Though Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy would take what they’ve done in the major championships thus far in 2014 – after all, winning is the goal, isn’t it? – Rickie Fowler has played consistently best. At least according to his scores, because he’s 18 under for his 12 rounds in the 2014 majors.
Of the 19 who have made the cut in all three majors, Fowler is the only one with three top 10s (T-5 in the Masters, T-2 in the U.S. Open and Open Championship).
Next best overall score is McIlroy’s, at 11 under, while Jim Furyk and Adam Scott are 9 under. The three others to be under par in their 12 major rounds: Jordan Spieth at 3 under, with Jimmy Walker and Justin Rose at 2 under.
The other cumulative scores: Henrik Stenson, 1 over; Chris Kirk and Matt Kuchar, 3 over; Martin Kaymer, 4 over; Jason Day, 6 over; Francesco Molinari, 9 over; Louis Oosthuizen, 10 over; Bill Haas, 11 over; Brandt Snedeker, 12 over; Stewart Cink, 14 over; Gary Woodland, 15 over; Kevin Stadler, 17 over.
Of those on this list, only Woodland and Stadler have failed to finish inside the top 20 at a major this year.
Certainly, the steadiness in the majors is welcome news for Fowler and his legion of loyalists. But next up will be the WGCs, where his success has been inconsistent. He had a nice Accenture Match Play Championship earlier this year (third), but he has finished outside the top 30 seven times in 12 WGC starts.
While Fowler has piled up a healthy $13,588,230 to rank 103rd on the career money list, he has a way to go to catch Bo Van Pelt, whose $19,560,535 is the most of those who have won just once. Van Pelt ranks 46th and takes over that distinction now that Tim Clark (No. 32, at $22,674,255) has won for a second time.