Tuesday, September 8

Rickie Fowler: 'Finally Matching Style With Substance'

RICKIE FOWLER HAS ALWAYS WANTED to be a part of the conversation. With his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship, his third victory this season, Fowler has crashed the conversation that includes top young guns Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day.

Rickie Fowler
"With the three guys that they talk about, Jason, Rory and Jordan," Fowler said, "they've clearly played the best out of anyone over the past few months to couple of years. So I'm trying to be a small fourth thrown in there."

He added: "But there are a lot of other really good young players playing well right now as well."

Fowler slipped past Henrik Stenson late on Sunday at TPC Boston when the Swede dunked his tee shot in the water on the par-3 16th hole. The man in orange shot a closing 68 for a 1-shot win and moved to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

"I put myself in position, hit some good shots, made a couple good putts to kind of keep myself in it," Fowler told Golf Channel on NBC's Steve Sand after tapping in for his third title this year. "Henrik made a couple mistakes. But it's pretty special to fight it out the way I did."

"He wants to be included in the big three young guns," said NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller.

Indeed, Fowler seems intent on making it a foursome by, as Golf Digest's John Strege wrote, "stepping up in 2015 and finally matching his style with substance."

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