Fowler knows: Major needed to join level of Spieth, McIlroy


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Officials this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship put their best foot forward, grouping world Nos. 1 Jordan Spieth, 3 Rory McIlroy and 6 Rickie Fowler together early Thursday morning.

While many have anticipated a Jordan-Rory rivalry this season, Folwer is often overlooked despite a stellar run the last two seasons. Last year, he won The Players in a dramatic playoff and the Deutsche Bank Championship, and in 2014 he finished in the top 5 at all four major championships.

Still, Fowler seemed to acknowledge on Tuesday that he still has one missing element before he goes into the same category as Spieth and McIlroy.

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“I may not be ranked as high but I’m close,” Fowler said. “A major would help me to become a solid part of the talk.”

Joining the Grand Slam club continues to be Fowler’s focus going into this season after his solid finish last year at the Masters (T-12).

“I definitely feel like adding a major to the resume. It would be a huge step in the right direction,” he said. “The last two years have been very good steps for me to continue to move forward.”