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QUICK TAKE: Fowler Feeds Off Good Feelings

Rickie Fowler, 28, will have a golden opportunity to pick up his first major on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – Rickie Fowler is loving this.

He will start the final round of the Masters one stroke behind co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia and he will be in the penultimate pairing with his buddy Jordan Spieth.

And there’s a green jacket on the line.

Asked Saturday evening to measure how much fun he’s having on a 1-to-10 scale, Fowler had a quick answer.

“Eleven and a half,” he said. “We’ve been having a blast this week.”

Being on Sunday leader boards at major championships isn’t new territory for Fowler.

Three years ago, he finished in the top five of all four majors. Since then, he’s missed the cut in three majors and finished inside the top 30 just once.

This week is different. Fowler leads the field in strokes gained putting, continuing his run of strong play that includes a recent victory in the Honda Classic and a tie for third at the Shell Houston Open last week.

“This is by far the best I’ve felt in a major,” Fowler said.

“Just this week how I feel physically, mentally.  From how my game feels, how I feel just about life; I feel great on the golf course.  It feels like I’m right where I’m supposed to be.  It doesn’t feel out of place.

“Yeah, I get nervous on some shots out there.  You get nervous on the first tee.  But I’m settling into rounds very well.  I’m thinking clearly.  I’m not rushing.  Just it feels good out there.”

Playing alongside Spieth on Sunday should be an added bonus.

“I think it’s a really good thing,” Fowler said. “(We) could potentially get off to a good start and we could really push each other.  We’ll try and pull the best out of one another.  It’s always fun when you’re playing with one of your good buddies.”




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