Rickie Fowler’s best golf is on the horizon
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Tour


Rickie Fowler has the best record of any player this year in the majors. He has three top-5 finishes, and still believes there is room for improvement.

At the pre-tournament presser for the WGC-Bridgestone, Fowler said, “I’m happy with where I’m at. You can always ‑‑ golf’s fun that way. There’s always a place to get better. There’s always something you can work on, and something you can tighten up.”

That’s the attitude of a future major champion.

Fowler went on to say, “Really just have to keep putting myself in those positions. I’m sure a little bit better golf will show up, but so far it’s been pretty good. I’m pretty pleased with the way I finished, and at times held on. I made some really good par saves on the back nine at The Open Championship to give myself a chance to make birdie coming down the stretch to at least put a little pressure on Rory.”

Rickie’s stellar play in the majors has vaulted him to fourth in the Team USA Ryder Cup Standings. He is a lock for the team, and is ready to compete at Gleneagles.

“You always want to go into those wanting to win, but with the way the last couple have gone, being on the losing side in ’10, and then watching the guys come up short on the final guy there at Medinah, yeah, it gives us a little fire to get it all together this year.”

He would also like to equal the Europeans’ level of camaraderie. “I know Europe’s always very strong at team camaraderie. Not that the U.S. doesn’t get along, but I feel like we can work on getting the team together a little bit better, and see if we can all pull together as a team, and bring the Cup home.”

Rickie will be a team player, and someone who can make a clutch putt for the Americans.

Fowler learned how to stay calm in pressure situations by racing dirt bikes as a kid. “That’s the fun part of being in contention. Get the blood pumping a little bit and adrenaline going, but it is a little different. I think being in those situations where I grew up riding and racing dirt bikes, and being in a little bit more extreme situations. Being up in the air doing stuff that planes don’t normally do in a way makes me feel more comfortable in some of the situations maybe as far as being in contention just because I’ve probably scared myself a little bit more than is possible on a golf course.”

Rickie’s calm demeanor, and awesome game will be fun to watch over the last couple months of the season.

–Bernie D’Amato