AVONDALE, La. – The oddsmakers have installed Rickie Fowler as one of the favorites this week at the Zurich Classic. OK, so that doesn’t mean much in pro golf, but the 25-year-old couldn’t help but smile at how far he’s come in the past few months.
“This is probably the first time I’ve been a favorite this year,” he said Wednesday. “It’s nice to be back up near the top where people actually are talking about me and I’m not off on the weekends hanging out, doing my own thing.”
His confidence is high after back-to-back strong performances. That includes a T-5 at the Masters, which matched his best finish in a major.
For all of the talk about his ongoing swing change with Butch Harmon, Fowler says he’s “actually swinging better than I ever have.”
“I don’t think I can really come close to making my old golf swing,” he added.
His new action is more efficient, more repetitive, and he’s added some firepower, too. Combine a revamped swing with a new Cobra driver, and Fowler is, on average, nine yards longer off the tee, up to about 295 per pop. “I have a little bit more gas in the tank,” he said.
Optimistic about his chances this week, Fowler is looking to build on a decent history at TPC Louisiana. In three starts here, he has one top 10 and no finish worse than 32nd.
“I like where my game is at,” he said, “and I really just need to stay patient and kind of stick with what I’ve been doing.”