Rickie Fowler loses automatic Ryder Cup spot with Sunday collapse

BY foxsports • August 28, 2016

Rickie Fowler came into the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs focused on securing an automatic qualification for this year's Ryder Cup team, and with nine holes left to play at Bethpage Black, Fowler was in a golden position to not only jump into the top 10 in the Ryder Cup standings, but also win his first tournament of the year. 

Fowler made the turn on Sunday tied with Patrick Reed at 9-under on an incredible 54-hole bogey free stretch, but he left a 7.5-foot putt short at the 11th, and Reed increased his advantage to two strokes with a birdie at the 12th.

A second-place finish would have still been good enough for Fowler, but after he stabilized himself with three consecutive pars, a four-foot par putt lipped out at the 15th hole. At the 16th, Fowler hit his approach shot into a greenside bunker but failed to get out with his third shot and had to chip for par. A two-putt left Fowler with a double-bogey, and opened the door for Zach Johnson to make the Ryder Cup team instead.

Rickie Fowler's scorecard Sunday

Fowler bounced back with a birdie at 17, but gave back a stroke at the 18th to finish in in seventh place, three shots behind Reed.

Fowler is still expected to be one of the four captain's picks for Team USA. Davis Love III will announce three of his picks on September 11th, and the final pick on September 25th.