Rickie Fowler will partner fellow American Jimmy Walker at the World Cup of Golf later this year after replacing Bubba Watson in the two-man team. Fowler said that he was excited to represent the United States again after an “amazing experience” at the Rio Olympics.
The World Cup of Golf is set to play out at the Kingston Heath Golf Club in Australia between 24 and 27 November and will feature a number of nations, including England, Japan, Australia, Spain, Argentina, Ireland and Germany, in a 72-hole, stroke play fourball and foursome format.
Watson had been expected to line up alongside Walker for the US, but he has now been forced to withdraw from the event due to personal issues and scheduling concerns. World number eight Fowler will step in, and he aims to bring a unique blend of youthful enthusiasm and big-game experience to the team event.
“Coming off the amazing experience that I had at the Olympics, it’s great to have the chance to put on the red, white and blue again and play for the United States in the World Cup of Golf,” Fowler said. “Jimmy is not only one of my favourite guys out here on Tour, but he is clearly one of the most talented players on our Tour as well.”
US Masters champion Danny Willett will play alongside Lee Westwood for England in Australia after finishing in a tie for 13th at the last World Cup of Golf event back in 2013. Australian duo Jason Day and Adam Scott won on that occasion and will team up again on home soil to defend their crown.
Some of the other big-name players who will represent their countries at the World Cup of Golf include Vijay Singh (Fiji), Francesco Molinari (Italy), Shane Lowry (Ireland), Russell Knox (Scotland), Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Spain) and Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand).