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Watch out, leaders – Rickie Fowler is ready to win a major this weekend.

The American, so often a bridesmaid in golf’s four most prestigious events, was in confident mood after adding a 69 to his opening round of 70 to sit at three-under and just three shots off the lead at the halfway stage of The Open at Carnoustie. 

“I’m looking forward to this weekend,” admitted the 29-year-old, who finished second to Rory McIlroy at Royal Liverpool in 2014. 

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That was one of eight top fives that Fowler has posted in 34 major starts to date, which would imply that he is trending nicely towards a victory. 
Worryingly for the players currently above him on the leaderboard, he agrees with that assessment.

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“I would say it just continues to feel more and more comfortable,” he said. “Just like anything, the more you do something over and over, it starts to feel like routine in a way, but in a good way. 

“This is where we all want to be. Everyone wants to perform at their best at the majors, find a way to get into contention and have a chance come Sunday. So that’s the plan.

“We’ll see what the weather has to offer over the weekend but I’m looking forward to it. We’re in a great spot with two rounds left.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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