Masters 2018: More major championship heartbreak for Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler (Getty Pictures)

When Patrick Reed made a 3-foot par putt on the 72nd inexperienced Sunday at Augusta Nationwide to earn his first major title with a Masters win, everybody was targeted on the pink-clad star.

However off within the distance, hoping for an opportunity at a playoff, Rickie Fowler, sporting vibrant orange pants, walked away from yet one more shut name in a major. Generally known as one of the fashionable figures in sports, Fowler acknowledged that this one stung somewhat bit greater than previous slender defeats.

“It feels so much totally different,” Fowler stated after his spherical. “That is probably the most ‑ I imply, I’m able to go win a major, however this was type of the primary major week that I understood that and recognized that and felt that.

“I might say beforehand, nonetheless feeling the nerves and coping with, you already know, robust rounds and issues not going your means, however I feel the large spherical for me was yesterday. I did not really feel my greatest. I felt like I needed to simply actually keep on with my recreation plan and sort of struggle via a number of occasions the place I’ll not have felt snug and simply making an attempt to intestine it out, and clearly you might see, with a sixty five, I used to be very happy with that.

“So I am able to go. I am actually wanting ahead to this yr and the three majors which are left. You already know, Shinnecock is one in every of my favourite golf programs within the U.S. Clearly this place, and I have never been to the opposite two. However must be an excellent major season.”

Often known as somebody prepared to stay round and congratulate buddies and opponents even after dropping late in occasions, Fowler confirmed one other stylish act Sunday by congratulating Reed on his win. 

“I gave it my all,” Fowler stated. “I left every part on the market on the golf course. Like I used to be speaking about, I used to be just a bit too far again. And to go on the market and, like I stated, depart the whole lot on the market, it might have been good to have a couple of extra coming in and provides it an actual probability.

“However we did every part we might.  And Patrick went on the market and outplayed all of us this week, and he earned it. So, you have to give it to him. He is your Masters Champion. It was enjoyable to get that birdie on the final and a minimum of, like I stated, maintain him trustworthy 18th Gap, Spherical four

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Whereas Fowler could seem content material on the surface, he is wanting to win his first major title.

“Clearly I need to be the one standing on prime after the 4 rounds, however that is ‑ if something, it is a step ahead and makes me really feel higher about going ahead into our subsequent major, the U.S. Open,” Fowler stated. “It should be enjoyable. I really feel like this can be a yr to knock off our first.”