Fowler hop­ing ma­jor suc­cess be­gins at 30

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Weekly Trust - - Cover Interview -

De­fend­ing Hero World Chal­lenge cham­pion Rickie Fowler is hop­ing that hit­ting 30 will sig­nal an over­due era of suc­cess at golf ’s high­est level.

The Amer­i­can, who turns 30 on 13 De­cem­ber, has three run­ner-up fin­ishes and five other top-fives in his 36 ma­jor cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances since his de­but at the 2008 US Open.

While he’s not about to panic, Fowler would dearly like to see his name crossed off the “best play­ers never to win a ma­jor” list.

“I’ve al­ways heard that 30s were your prime, so we’re just get­ting into it,” he said on Wed­nes­day as he pre­pared to de­fend his ti­tle in the elite 18-player un­of­fi­cial event on the Al­bany course, where Fowler stormed to vic­tory last year with a blis­ter­ing fi­nal­round 61.

The win was Fowler’s eighth since turn­ing pro­fes­sional in 2009. It was his last trip to the win­ner’s cir­cle, but Fowler re­mains con­fi­dent he’ll be hoist­ing more tro­phies.

“There’s no ur­gency, and I don’t see any kind of rush or any­thing like that,” said Fowler, whose two run­ner-up fin­ishes in 2018 in­cluded a se­cond place at the Mas­ters.

“I look at the next five to 10 years as the time to take ad­van­tage of things and make sure that we’re not sit­ting back and just re­lax­ing, go out and take care of what we want to take care of and see what can hap­pen.

“I would say the 40s is a lit­tle bit more of where we’d look at prime would be kind of in the rear-view mir­ror.

“So, I’m look­ing for­ward to these next five to 10 years of tak­ing ad­van­tage of them and mak­ing them count.”

Rickie Fowler

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