American Rickie Fowler excited for final round


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American Rickie Fowler insists he is excited and ready for the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship after he moved into a one-shot lead on Saturday.

Fowler, priced at 2.00 to win the event, moved closer to his first PGA Tour win of 2016 after he fired a joint-low round-of-the-day 68.

The world number five climbed above overnight leader Andrew Loupe who dropped down four places into a tie for fifth, alongside Scott Langley, at six-under after a disappointing two-over third round of 74.

Roberto Castro (71) continues to pluck away and is just one behind Fowler on eight-under, while James Hahn (68) and Justin Rose (69) are in contention just one shot further back.

Phil Mickelson (76) had started to go close but he found the water on the 16th and finished with a quadruple-bogey to leave him eight shots adrift of the leader at -1, alongside Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who failed to get going in a round of 73.

Fowler had started the day three strokes off the lead but he fired six birdies and only two bogeys, making up for a dropped shot at the 13th hole with three successive birdies.

His strong finish has given him plenty of confidence and momentum going into the final round and the 27-year-old admits he cannot wait to get back out on the course.

Fowler told Sky Sports after his round: “I got off to a little bit of a slow start and had a couple of unfortunate bogeys, but other than that a good day.

Stayed patient, hit a lot of good shots and made some good putts, so definitely excited going in to tomorrow.”

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