When I had a chance to interview Rickie Fowler after three rounds of this year’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Rickie Fowler: Exclusive Golf Mastery Process Interview), he had just cut an improbable swath through the likes of Ian Poulter, Jimmy Walker and Sergo Garcia. He would go on to take out Jim Furyk before losing to Jason Day in the Semifinals. But he did finish 3rd by taking out Ernie Els in the consolation match.
At that point, he had begun his work in earnest with Butch Harmon. He had him take a look at the 2013 British Open and formally kicked off his apprenticeship in December. So by the time he got to Tucson in late February, he was really cooking and filled with confidence even though he had missed the three previous cuts in La Jolla, Phoenix and L.A.
Just goes to show that how a player is feeling is much more relevant than how it looks like he’s doing. Based on the swing changes and that record, nobody would have bet on him to have finished T5 in the Masters and T2 in both the U.S. Open and the British Open.
Writing at the Golf Channel, Rex Hoggard fills in the details in “Fowler a major contender after switch to Harmon.” It’s a detailed piece on a nice young man who takes his game and its development very seriously.