Fowler Bounces Back
Rickie Fowler carded a six-under-par 66 to bounce back into contention after the third round of The 144TH Open Championship at St Andrews.
Last week’s Scottish Open champion found himself in a share of 50TH place after opening rounds of 72 and 71 but now has a chance of completing back-to-back victories after carding seven birdies and just one bogey on the treacherous 17TH hole.
“The first two days I got absolutely nothing out of it,” said the American who finished tied second behind Rory McIlroy twelve months ago at Hoylake. “I couldn’t hit the ball any better tee to green but just couldn’t get the ball in the hole.
“It was kind of frustrating to hit the ball like that and get nothing for it so it was nice to make some good putts today although it would have been better if I had kept a clean card.”
The 21 year-old Californian’s run started when he birdied the 4TH, 5TH and 7TH to reach the turn in 33 and he also carded birdies on the 11TH, 13TH and 18TH while giving one back at the 17TH where he missed the green in two.
“I feel really good,” he said. “I’ve just got to hope that no-one runs away from me. Tomorrow I’ll have to put up a really good score but if conditions stay the same I still might have a chance.”
It was a different story for Fowler’s friend and rival Phil Mickelson who was the last man to complete the Scottish Open and Open double two years ago. The left-hander started the third round one shot ahead of Fowler on two-under-par 142 but carded a two-under-par 70 in the third round to slip out of the reckoning