TULSA, Okla. — Rickie Fowler is struggling to regain the form that once marked him as one of the game’s promising players and is only in this week’s PGA Championship because he finished eighth last year at Kiawah Island, gaining an exemption.
But the former Oklahoma State star remains a popular figure in the game, usually signing autographs until no one is left, with huge demand from pro-ams and a healthy backing portfolio.
That’s why he would be a great addition to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, which kicks off next month with a tournament outside of London. And Fowler Monday didn’t rule it out.
Asked during a press briefing with reporters from Southern Hills Country Club if he had been approached by LIV Golf Investments, Fowler admitted he had.
“To be honest with you, I haven’t necessarily made a decision one way or the other,” Fowler said. “I’ve mentioned in the past, do I currently think the PGA Tour is the best place to play? I do. Do you think it can be better? Yes.
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“So I think it’s an interesting position. Of course, there is also the LIV and the Premier (Golf League). These tours or leagues, whatever you want to categorize or call them, they wouldn’t really show up if they didn’t see that there were more opportunities there. I’ve always seen competition as a good thing. This is the engine of our game.
“Being with guys at home is how I’ve always grown up, it’s competition. I think competition ultimately makes people better, whether in business or in sports. So it’s interesting, that’s for sure.
Fowler did not say whether he had requested a release from the PGA Tour – which said such requests were denied.
A five-time PGA Tour winner, Fowler, 33, hasn’t won since the 2019 WM Phoenix Open. Ranked in the top five in all four major championships in 2014, Fowler’s most notable victory was the 2015 Players Championship. .
But he has struggled in recent years and has fallen to 146th in the world. In nine tournaments in 2022, Fowler has missed five cups and his best finish is a tie for 21st. Since last year’s PGA, his only top 10 was a tie for third at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas last fall.