Heading into the Open Championship’s final round at Royal Liverpool, Rickie Fowler trailed eventually winner Rory McIlroy by six strokes.
In the end, it would be Fowler posting his third top-5 finish in a major in 2014 (T2), the only player to do so this season.
The 25-year old has made no bones about his goals for this season, and that was to be in contention at all the majors. Goal nearly reached as he has finished T-5 (The Masters), T2 (US Open) and T2 (The Open Championship) through the season’s first three majors.
It came as a bitter sweet moral victory in Hoylake, England last week as Fowler posted all four rounds in the 60’s, finishing at 15-under par, though failed to win the Claret Jug.
He spoke to that point and others in his post round press conference on Sunday.
“You know, it’s kind of similar to being one of the only guys at the U.S. Open to be under par and not win. It was a great week there, as well”, said Fowler.
“And the same here. Rory just kind of distanced himself from the field a bit, especially with his finish yesterday. It’s hard to be disappointed about it, because it was such a great week. And with the way I had been playing in the majors, there was some pressure to play well this week.”
“But with how comfortable I’ve been, I mentioned yesterday, it doesn’t feel like a big stage. It feels like I should be here. I’m definitely pleased with it. There’s plenty more to come. I’ll take 15-under in a lot of majors and sit there and wait in the clubhouse.”
Comfortable he has looked as well in each of the three majors on Sunday afternoons.
With his recent finishes in the majors this season, Fowler of course has locked up his spot on the 2014 US Ryder Cup team (currently 3rd), another goal he had coming into this season. Though I’m sure his play has been noticed by other players on tour after making huge statements in the majors this season.
Fowler may have wanted that position on the Ryder Cup in 2014, though I think we have not seen the last of him in contention at the majors.
I believe we will continue to see his name near the top of leader boards plenty in the future.
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