Rickie Fowler believes staying patient will be vital if he is to break his major duck at this week’s US PGA Championship.
The American has enjoyed another strong year, winning both the Players Championship and the Scottish Open but has failed to produce his best form in the game’s biggest events.
A missed cut at the US Open and a ties for 12th and 30th at the Masters and Open Championship respectively make pretty poor reading for a man who did not finish lower than fifth in a major in 2014.
He now has one last chance to break his duck this year when he tees it up in the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
The 26-year-old is currently available at 21.00 to lift the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday, with compatriot Jordan Spieth the favourite at 8.00.
With Whistling Straits incorporating more than 1,000 bunkers, this week’s winner will need to remain extremely patient and ensure he does not chase a score.
Fowler says he has already worked out a way to tackle the Wisconsin layout and believes sticking to his guns and staying calm will be crucial to his chances.
He told the Press Association: “[I’m going to] go out there and just focus on sticking to my game plan and taking care of the business that I need to take care of out there, and ultimately putting myself in a position going into the weekend to be in contention.”
“So I don’t look at them as any harder to win, you just really have to be patient and not push any harder than needed.”