BLAINE, Minn. – Rickie Fowler is aware of he’s going to get to the place he needs to be.
“It feels prefer it’s clearly at all times heading the fitting approach in the place we’ve been going. However I do know I’m shut, it’s simply not all coming collectively simply but,” Fowler stated Wednesday about his continued efforts to shine his swing after a serious overhaul. “For those who speak to different gamers or anybody that’s sort of been by means of some form of ups and downs, it’s how golf goes, it’s how life goes.
“Generally it’s one putt, one swing. It’s been good over the previous few months to lastly at the least see some extra consistency or at the least on course. So, I’m joyful about the place we’re, however we nonetheless have slightly approach to go to be the place we need to be.”
This week, Fowler is making his debut within the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities. His newest affirmation that the swing modifications will work out got here final Sunday within the remaining spherical of the British Open at Royal St. George’s, the place he carded a 65. Regardless of ending in a tie for 53rd, Fowler stated his remaining momentum from the 2 days in Sandwich, England, can carry over throughout the pond.
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“Positively. Bought some work in each days. I drove it poorly Friday and Saturday, hit it good, a quite simple spherical of golf on Sunday,” he stated. “I missed one inexperienced and it might have been decrease, however 5 beneath is a stable rating round there. Feeling good going into this week. Cleaned a number of issues up; taking loads from how I performed on Sunday and attempt to exit right here and simply try to put on out as many fairways and greens as we are able to.”
Fowler’s struggles definitely wore on him, however he by no means flinched and deserted the pursuit. He has gone 50 begins since successful his fifth PGA Tour title within the 2019 Waste Administration Phoenix Open. In a single stretch, he went 29 begins with no prime 10, missed 13 cuts and fell to 128th within the official world rankings, his worst standing since early 2010.
He was inspired when he tied for eighth within the PGA Championship after which tied for 11th within the Memorial in his subsequent begin. However he’s missed the reduce within the Vacationers, tied for 32nd within the Rocket Mortgage Traditional and tied for 53rd within the Open for the reason that Memorial.
Nonetheless, he’s now not pondering swing when he’s between the gallery ropes. As an alternative, he’s simply enjoying golf.
“Proper now, I really feel like iron play’s been higher. I really feel like that’s been heading the fitting route,” he stated. “Placing as of the previous few months has undoubtedly been heading the fitting approach. That was a giant a part of why I performed effectively at Kiawah (within the PGA) and performed first rate at Memorial. I feel driving the ball can at all times get higher; that units up all the things from hitting fairways and getting your self alternatives to be aggressive versus enjoying from the tough, which I did quite a lot of that on Friday and Saturday at St. George’s.”
This will probably be Fowler’s third begin within the Land of 10,000 Lakes. He misplaced within the quarterfinals to eventual champion Richie Ramsay within the 2006 U.S. Novice at Hazeltine and performed very effectively because the U.S. thumped Europe within the 2016 Ryder Cup, additionally at Hazeltine.
As for TPC Twin Cities, Fowler performed 18 on Tuesday and 9 on Wednesday. Course situations are supreme and with the recent climate rolling in – temps within the 90s the ultimate three days – the golf ball will fly, and scores will probably be low.
“Bought to make some birdies this week,” he stated. “It’s gasoline pedal is on the fitting, simply exit and make birdies.”