Defending champ Fowler dealing with 'haters'


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One year after defeating Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points in a playoff at the Wells Fargo Championship, Rickie Fowler is still hearing from those he calls “haters.”

“Yeah, a lot of people say I'm overhyped; I just dress up and play golf,” Fowler said in advance of this week’s edition of the event. “No, I'm actually ranked in the top 50 in the world and a decent player.”

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While external expectations may have increased following his initial PGA Tour victory, Fowler maintains that his own personal expectations remain at a high standard.

“I've always had high expectations for myself,” he said. “This year coming in I wanted to work on winning multiple times and then obviously playing well through the FedEx Cup and playing a little better getting to East Lake, the ultimate goal being on the [Presidents] Cup team. So keeping the goals is still within reach, but I definitely have higher expectations of myself.”

So far this season, Fowler has made the cut in eight of nine starts, with three top-10s, including a best finish of T-3 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.