Rickie Fowler is taking a week off from his fall vacation, playing in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Normally this time of the year, he has already played three events in Asia, picking up appearance fee’s, prize money, and OWGR points.
This year was different, with a new strategy for Fowler. Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy were the only other top-10 players who did not play in Asia.
Coming off his best year statistically in 2016-17, with a win at the Honda Classic, and ten top-tens, Fowler knows that elusive major is still missing from his resume.
It seems like yesterday that “little Rickie” was an up and coming star on tour, wearing his bright orange colors each week, bringing younger fans to every event he played in. He was as marketable as anyone to come along since Tiger Woods.
Turning pro in 2009, Fowler will be 29 in December and no longer considered a “young-gun” like the one’s winning regularly on tour. When the subject of the best player to never win a major comes up, Fowler’s name is usually at the top of most lists.
Fowler described last season including missed opportunities at the majors:
“It was a good year across the board. It would have been nice to have had more wins or get a major, but to be up there in a lot of the majors, to get a win at Honda, plenty of top-10s, being in contention and the stats across the board, when you look at that stuff, it was arguably the best I’ve played or have been playing”, Fowler said Wednesday.
“So more wins in the majors will definitely come if that continues”, said Fowler.
Fowler has won almost 30 million dollars on the PGA Tour, and probably more off the course. This year he passed on the Asian money to rest up, get in shape and give himself the best opportunity to get that first major.
“I mean, it’s a fine line. You know well enough, seeing guys and where they finish and how they play and understanding how much one putt or one shot can do, whether it’s coming down the stretch or even that one putt early in the week. It’s a very fine line between finishing 10th in a major and being right there in contention”, Fowler said at the Mayakoba Resort.
On what his plan and strategy is for the upcoming year, Fowler said, ” Even though you get an offseason or take some time off, it’s rare that we get to just sit down and do nothing and think. But I know between my caddie and my agent, my girlfriend’s family, kind of my close team, we’ll definitely be sitting down and making sure we’re all doing the right stuff, laying out the schedule properly and figuring out what we can do better to tighten up, whether it’s preparation, golf game to make sure that we’re not letting any chances slip away.”
Considered a favorite to win this week at the OHL Classic, Fowler says despite the five week layoff he is confident.
“I’m excited to be down here and I want to play well and I feel like I definitely can play well. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t feel I could win.”