NORTON, Mass. – Despite fading on Sunday at The Barclays to a closing-round 74 and a tie for seventh place, Rickie Fowler was upbeat on Thursday as he prepared for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
Fowler could have earned a spot on this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team with a victory last Sunday at Bethpage, but instead will have to wait until captain Davis Love III makes his picks in two weeks to see if he makes the team.
Still, Fowler was confident he could sway the captain’s decision with his play the next two weeks.
“It would have been nice to seal that deal last week, but very confident with where the game's at and that we can put some good golf together and make sure that Davis gives us a pick,” Fowler said. “All I can do is take care of my business out here.”
Much of Fowler’s confidence is born from his play the last few weeks and the fact that he is the defending champion this week at TPC Boston.
Fowler opened with rounds of 67-67-67 to beat Henrik Stenson by a shot last year in Boston.
“It helps just because of the memories I've had here last year and coming off of playing well here the last time that we were here,” he said. “I can definitely feed off of that and then with the recent play as well.”