With a win today, Rickie would take over the number four spot in the world golf rankings. That, one would think, would pretty much do it. And, high tops and sweats aside, Fowler just belongs with this elite group of young stars. With three impressive wins last year, including that incredible win at the Players, Rickie has proven, at least as far as I'm concerned, that he is the genuine article. Not only does he belong in that group which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy; so far this week, he's the best of the bunch.
As always, I loved watching him finish off that terrific third round at Abu Dhabi, chatting away with Thomas Bjorn, obviously comfortable with what he was doing, as though it was just a friendly Saturday round. He's not intimidated by anybody. Whether he wins a Major this year or not, this kid just looks like he belongs in that elite group. He just belongs--even if he dresses funny.
As for whether he can win today; there's still a lot of golf to be played. But I wouldn't be betting against him. He's shown how tough he can be down the stretch. And, win or not, Rickie Fowler is one of the reasons why golf is in such a great place.