With rounds of 69-66-67, Rickie Fowler is in third place and two strokes behind Rory McIlroy. This is Fowler’s 20th start in a Major, with a T19 in 2013 the best of his four prior starts at the PGA Championship.
Fowler will be 25 years, 7 months and 28 days old Sunday. By comparison, the youngest PGA Championship winner is Gene Sarazen, winning in 1922 at the age of 20 years, 5 months and 22 days old.
With a T5 at the Masters, a T2 at the U.S. Open and T2 at The Open Championship, Rickie Fowler is the only player to have finished in the top-5 in the season’s first three majors. He is the first to claim top-10 finishes in a season’s first three majors since Robert Karlsson in 2008. The last to post top-10 finishes in all four majors in a season was Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh in 2005, with Woods finishing inside the top 5 in all four of those events.
Most Single Season Top-5 Finishes in the Majors since 1934
2005 Tiger Woods (Won-Masters, 2nd-U.S. Open, Won-Open Championship, T4-PGA Championship)
2000 Tiger Woods (5th-Masters, Won-U.S. Open, Won-Open Championship, Won-PGA Championship)
1973 Jack Nicklaus (T3-Masters, T4-U.S. Open, 4th-Open Championship, Won-PGA Championship)
1971 Jack Nicklaus (T2-Masters, 2nd-U.S. Open, T5-Open Championship, Won-PGA Championship)
Fowler’s last four starts on the PGA TOUR:
T13 – FedEx St. Jude Classic
T2 – U.S. Open
T2 – Open Championship
T8 – World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
Most Under Par in 2014 Major Championships (including 2014 PGA Championship):
29-under – Rickie Fowler
24-under – Rory McIlroy