AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rickie Fowler can’t wait to get to Shinnecock Hills.
He can’t wait to get to the U.S. Open in 10 weeks, because he has never felt more confident he can break through and win a major championship.
With six birdies over the final 11 holes Sunday at the Masters, Fowler pushed the drama to the final hole. He made birdie at the last to pull within one of Patrick Reed, forcing Reed to close out without a stumble to claim the green jacket.
Fowler waited in the wings at the end, watching as Reed made par at the last to beat him by a single shot.
“I am ready to go win a major,” Fowler said. “But this was kind of the first major week that I understood that, and known that, and felt that.”
Fowler, 29, has now finished T-5 or better in eight majors, with four of those second-place finishes. It wasn’t just the way Fowler finished Sunday that brought him more belief than any of his other close calls at majors. It was the way he played under pressure the final 36 holes. Fowler shot 65-67 on the weekend with 11 birdies, an eagle and just a single bogey.
“So I'm ready to go,” Fowler said. “I'm really looking forward to this year and the three majors that are left.”