Rickie Fowler lands Doral spot
With his third-place finish at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Sunday, Rickie Fowler not only walked away with $630,000 but also locked up a place in the next World Golf Championship event in two weeks.
The 25-year-old American will easily crack the top 50 in the official World Golf Rankings to be released Monday. That designation will get him into the field for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.
Players not previously qualified who are in the top 50 in the world rankings, inside the top 10 on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points list or the top 10 on the European Tour's Race To Dubai list as of Feb. 24 will gain entry into the third WGC event of the 2013-14 wraparound season.
On March 3, any players not already exempted into the Doral field who are inside the top 50 in the rankings or the top 10 on the FedEx Cup list will also be able to tee it up at Doral.
Other golfers expected to make the field on Monday include Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore, Louis Oosthuizen, Stephen Gallacher and Harris English. The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that Miguel Angel Jimenez, Patrick Reed, Jonas Blixt, Chris Kirk and Martin Kaymer also got into the field since they were inside the top 50 in the world.
George Coetzee also gained entry into the WGC-Cadillac Championship by virtue of being No. 8 on the European Tour's Race to Dubai list as of Monday.
Coming into the Match Play, Fowler had missed three straight cuts on the PGA Tour with a T-33 at the Humana Challenge being his best finish in 2014. He has also been working the past several months with a new swing coach, Butch Harmon. Fowler's best finish in the WGC-Cadillac Championship was a solo eighth in 2011.
Tiger Woods is the defending champion at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, which will be held at the newly renovated TPC Blue Monster at Doral from March 6-9.
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