phoenix Open and the Memorial Tournament on his way to the coveted Rookie of the Year award. He also moved well inside the top 50 in the world to book his place at Augusta for the first time.

His boldness off the tee and touch around the greens suggested he might go well on his Masters debut and that proved the case.

Paired with fellow young guns Rory McIlroy and Jason Day he opened 70-69 to sit seventh at halfway and, although he tripped up a little on the weekend and finished tied 38th, there were plenty of signs that he could thrive at Augusta National in future years.

Fowler is famous for wearing an all-Orange outfit on the final day of tournaments but he wouldn't mind one bit if the colour scheme was broken up with a Masters Green Jacket.

Rickie's Vital Stats

  • DOB: 13/12/1988
  • Nationality: United States
  • Height: 5ft 9