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Rickie Fowler’s season is over.

The five-time PGA Tour winner’s missed cut at the Wyndham Championship means that he can’t qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Instead, for the first time in his career, the 32-year-old will be on the outside looking in as the money-spinning trio of events get underway next week.

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Entering the Wyndham ranked 130th on the FedEx Cup standings, Fowler needed a strong result to force his way into the top-125 and advance to the first of the tournaments, The Northern Trust. However, rounds of 71 and 72 condemned him to a missed cut and ended his season prematurely.

In 24 starts, Fowler managed only one top-10 – a tie for eighth at the US PGA in May – and missed the cut nine times. Speaking to reporters at Sedgefield, he offered a frank appraisal of his 2020/21 campaign.

“It sucks,” he said. “I know what I’m capable of. I’ve been up there and played against the best in the world and been a top-5, top-10 player in the world for a number of years in my career. I’m not in a position where I’m comfortable or where I want to be.

“With the season ending now for me, it’s just added motivation: Hey, let’s figure out what we need to go do and let’s go do it.”

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He added: “I’m motivated to go do some good work in the next few weeks. It’s a bummer, and I don’t want to be in this position. Never been here. I’m used to being in contention, ready to go to East Lake and go have some fun through the playoffs.

“That’s not the case this year. A little kick in the butt. Go home and get ready to go. Put the work in and get after it.”

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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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