Rickie Fowlers ambition turns red white and blue


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Of course, Rickie Fowler wants to win on the Florida Swing to earn a spot in his first Masters next month.

And now that his PGA Tour card is virtually secured for next season, the rookie says he’s also moving his focus to improving his world ranking and piling up FedEx Cup points.

More than anything, though, Fowler, 21, burns to make a trip to Wales in late September.

“This year, the ultimate goal is to try to make the Ryder Cup team,” Fowler said after hittings balls Tuesday at PGA National's driving range at the Honda Classic.

Anyone who watched Fowler at the Walker Cup at Merion last summer knows how passionately he feels about playing for his country. He postponed turning pro all summer to play in the international team event against Great Britain/Ireland and marched about the victory celebration draped in an American flag. He was a dynamo in the event, going 4-0 to improve his overall Walker Cup record to 7-1.

Fowler jumped to 16th in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings with his second-place finish Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

In case you’re wondering, Fowler has no regrets laying up at the 15th hole in the final round at TPC Scottsdale. Whether Fowler should have gone for the green with his second shot from 230 yards and a good lie was a point of debate after Fowler made par there and finished a shot behind Hunter Mahan.

'Of course people wanted to see me go for it, but was it the right call?” Fowler said. “Yes, if I were two or three shots back, it’s the right play. If I’m one shot back with four birdie holes to go, I don’t think so.”