ATLANTA – With just 18 holes remaining in the 2015-16 season Rickie Fowler figures it’s time to scrap the normal game plan and lean into the finish.
Fowler gave himself an outside chance on a demanding Saturday at the Tour Championship, playing an increasingly wet and long East Lake course in a day’s best 67 strokes to move into third place, four strokes behind Jordan Spieth.
Fowler began the finale third on the points list and can collect the FedEx Cup and $10 million bonus with a victory on Sunday but he will need to catch Spieth, who is second on the points list.
“I need to get the ball in the short grass and get off to a good start on the front nine,” Fowler said of his Sunday plan. “I can’t control what the guys do out front, but at least if I get out there and make some birdies early, play solid and get off to a good start, then I can at least scare them and show them we’re there.”
Fowler’s last two Sunday rounds have been under par, including a closing 68 to win the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month, but he’s failed to break par on Sunday in his two starts at the Tour Championship.