Rickie Fowler tied atop 3M Open, shares first 18-hole lead since 2019
On Wednesday earlier than the 3M Open, Rickie Fowler stated his recreation was “shut.”
And after his first spherical at TPC Twin Cities, he is even nearer.
In Fowler’s first aggressive spherical on the Blaine, Minnesota, structure, he shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 to seize a share of the first-round lead with Troy Merritt.
“So right this moment, I imply, going off of what we did Sunday final week, simply wanted to tighten a couple of issues up,” stated Fowler, who piggybacked off of his final-round 65 at The Open. “This golf course is pretty beneficiant off the tee. There’s a couple of lakes, ponds that you simply simply have to keep away from. Apart from that, it is go assault for probably the most half. So I feel we did a great job of simply managing our approach round since I have never essentially seen the golf course a complete lot earlier than.”
Fowler has held not less than a share of the 18-hole lead six instances earlier than on Tour, most just lately on the 2019 Waste Administration Phoenix Open, which can be his final win. That was his solely Tour win after main or co-leading after Day 1, however he hasn’t completed worse than T-7 on these six events.
The 32-year-old additionally has been second after 18 holes 13 instances on Tour. He is received as soon as from that place however has as many top-10s (three) as finishes of T-40 or worse (additionally three).
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His final lead on Tour at any time is following the second spherical at The American Specific in January 2020.
For a participant desperately looking for the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel, Day 1 in Minnesota was a step towards the previous Fowler. He carded seven birdies and no bogeys as he continues to construct some momentum, one thing that was significantly missing final season. In 2020, he collected two top-10s in 14 begins, and whereas he did qualify for his 11th straight FedExCup Playoffs, he did not advance to the BMW Championship for the primary time in his profession.
The remainder of 2021 hasn’t fared a lot better for Fowler. Even with a T-Eight on the PGA Championship, which he performed on a particular invite, and a T-11 on the Memorial, he is in peril of lacking the FedExCup Playoffs for the primary time since his rookie season in 2010. He sits 124th within the standings, two spots away from falling out of the playoffs.
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Fowler has this week after which the regular-season-ending Wyndham Championship subsequent month to solidify his spot within the playoffs. At No. 104 on the earth rankings, he is just not eligible for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
However regardless of time not being on his aspect, Fowler is just not trying too far past his present rounds.
“I do know the place I am at, what we have to do and stuff like that,” he stated. “Actually simply specializing in issues we have been engaged on, taking part in extra constant good golf. Extra days like right this moment and issues might be fantastic. Sort of hold issues, like I stated, easy and small, concentrate on the day-to-day and this week and go from there. All the things will work out.”