AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil
Rickie Fowler of the United States gives a thumbs up to his fans after winning the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.

Navajo Golfer Rickie Fowler in Top 5 after Abu Dhabi Win

Vincent Schilling

Dressed in his trademark orange polo shirt, Navajo pro-golfer Rickie Fowler recovered from a disheartening double-bogey on his final round 7th hole by with a 30-yard eagle at hole 8 and a birdie at hole 17 to win the Abu Dhabi Championship on Sunday.

The win by Fowler over Thomas Pieters, who came in second and Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson, who tied for third, moved him from 6th-ranked worldwide to #4  in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind number-one ranked Jordan Spieth, second ranked Jason Day and 3rd-ranked McIlroy.

Rickie Fowler of the United States tees off at the 18th hole during the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)

Fowler told the PGA he would thrilled to be part of the world’s top five.

"I want to be part of the crew. It would be a pretty good foursome," Fowler said. "I think I mentioned through the summer at some point, I said I was a sneaky fourth. We've got to take care of a major and then maybe I can join the crew."

"This was a big one," Fowler told ibtimes. "Last year, obviously, having a multiple-win season [was big], but… this was a great start and a great field…  it was a lot of fun today. It was a bit stressful at times. Thomas [Pieters] was playing well, it was fun to go head to head with him in the same group. We had a good time and it is just nice to come out on top this week."

This was Fowler’s fourth win at the world level in nine months, including wins at The Players Championship, the Scottish Open and the Deutsche Bank Championship last year.

It is also one more rebuttal from Fowler in response to an anonymous survey in Sports Illustrated in which his peers voted him and fellow golfer Ian Poulter the most overrated players in the game.

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Pardon me for asking, but who is Rickie Fowler? Mr. Schilling, as you may already know, when it comes to introduction of the Navajo, the clan is of great importance. In fact, it might be a great article to share the basics of tribal clans. Many unacquainted individuals find that they are related when they share their clans. Strangely, some folks act like they could care less when they learn that you are related. On the opposite spectrum, some are pleased to share stories of a family member of the person they just met that is related by clan. Some of these stories could be something you never knew about a family member and may be humorous or courageous. Please, if you are a tribal member, learn your clan. It is one of the unique traditions that maintains the spirit of our tribal nation and in the process, you might enlarge your family circle beyond your expectations. And for you older generations, make sure you teach your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who their clans are. They will be proud of it !