Fowler addresses heightened expectations to win


Rickie Fowler continues to deal with heightened expectations to win his first PGA Tour event. He's finished second four times on Tour and won the Korea Open last October, but hasn't yet captured a breakthrough victory.

'I'd be lying if I didn't say there was more pressure than when I first came out,' Fowler, 23, said Wednesday while co-hosting 'Morning Drive' with Gary Williams. 'I feel like I put the most pressure on myself setting my goals as high as I do. Doesn't give me much time to focus on outside pressure.'

Fowler, ranked No. 45 in the world ranking, listed Phoenix and Quail Hollow as the places that he feels most comfortable with and could produce a win. He was co-leader with Nick Watney at the AT&T National last summer but that was at Aronimink. The tournament switches back to Congressional this summer.

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The British Open is another place that Fowler says gets him fired up.

'I love playing links golf, it all depends on the weather,' Fowler said. 'You can make up a lot of ground with a good round in bad weather.'

Fowler tied for fifth place last year at the British Open at Royal St. Georges.