SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Rickie Fowler is aware of he can win main championships. He says everybody in golf is aware of that. So, Rickie, how about this week within the U.S. Open?
Majors haven’t been sort to Fowler, who both will get teased or slammed by them. In April, he got here up one shot wanting Patrick Reed on the Masters. Fowler additionally was runner-up at each the U.S. and British Opens in 2014. In all, he has eight top-five finishes in Grand Slam occasions.
He additionally has missed cuts in seven majors.
So, as soon as once more, he was requested Wednesday: Rickie, how about this week?
“Yeah, positively I have been very shut,” Fowler mentioned. “I really feel like there’s a couple of you possibly can have a look at and say, if it wasn’t for that one man, we’d have received. There was a few majors the place there was a runaway or somebody simply occurred to play simply that little bit higher. There’s some scores that I’ve shot which were ok to win majors, however we’ve not been in a position to get it accomplished that particular week.
“You understand what, on the similar time, I form of like to take a look at it so far as I am ok, and I principally received a serious: I received The Gamers in opposition to, arguably, the very best area we play all yr on a golf course that could be a superb take a look at as nicely. No, we simply acquired to occur to get one accomplished on the proper time and have that week.”
Shinnecock Hills could be a superb place for it to occur. Fowler charges it as one among his favourite American programs, one he is performed extra usually than any heading into a serious on that structure. He is been on Lengthy Island for greater than every week, with apply rounds at Shinnecock and several other different extremely rated programs.
Fowler even performed with Tom Brady on Tuesday at Friar’s Head, one other revered course on the island.
“I will inform you what, Tom Brady can putt,” Fowler mentioned. “If I can take that into this week, that is one factor I can take from him that may assist me.”
Fowler can do every part with a golf ball, and for the final yr he is been thought-about the very best participant to not win a serious, ever since Sergio Garcia captured the 2017 Masters. At 29, he needs to be in his prime aggressive years, and he hardly lacks expertise: This will probably be his 10th U.S. Open, together with tying for 60th in his first as an newbie in 2008. He turned professional the subsequent yr.
Amongst Fowler’s wins are that Gamers Championship in 2015, and the Deutsche Financial institution within the FedEx playoffs the identical yr.
Additionally, as a member of three Ryder Cup and two Presidents Cup groups, Fowler should not be bothered by stress within the huge occasions.
And but, there are not any main trophies in his assortment.
“Everyone knows I am ok to win. I do know I am ok to win,” he mentioned. “Being ready and making it occur that particular week, there’s been a couple of guys which were superb at that: Jack, Tiger. Phil did not get his first for some time, so there’s nonetheless hope.
“I am not too frightened about it.”
Neither is Rory McIlroy, who by the age of 25 owned 4 main titles. A type of was within the 2014 British Open, when he beat Fowler by two strokes. On the PGA Championship a month later, McIlroy received once more and Fowler completed third.
Whereas McIlroy would like to see his personal identify engraved on these trophies, he is sure Fowler will win his share of majors.
“I would be very stunned if Rickie did not have a number of majors by the top of his profession,” McIlroy mentioned. “He is an ideal participant. Once more, he is performed nice in majors. Like he may have received a pair in ’14, and I used to be the one which acquired the higher of him there. However he is put himself in positions. He made an ideal run at Augusta earlier this yr.
“Once more, it is simply there’s a lot extra to profitable a golf match than simply taking part in nicely. Your timing must be proper. Issues need to occur on the proper time. You need to get momentum on the proper time, a fortunate break right here and there. The extra instances Rickie places himself ready, the higher his likelihood is of profitable one.
“However I believe everybody on this room could be actually stunned if he wasn’t to go on and win at the very least a couple of main in his profession.”