Rickie Fowler shows glimpse of future success at Valhalla
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Championship


Rickie Fowler took the solo lead with a chip in birdie on the 5th hole, and moved into a tie for the lead with a birdie on the 10th hole at the 96th PGA Championship. However, a bogey on 14, and pars on the final four holes left him in a tie for third, two strokes behind Rory McIlroy.

Rickie’s T3 at Valhalla gave him his fourth top-5 in a major this season. “This is probably the one that hurts the most for me with the majors this year. The first three were a lot of fun, and obviously to be in great positions and to get great finishes. This one I felt like I could go out today and win it. I put myself in a good position.”

He added, “Like I said, the back nine wasn’t what I was wanting. But still, to look back on the year, it was pretty awesome through the majors and something I can look back on and be proud of.”

Fowler’s major journey began when he started working with Butch Harmon in late 2013. The road was bumpy in the beginning of the 2014 season, but his game showed up big-time when it mattered the most. To put the season in context, Rickie, Tiger, and Jack are the only players to finish in the top-5 of all four majors in a single season.

Fowler is a true competitor, so the T3 isn’t good enough for the 25-year-old from Murrieta, CA, but we should all be excited for what’s in store over the next 10-15 years.

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–Bernie D’Amato