Rickie Fowler said on Wednesday that he is pleased with his progress this season and his three top-five finishes in the major championships.
Fowler sought the help of famed swing guru Butch Harmon late last year and has adopted swing changes that make him more consistent under pressure.
He played twice in the new fall wrap-around schedule in 2013 with limited success, a T-19 at the CIMB Classic and T-55 in the HSBC Champions.
The results were not impressive at the beginning of year either. After a T-33 at the Humana Challenge, he missed three consecutive cuts at the Farmers Insurance, Waste Management and Northern Trust Opens.
Seemingly out of nowhere, he finished third at the WGC-Accenture Match Play. He made the cut at the Honda Classic and Trump Doral before missing his fourth cut of the year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Since then, he has been one of the best players on tour. A sixth at Houston was followed by a fifth-place finish at the Masters and he has finished runner-up at both the U.S. Open and the Open Championship.
He has not yet achieved the consistency he needs to reach the lofty heights of the golf world. His good finishes were also interspersed with three more missed cuts.
For the year, Fowler has five top-10 finishes and has earned $3.2 million. He is ranked No.22 in the FedEx Cup race and No. 18 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
He has secured his spot on Captain Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup team and now just needs a win or two to cap off a very good year.
Don’t be surprised to Fowler collecting one or two trophies yet this year. His game is improving rapidly and his confidence is growing exponentially.