Fowler defends Watson, looks forward to task force

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The Ryder Cup task force already has its fair share of critics, and the group hasn’t even assembled yet for its first meeting. (That could come as early as next month.) Words like “overkill” and “overreaction” have been tossed out to describe the 11-man committee, but Rickie Fowler – at 25 the youngest member of the group – said this weekend that he is "looking forward to getting together with the guys to see what everyone has to say" about past Ryder Cups, the 2016 competition at Hazeltine and beyond.

“Clearly we want to win the cup,” he told the Daily Telegraph of London. “and it’s not as if there has been a lack of motivation or anything like that. It sucks losing. Everyone is aware of that and everyone wants to win.”

Fowler was part of the latest Ryder Cup team that melted down in foursomes play en route to the Americans’ sixth loss in the last seven events.   

Fowler also joined the chorus of players who said that Phil Mickelson’s critical comments of Tom Watson may have been best reserved for the team room - not the media tent - and was one of the few who stood up in defense of Watson’s captaincy.

“I thought Tom did a great job of talking to the guys,” Fowler said, according to the report. “He has been there plenty of times, and I enjoyed the time I got to spend with him. I respect him; he is a legend within the game. Some things may have gotten blown a little bit out of proportion. But obviously we didn’t play as well as we needed to in order to win.”