Late rallies, money games fuel Fowler's confidence


LAKE FOREST, Ill. – When Rickie Fowler is in the mix down the stretch in a tournament, he has no shortage of positive memories to draw upon. 

There was The Players, where he played his last six holes in 6 under and prevailed in a playoff. And the Scottish Open, where he birdied three of his last four holes. And the Deutsche Bank Championship, where he erased a three-shot lead with eight to play and won for the third time this year. 

“I think being in that situation, I’m a bit more of a go-getter,” he said Wednesday. “I’m going to go out there and I know that I can get the job done and I want to go get the job done. I’m not just playing to hang around or see if something can happen. I want to go make it happen. I’m definitely not scared of it.” 

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Why has he been so good on Sundays (or, at the Deutsche Bank, on Monday)? Fowler says it all comes back to what he does on Tuesdays, in frequent practice-round money games with Phil Mickelson and a revolving cast of characters.

Before The Players, Fowler often thought back to those matches to get a boost of confidence, to remind himself that he can play his best when the pressure is at its most intense.

These days, when his focus narrows, he simply recalls the spirited runs he’s made over the past four months. 

“Now that I’ve got some nice memories to rely on in the real mix of things, it’s nice to have that,” he said.