Rickie Fowler will begin the new year at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. The tournament will be played at PGA West in La Quinta, CA, January 16-19.
In a conference call put together by Mark Stevens of the PGA Tour, reporters were given the opportunity to ask Rickie about the upcoming season.
Rickie said he is “excited to start the new year in the desert,” when asked about his 2014 debut at the Humana Challenge. Fowler cited his experience playing junior golf in the desert as a factor that will help him play well. Rickie grew up in Murrieta, CA, and recently turned 25 years old.
Fowler described the work he is doing with swing instructor Butch Harmon as “no major changes.” He mentioned Butch is helping him clean up his takeaway and shorten his backswing. Fowler said he is in Vegas right now working with Butch.
When I asked Fowler if Butch has gone over his approach coming down the stretch in tournaments, he said, “We haven’t really gotten to on course stuff yet. We’re really just working on the basics and fundamentals to start out. But I definitely look forward to picking his brain and using him as a tool to help me in certain situations, and in preparing in Majors and big time situations.”
In my opinion, Fowler has the talent to win multiple times on tour. A few minor swing changes, and the insight of one of the greatest minds in golf may help Rickie get back into the winner’s circle for the first time since 2012. Keep an eye on Rickie in 2014.
Transcript of conference call put together by ASAP Sports.