Rickie Fowler, who has carded back-to-back rounds of 69 at Royal Liverpool at the 2014 Open Championship, is looking to keep his streak of top-5 finishes in majors in tact this week.
Although Rory McIlroy is stealing the headlines after two rounds, the 25-year old is playing solid golf of his own after preparing for this major championship as he has done in each of the past two — By playing the week prior to the major.
It’s been well documented that many of the top players followed Phil Mickelson’s lead from 2013, playing the week before The Open at the Scottish Open. However, Fowler is one of the few that has done so in each week prior to all three of the majors that have been contested in 2014.
The California native spoke to that very topic in his press conference following his round.
“The biggest thing was getting over and playing the Scottish, and kind of checking the game and seeing where it was at, and shaking off a few things the first couple days there”. said Fowler.
“And able to get into the weekend and build some confidence off of that event with a good solid finish. With the round I had on Sunday there definitely gave me some confidence going into this week.”
His confidence is certainly showing through after two rounds this week. Fowler has carded only four bogeys to 10 birdies through 36 holes.
“I think the biggest thing for me is just going through the process on every shot and making sure that I’m fully prepared to hit the golf shot that’s in front of me,” continued Fowler.
“Sometimes I get a little quick or a little haze over some golf shots. Bad golf swings will happen, you’re going to miss shots, but trying to limit that as much as possible. That’s what I felt I’ve done the best this year in majors and leading up, as far as preparation goes.”
He is also taking advantage of the par-5’s this week at Hoylake, which are crucial scoring holes the players must score well on to be in the hunt this week.
Fowler has played the four par-5’s this week at 5-under, while carding five birdies, no bogeys and three pars. All other holes he is playing at 1-under.
Though Fowler is currently six shots back of the lead of McIlroy, his game and preparation are certainly in order and paying off so far at The Open Championship.
Will it be enough for his streak of top-5 finishes in majors to remain in tact come Sunday?
If he keeps taking each of his shots completely though his process as he mentioned, all signs to me are pointing to yes.