Rickie Fowler is back in the mix at a major championship. He fired a three-under 69 to currently tie for ninth place. “I’m definitely happy with the round. Made a lot of good swings out there. Made a lot of good putts. Just didn’t finish as strong as I’d like to. Good solid start at an Open, at a major. I’m happy about it.”
Fowler was grouped with Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald. Garcia shot a four-under 68, and Rickie said, “felt like we were going back and forth a little bit there. It was fun to be able to feed off of each other.”
The 25-year-old is having his best season in the majors with a T5 at The Masters and a T2 at the U.S. Open. Fowler spoke about minimizing his poor shots by going through a routine.
“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. 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.”
Fowler also knows how to deal with the difficult conditions that spring up at The Open Championship.
“Back when I grew up in Southern California it usually blew about 15 to 20 every afternoon. I did play a lot in the wind when I was growing up. And then at school in Oklahoma, there’s a lot of days where it blew more than 20. So I’ve seen a lot of different conditions where it’s blowing and 30 and 40 degrees out. I’m not a stranger to playing in cold, windy weather. Whatever we get over here we’re ready.”