Rickie Fowler said he was playing hurt during last week’s PGA Championship, and it’s serious enough to keep him out of the first FedEx Cup playoff event of the season.
Fowler, who finished T-12 at the PGA Championship after a disappointing 1-over 71 in the final round, suffered an oblique injury during the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone and played through it at Bellerive.
After some testing, Fowler announced Wednesday that he’ll sit out of next week’s Northern Trust at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.
“News got out last week that I was dealing with an oblique injury the past two tournaments,” Fowler said in an Instagram post. “It was confirmed yesterday, via MRI, that I have a partial tear in my right oblique. My team and I feel like it’s best not to play next week in the Northern Trust. I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!”
Fowler was one of eight automatic qualifiers for next month’s Ryder Cup in Paris and is currently No. 17 in the FedEx Cup standings. He finished inside the top 30 in all four majors, including a solo second at the Masters, and won the Hero World Challenge last December. His last PGA Tour win came in February of 2017 at the Honda Classic.