On Saturday at the Masters, Rickie Fowler, wearing an uncharacteristically quiet outfit, was able to make a run toward the leaders. Following up a disappointing three over 75 in his second round, Fowler came out on fire in his third round, and with only one bogey, shot a 5-under-67 to vault himself into a tie for third in the tournament at three under overall.
Fowler, whose best finish at the Masters was 27th in 2012, has now put himself in position to make a run at the green jacket on Sunday, especially if the leader, Bubba Watson, stumbles a bit in his third round. Fowler, who turned Pro in 2009, has only recorded one win on tour so far in his short career, and now finds himself among impressive company as he attempts to make a run at his first green jacket.
With only one bogey in his third round, Fowler was able to avoid the mistakes that had hindered him over his first two rounds of the Masters. Carding six birdies, three on the front nine and three on the back nine, he was in control of his game the entire round. Playing with a lot of confidence is a must at any major, and is supremely important at Augusta. Fowler proved his confidence as he went right at every pin, playing gutsy approach shots to set himself up with plenty of birdie opportunities.
Unfortunately for Fowler, he missed a chance to lower his score even further when he missed his birdie chance on the par 4 18th to close out his round. He played a beautiful approach shot, leaving his ball just a few yards short of the pin. He then proceeded to miss his birdie chance as he sent the ball just wide of the hole, leaving himself a tap in for par.
Even with this missed chance to end his round, Fowler has guaranteed himself a late tee time on Sunday and a chance at the green jacket, which is every golfer’s dream heading into the final round at Augusta.