RIO DE JANEIRO – Rickie Fowler contended all along that he was hitting the ball well but was struggling with putting, particularly with reading greens on the Olympic Golf Course.
“So we’ll get that straightened out,” Fowler said Friday after a second-round 71. “If I keep improving by four shots each day, won’t be in a bad spot.”
Well, Fowler went out and shot 6-under 29 on the front nine to begin the third round. He immediately vaulted up into the top 20 and, more importantly, into medal contention.
Fowler made birdie on three of the first five holes, but made a 25-footer for birdie on the eighth hole, then holed out from 75 yards for eagle on the par-4 ninth hole.
After the opening round Thursday Fowler said Team USA didn’t need to have a meeting even though they all played poorly. He, along with Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar all realized what was at stake.
“We all know where we’re at and what we need to try and do,” Fowler said.