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If Rickie Fowler is looking for the silver lining to the massive cloud that has been hanging over his game of late, he might just have found it.

Or rather, been given it.

The 32-year-old American – now 111th on the Official World Golf Ranking – has been handed an invite to play in next month’s second men’s major of the season, the US PGA Championship.

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Fowler, who sat out The Masters earlier this month, ending a streak of 41 consecutive majors, will be pegging it up at Kiawah Island after receiving special dispensation to play by the PGA of America.

He is one of two players to have been extended an invitation, the other being three-time European Tour winner John Catlin.

According to NBC Sports’ Will Gray, a PGA official confirmed the news earlier today, saying that the pair have been invited to do battle for the Wanamaker Trophy “based on their performances, playing records and OWGR position”.

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The news is a welcome boost to Fowler who has been struggling for form for some time. Once ranked as high as fourth, he ended 2020 in 53rd place but has tumbled to 111th as of this week. 

His best result in 15 PGA Tour starts this year is a tie for 17th at the Valero Texas Open – one of only three top-25 finishes he has posted in 2020/21.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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