‘You surprise: Am I ever going to be again?’ Rickie Fowler opens up on struggles

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‘You surprise: Am I ever going to be again?’ Rickie Fowler opens up on struggles


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Nick Piastowski

October 15, 2021

Rickie Fowler is in a tie for sixth heading into the weekend on the CJ Cup.

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Rickie Fowler, when he was successful the Gamers Championship, and making Ryder Cup groups, and ranked within the high 10 on this planet, would by no means be requested such a query. However that is the tip of 2021, and he hasn’t gained since January of 2019, and he not solely didn’t make the Ryder Cup this 12 months, however he missed out on the FedEx Cup playoffs for the primary time in his profession, and he’s now within the triple digits on this planet rating. So right here we’re, and right here’s what he was requested after ending Friday’s second spherical on the CJ Cup in Vegas in a tie for sixth:  

Don’t take this the fallacious means, however is your precedence going to the primary tee successful, or is your precedence going to the primary tee persevering with your bettering course of?

“No, we’re ready to go play a very good one tomorrow to have an opportunity on Sunday,” Fowler mentioned. “… Sure, the aim proper now could be to go win. I do know I can play properly on this golf course, I’ve confirmed that the primary two days.”

Able to play a very good one tomorrow. I do know I can play properly. The aim proper now could be to go win. Within the 12 months of the comeback in golf (see: Fowler’s good friend Jordan Spieth, together with a bunch of others), Fowler is sounding like Fowler once more. Enjoying prefer it, too. Ought to he even tie for sixth, it will be his finest end since January of final 12 months.    

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However like the person mentioned, the aim isn’t sixth. Or fifth, fourth, third or second. Nonetheless, as he opened up about his struggles on Friday, Fowler admitted there have been occasions throughout this downturn the place successful wasn’t major.    

“I imply, it crosses your thoughts,” he mentioned. “Everybody’s gone by ups and downs in golf. If you’re in these low factors, there’s occasions whenever you surprise like: Am I ever going to be again in that place? Clearly you imagine that you may, however there’s these ideas of like golf is clearly one of the vital humbling sports activities there may be and you may by no means take it with no consideration. 

“So being in these positions, you realize the place you wish to be, you realize you may be there, you’ve been there earlier than, however it looks as if a protracted uphill battle. , like I mentioned, it’s positively been humbling, we’ve been affected person, however it’s good to see some stuff begin paying off.”

Over the previous few months, as Fowler and swing coach John Tillery have tweaked his swing, there have been teases. A tie for eighth on the PGA Championship on the finish of Could. A tie for eleventh on the Memorial at the beginning of June. Final week, on the Shriners Kids’s Open, his first occasion after failing to overlook the PGA Tour’s postseason, he missed the lower, however shot a second-round 66 and mentioned it was “the proper stuff.” Each that event and the CJ Cup are in Vegas, which can be the house to Fowler’s former swing coach, Butch Harmon, and in a fast go to, Fowler mentioned Harmon instructed him “he cherished every part that Tiller and I had been engaged on.”

Then got here a Thursday 66. And a Friday 66. And Fowler’s six photographs behind chief Keith Mitchell, and one shot out of second coming into the weekend. 

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“Proper now, I really feel like I’m ready the place that is in all probability — I instructed Butch over the weekend once I was hitting balls with him, once I labored with him, I in all probability wasn’t as educated about my swing, however it was easy and I understood what we had been attempting to do and I knew the place we had been at and I understood it,” Fowler mentioned. “I really feel like now I’m in the same place, however I’m rather more educated in regards to the golf swing on the whole in addition to mine, in order that’s principally the place we’re. 

“Numerous progress was made, particularly over the sort of six, seven weeks that I had off previous to coming to Vegas.”

And now he’s two low rounds away from doubtlessly his first win for the reason that Waste Administration Open at the beginning of February in 2019.  

“I believe downhill can occur fairly shortly,” Fowler mentioned. “Clearly if you happen to take a look at anybody’s profession, everybody’s up and down, nobody’s ever held it regular for, you realize, a protracted time frame. Tiger’s in all probability been probably the most spectacular with it so far as when he was good, he was good, and had his little occasions off. Even I believe Jack might be the one which doesn’t get talked about very a lot, he had his ups and downs. 

“It’s there, it’s going to occur, it’s simply — it’s not a lot the way you take care of whenever you’re enjoying properly or dangerous, it’s simply extra so simply sort of staying who you’re and never letting it have an effect on you as an individual, maintain sort of transferring ahead.”

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