Fowler hopes to build on major momentum


AKRON, Ohio – Back-to-back runner-up finishes in majors would be cause for celebration among most PGA Tour professionals.

For Rickie Fowler, though, it only shows there is room for improvement.

“Golf’s fun that way. There’s always a place to get better,” Fowler said Wednesday in advance of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “There’s always something you can work on, and something you can tighten up.”

Fowler tied for second at Royal Liverpool behind Rory McIlroy, a result that came one month after he shared second place behind Martin Kaymer at the U.S. Open. After starting the year with a T-4 finish at the Masters, Fowler is pleased with his results in the majors but added that he has yet to fire on all cylinders.

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“The U.S. Open and the Open (Championship), as well as Augusta at the Masters, I played great but I didn’t have my best,” Fowler said. “Sunday at the Open, I was able to get it around and get a lot out of the round that day. It wasn’t the best ball-striking I had there, but it was the best possible score. So I was able to get the most out of the round that day.”

Fowler hopes to build on his momentum, both this week at Firestone and next week at the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

“Not many guys have finished top five in the first three (majors). I’m the only one this year, so that’s pretty cool,” Fowler said. “They’ve definitely given me a lot of confidence this year, but I do want more.”