Rickie Fowler wins the Par 3 Contest show

At Augusta, in the United States, the "Par 3 Contest" show, a precursor to the Masters, goes to Rickie Fowler.

by Andrea Gussoni
Rickie Fowler wins the Par 3 Contest show
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At Augusta, in the United States, the "Par 3 Contest" show, a precursor to the Masters, goes to Rickie Fowler.

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With a score of 22 (-5) strokes, the American, in the exhibition that sees the big names of the green alongside their family members, on the 9-hole executive course of Augusta National, surpassed his compatriot James Tyree Poston, Austrian Sepp Straka, and the young Mexican amateur Santiago De La Fuente, all tied for 2nd with "-3".

Crystal jug raised to the sky, smiles alongside his wife and daughter, but Fowler is now called to the toughest challenge, that of overcoming the curse in the 88th edition of the Masters. In the 61 previous editions, the winner of the "Par 3 Contest" has never been able to then wear the "Green Jacket".

Great spectacle at Augusta where there were five "hole in one" shots made, respectively, by Luke List, Gary Woodland, Sepp Straka, Lucas Glover, and Viktor Hovland. The total number of holes in one at the "Par 3 Contest" has now risen to 104.

Among the champions who chose to skip the "Par 3 Contest" this year are Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. And now it's serious. At 13:40 Italian time, the race for the most coveted green jacket on the green will begin. Defending the title will be Spanish player Jon Rahm, ranked 3rd in the world and a star of the Arab Super League.

Rick Yutaka Fowler, born on December 13, 1988, is a prominent American professional golfer renowned for his skill on the PGA Tour. His journey to golfing excellence began early, as he held the prestigious title of the world's number one ranked amateur golfer for an impressive 36 weeks spanning 2007 and 2008.

Fowler's ascent to the upper echelons of professional golf was marked by significant achievements, including a career-high fourth position in the Official World Golf Ranking, a milestone he reached on January 24, 2016, following his triumph in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Among his notable accolades is the distinction of being one of only three golfers to shoot a remarkable 62 in a major championship. This remarkable feat was accomplished at the 2023 U.S. Open, held at the esteemed Los Angeles Country Club.

Fowler's journey in golf began in his hometown of Murrieta, California, where he was born and raised. Despite lacking formal training, he honed his skills diligently, primarily practicing on a driving range and largely teaching himself the intricacies of the game.

During his senior year at Murrieta Valley High School, Fowler's talent shone brightly as he emerged victorious in the SW League Final, boasting an impressive total score of 64-69=133. His stellar performance not only secured individual glory but also propelled his team to the state final in 2007.

Following his high school graduation, Fowler pursued higher education at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. It was here that he continued to showcase his prowess on the golf course, securing his first collegiate victory at the Fighting Illini Invitational hosted by the University of Illinois on October 1, 2007.

With a stellar performance, Fowler clinched the tournament victory by a narrow margin of one stroke, underlining his potential as a rising star in the world of golf. Additionally, Fowler's achievements extend to his success in amateur competitions, with notable victories including the prestigious Western Junior title.

His competitive spirit and dedication were further demonstrated in his participation in the U.S. Amateur, where he faced eventual champion Richie Ramsay in a closely contested match. Rick Yutaka Fowler's journey from self-taught amateur to PGA Tour stalwart serves as a testament to his unwavering determination, exceptional talent, and passion for the game of golf.

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