Rickie Fowler bemoans vision problems

2014 07 Fowler1

Rickie Fowler fired a second consecutive three-under-par 69 to move into contention for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Had it not been for a problem with his eyes, however, he reckons he could have been in a far better position.

The 25-year-old former Walker Cup player will start Saturday’s third round six shots adrift of runaway leader Rory McIlroy but could have been much closer had he not struggled with his vision on the greens.

“I left a little bit out there,” he reflected. “I didn’t feel great with the putter. My eyes were a bit off, so I kind of scraped it around. I was able to make a few and get in with a good, solid round, so I’m excited for the weekend to see if we can get a few things ironed out and keep moving forward.”

Pressed to elaborate on his issues, Fowler added: “I probably slept on the wrong side. My eyes are very sensitive. I think some of the setup things that I struggle with sometimes, my shoulders get shut and my head gets behind the ball. If any of those are just a little off and my head is not in the proper position, then my eyes aren’t able to see the line properly.

“So, I usually use EyeLine putting device, which has a mirror. I’m able to check everything there. I’ll just use that to go through a checklist and see where everything is and, typically, it’s a pretty easy, quick fix. But yeah, day to day, one little thing and it can throw off your eyes.”
"The goal going into the year was to be in contention at majors." - Rickie Fowler

Despite some struggles, Fowler is adamant that he is happy with his position overall in the tournament and says he finally feels at home on the game’s biggest stages.

“The goal going into the year was to be in contention at majors and have good finishes and have a chance to win them,” he said. “The US Open was definitely the most comfortable I had felt in major. And then I feel like this week is the most comfortable I’ve been with the expectations of knowing I want to be in contention and to have a chance to win the golf tournament.

“So, it’s fun going through the process and kind of moving forward and putting myself in positions to be around for the weekends at majors.”

Follow Rickie Fowler & Co. with bunkered

Keep up-to-date with all the latest goings with Rickie Fowler & C0, and the rest of the field from the 2014 Open Championship direct from the bunkered team. Follow us on Twitter (@BunkeredOnline) and Facebook (facebook.com/BunkeredMagazine).

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
£519 DRIVER vs £150 DRIVER | What's the difference?
play button
FINDING THE PERFECT IRON | Callaway Apex custom fitting
play button
Arran Golf Marathon
play button
Callaway JAWS Full Toe
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Ryder Cup: Kevin Na is latest to hit out at snub from Stricker
Butch Harmon has a plan to settle Bryson-Brooks feud
Trailer drops for new golf movie - and it looks hilarious!
REVEALED: Why Tyrrell Hatton gets angry on the course
Ryder Cup legend tells Brooks Koepka to "relinquish his spot"

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Increase your stability for more consistency
play button
Good balance is key to more consistency
play button
A simple drill to increase your shoulder turn
play button
A very individual golf swing and lesson
See all videos right arrow