Love at first site: Fowler fell for the Open at St. Andrews
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Love at first site: Fowler fell for the Open at St. Andrews


The Open Championship has driven many a player to drink. Rickie Fowler, barely 21 in his first Open in 2010 at St. Andrews, however, never felt the need. He loves the Open's unique challenge.

“Yeah, I love links golf, probably my favorite,” Fowler said Wednesday. “I like the amount of options you have while out playing a links golf course.  … You can be as creative as you want and hit a variety of shots throughout the round.”

Though Fowler began his Open career with 7-over 79 at the Old Course two years ago, the experience did not sour him to links golf. He rallied to finish T-14 that week and finished T-5 last year at Royal St. Georges.

Had his next seven rounds of Open Championship not been successful, Fowler might sing a different tune.

“Maybe if I didn't turn around from the 79 at St. Andrews and struggled, it could have been a different story,” he admitted. “Since I've turned around from that, it's been a lot of fun playing over here and I definitely enjoy links golf.”


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