4. Rickie Fowler missed out on his best chance to win a major
This might be the biggest thing on my mind, as I wind down from watching the US Open on Sunday. Rickie Fowler has been as close to winning a major as you possibly can be. He’s had top-five finishes at all the majors, including finishing second at the US Open in 2014 and The Open Championship in 2014.
Fowler shot a 63 in the first-round that gave him the lead, but he backed it up with a 73 on Friday and a 68 on Saturday. The 28-year-old was only two shots behind the leader heading into the final round on Sunday and looked to have his first major championship.
Fowler was probably the most experienced of the group among the top and the one most poised to win the US Open. There were heavy expectations on him, but he seemed to disappoint, scoring a 72 on Sunday and finishing the tournament in fifth place.
The Oklahoma State alum has four PGA Tour wins in his career, but a win in a major tournament is still evading Fowler. In 2014, he was in the mix for all of the majors, but Sunday’s finish at the US Open felt like it was his best chance to win. Fowler seemed upbeat after the tournament, despite falling short of his expectations. In my best estimation, this one is going to hurt worse than the others. Hopefully, Fowler can win a major soon to avenge this loss at Erin Hills.