On the sidelines of his participation in the Zozo Championship, Rickie Fowler looked back on his poor performance in the Ryder Cup in Rome. Disappointed but proud to have defended the colors of his country, the American is already planning on one of his major objectives: representing the USA at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
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“You don't erase that easily…” Rickie Fowler is still suffering from the disappointment of the USA's defeat in the Ryder Cup and his poor performance. Beneficiary of a wild card offered by his captain Zach Johnson, the Californian was a shadow of himself in Rome.
He only played two matches, his foursomes on Friday morning and the singles on Sunday against Tommy Fleetwood. He conceded two defeats, which reinforced his poor statistics in the biennial event. His record is now 3 wins, 9 defeats and 5 draws in five appearances… “We always try not to think about the bad memories in this sport, to put them behind us but it doesn't always work,” admitted the winner of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The Ryder Cup always remains a special event in my heart. It’s a pride to play for your country and a joy to do it as a team and share good times with your teammates. These weeks are always unforgettable, victory or defeat.
But they are more enjoyable when you win. Unfortunately, it didn't go well for us. » “We had some of the players on our team who played well in Rome, but not enough,” admitted Fowler. Before confirming that it had been reduced by a virus.
“We had a bit of bad luck, me and a few others, we didn't feel very good there. Today, things are better and I am happy to have fully regained my health. » Now, Rickie has moved on from the Ryder Cup and his quest for good results has another very “stars and stripes” goal in mind: playing the Olympic Games in Paris.
“The Ryder Cup was the ultimate goal this year. Next year, for me, it will be the Games. I have a lot of work to do to make the Olympic team. I would love to be able to represent the United States in the Olympics again. » Present in Rio in 2016 for the great return of golf to the Olympics, the 24th player in the world had the rings tattooed on his bicep.
To go to Paris, Fowler will have to be among the 15 best players in the world in cumulative world points (and among the 4 best Americans). He is currently behind Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Max Homa… (ranking as of October 16)
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