Rickie Fowler – ‘Fine Line Between Playing Mediocre Golf and Good Golf’

Published 05/07/2021, 10:27 AM EDT
May 6, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Rickie Fowler hits a second shot on 7 during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports


Rickie Fowler is competing at the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. A lot of people are expecting Fowler to achieve a strong finish at this tournament, considering the fact that he won his maiden tour title at this venue back in 2012. Furthermore, 32-year-old Fowler thinks there’s only a fine margin between winning and losing when it comes to golf. 

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Fowler does not back down from acknowledging that he’s enduring a form slump at the moment. It’s been quite a while since he won a PGA Tour event, and the Oklahoma State alum often gets asked about it. 

“It’s such a fine line between playing mediocre golf and good golf, or mediocre could be even bad. It’s just a fine line out here, as far as you know, what looks decent, and then versus, you know, playing proper golf,” Fowler told the media at Wells Fargo Championship. 

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“Though I know, it’s close. I think some of it was, you know, spending a lot of time working on the swing, which needed to be done, but probably spent a little bit too long of time focusing and worrying about certain things. And the last few months has just been, you know, going out and playing just a bit more golf instead of playing golf swings,” he added. 

It is all about holding on to the momentum and applying it to the game. A lot of it is mental, and Rickie Fowler is striving hard to get back into winning ways. A good finish at the Wells Fargo Championship will certainly help the cause. 

Rickie Fowler delivered a strong performance in Round 1

Rickie Fowler enjoyed a great opening round at Quail Hollow on Thursday. He made four birdies and 11 pars en route to making a 1-under 70. While this score did not get him the first spot on the leaderboard, it was a good start to what seems like a promising tournament for Fowler. 

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Mar 4, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Rickie Fowler hits his drive on the 18th hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

In retrospect, Fowler opened with a 6-under 66 in the par-72 course during his title-winning run in 2012. While he was unable to register a low score this year, Fowler is still one of the favorites to pose a tough challenge in the remaining three rounds. 

Rickie Fowler has garnered valuable experience at the Quail Hollow Club which would prove useful at crunch moments. He still has a long way to go in terms of regaining his form, but the five-time PGA Tour winner is destined to bounce back. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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