NEWTOWN SQUARE, PENNSYLVANIA | Rickie Fowler appreciated the text he received last week from U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk, reiterating something he heard Davis Love III say.
“He said, ‘No one has ever said they came back from an injury too late,’ ” Fowler said Tuesday at Aronimink Golf Club, where he will return to competition in the BMW Championship after a three-week break to allow a partially torn oblique to heal.
Fowler believes he is close to 100 percent healthy now and sees no potential issues as he prepares for the final two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup this month.
He remembers the moment when the injury announced itself.
Fowler was hitting a 6-iron on the seventh tee at Firestone Country Club in the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He played through it there and dealt with it the following week at the PGA Championship, where he had a chance to win on Sunday despite being heavily bandaged to protect against further damage.
Fowler said the injury was the result of gradual wear and tear and the remedy was time off while receiving laser treatments near his South Florida home.
He resisted the temptation to play the Dell Technologies Championship last week near Boston. Instead, Fowler played 18 holes for four days in a row starting last Wednesday to make sure his recovery was nearly complete.
“I wanted to try to get back as soon as I could,” Fowler said. “I didn’t want to go into the Ryder Cup having five weeks off from competitive golf.
“It was more between last week and this week and, without any doubt in my mind, it was the right decision not to play last week. Just to make sure that we weren’t going to stress it too early and ultimately bring the potential of another injury into play.”
The only compensation Fowler expects to make this week is with his driver. He’s hitting his irons as long as ever but will be careful off the tee.
“I just won’t try and reach back and go after a driver 100 percent,” Fowler said.