After the separation with his younger brother, Rickie Fowler also decided to break up with his trainer John Tillery. Back to square one for the little Californian since he will once again be coached by Butch Harmon.
The last three years of Rickie Fowler’s career have not been easy, and after changing caddy ahead of the first FedEx Playoffs tournament in Memphis last month, the 33-year-old also estranged from his longtime swing coach.
John Tillery has confirmed to ESPN that he will no longer be working with Fowler, who is currently No. 178 in the world after peaking at No. 4.
“This work takes you to the guts. As a coach, there’s nothing better than seeing your guys succeed, and nothing worse than seeing them struggle.” Tillery said.
Fowler had five PGA Tour victories between 2012 and 2019, but in recent years he hasn’t been able to stem his decline in the standings. In 2021 he missed the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the first time and this year finished last qualified at the end of the regular season. He only owes his participation to the removal of the LIV players’ ranking.
Absent from adults
At the start of the season and for the first time in his career, he did not qualify for The Players. This year for lack of results he had also missed for the second consecutive year the Masters and the US Open.
After parting ways with caddy Joe Skovron, who had been with him since his pro debut in 2009, Fowler surrendered a 65 in the first round in Memphis but failed to follow through.
Young dad Fowler, has therefore chosen to reconnect with his former coach Butch Harmon, and will be at the start of the first tournament of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season next week, the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California.