SAN DIEGO – So much for easing into the new year.
After a fifth-place showing at the Tournament of Champions and a resounding victory last week at the star-studded Abu Dhabi Championship, Rickie Fowler roars into Torrey Pines with confidence and a new attitude.
“It put me in a mindset of being a little bit more aggressive and playing a little bit more offensively instead of trying to just get things going at the beginning of the season,” he said Wednesday at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Abu Dhabi was Fowler’s fourth title in his last 18 starts, tied with Jason Day for the most wins over that span.
Just about the only thing left on Fowler’s to-do list is win a major.
He finished inside the top five in all four majors in 2014. Last year, he won for the first time since 2012 and added two more worldwide titles. Only one box remains, and he said Wednesday that he’s much better equipped to win a major than he was only a few years ago.
But that doesn't mean he has a major-or-bust mentality in 2016.
“My No. 1 goal this year is to get a major,” he said, “but I definitely wouldn’t look back if I won a couple times this year and didn’t win a major, I wouldn’t look at it as an unsuccessful year.”