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Fowler's 2014 major run

17 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 17/06/17 7:04pm

Rickie Fowler finished in the top-five at all four majors in 2014

Rickie Fowler finished in the top-five at all four majors in 2014

Rickie Fowler is one of a crop of notable players waiting for his first major title and the American is once again in a good position heading into the weekend’s play at the US Open at Erin Hills.

Fowler at six under, , and will need to use his near miss experiences from previous major tournaments to his advantage if he is to win the 117th edition of the US Open.

We take a look back at Fowler’s significant major performances, focusing on his incredible run in 2014 where he finished in the top five in all four majors in one calendar year, becoming the third person to do so after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

The American carded a seven under par 65 on Thursday

The American carded a seven under par 65 on Thursday

The American carded a seven under par 65 on Thursday

Masters

Fowler began his strong run at the 2014 majors with a tied-fifth finish at the Masters at Augusta in the year Bubba Watson won his second green jacket.

Fowler, ended with a two-under score, to finish a full six shots behind Watson but when you remember that he carded a 75 on the Friday he recovered well over the weekend to force himself towards the top of the leader board.

A five-under-par 67 on Saturday moved Fowler into a tie for fifth place but the American failed to maintain that momentum and carded a 73 on the final day.

US Open

Martin Kaymer secured his first US Open and second major triumph finishing a full eight shots clear of Erik Compton and Fowler in second place at Pinehurst.

Fowler was always behind the eight ball after Kaymer started with two successive rounds of 65 but he produced solid golf over the four rounds to finish the tournament at one-under par.

The difficulty of the challenge presented for the golfers was highlighted by the fact that only three players finished under-par.

Open

Fowler finished as runner up to Rory McIlroy at the 2014 Open Championship

Fowler finished as runner up to Rory McIlroy at the 2014 Open Championship

Fowler finished as runner up to Rory McIlroy at the 2014 Open Championship

Fowler had to settle for another runner-up finish this time coming at Hoylake when Rory McIlroy earned his first Open Championship.

Despite shooting four rounds under 70, Fowler couldn’t prevent the Northern Irishman lifting the Claret Jug after McIlroy began with two hugely impressive rounds of 66.

Sergio Garcia, this year’s Masters champion, applied pressure to McIlroy in the early stages of the final round but had to settle for a share of the runners-up position alongside Fowler, who was left to regret some missed birdie opportunities on the opening nine holes.

Fowler has won the Players Championship in 2015

Fowler has won the Players Championship in 2015

Fowler has won the Players Championship in 2015

PGA Championship

McIlroy secured his fourth major title at Valhalla with Fowler finishing in a tie for third place alongside Henrik Stenson with Phil Mickelson in second place.

Fowler started with a 69 but he was always trailing McIlroy throughout the four days. However, once again four sub-70 rounds emphasised the purple patch of form that Fowler had picked up during the year.

Unlike in 2014 Fowler has put himself into contention from the off and will hope that his maturity will help end his wait for a first major success.


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