DUBLIN, Ohio – Rickie Fowler has apparently reached the intersection of his career where potential meets performance.
In search of his fourth consecutive top-five result, Fowler posted a 3-under 69 at the Memorial Tournament on Saturday to put himself in contention yet again. He wound up in third place, three shots behind leader Spencer Levin. On Sunday, Fowler will be paired with Tiger Woods, who is in fourth place, four shots off the lead.
“I've been swinging really well, so that's obviously helped me stay very calm and collected out there,” said Fowler, who won last month’s Wells Fargo Championship. “Very confident with my game and where I'm at mentally, so get ourselves in a good position for tomorrow being a few back, go out and have some fun and see what we can do.”
With the Muirfield Village course playing more difficult because of heavy winds, perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that Fowler thrived under those conditions, posting one of just three rounds in the 60s.
“I love playing in the wind,” he said. “I wouldn't mind it being like this tomorrow. No, I enjoy it. You've got to hit good golf shots and got to hit the ball solidly. I played well today, hit a few squirrelly shots, but other than that we kept it in play and made a few good swings coming in, made a couple birdies, so put ourselves in a good spot for tomorrow.”