Thursday 22 February 2018

Ranking key for Fowler

PGA Tour rookie Rickie Fowler will have one eye firmly fixed on world ranking points when he competes in this week's Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas.

A top-five finish would lift the Californian into the world's top 50, thereby earning him automatic exemption for next month's US Open and the British Open in July.

"I knew I was going to have to play well coming into this week to try and get in the top 50 in the world," the 21-year-old Fowler said.

"That would take two qualifiers out of my near future, for the (US) Open and the British Open, so that's the main thing on the agenda: to play well and get that out of the way."

Fowler lies 54th in the world rankings and he decided to skip last week's Texas Open in San Antonio in order to be rested for the Byron Nelson Championship.

None of the world's top 10 will be competing, with American Hunter Mahan (17th) and YE Yang of South Korea (19th) the highest-ranked players set to tee off today. South Africa's Rory Sabbatini is defending champion.

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