Rickie Fowler: Best Open finish: T5, 2011
Watch the video (above) of Rickie discussing his chances for The Open 2014, and what he thinks of the British weather, then read on below for our interview with Rickie as published in TG.
What’s your favourite part of Open week?
I love links golf. I don’t play in Europe a whole lot. I may try and play a little bit more over there in the next few years.
What do you make of links golf?
You never know what kind of weather you’re going to get so you have to be a little bit open-minded. I feel like I’m a good ball-striker, I can work shots around. On a links you have to hit different shots. You can use the ground a little bit more, and I enjoy using my imagination.
How do you prepare for it?
In years past I’ve got over there on Saturday, played 18 on Sunday. I might be going over for the Scottish Open, so I might be over there for a couple weeks. It’s a joy to play over there.
Do you know much about Hoylake?
No. But all the Open courses are all new to me until I get done with playing through the rotation.
If it’s hard and fast will you scale back on driver like Tiger did in 2006?
No. I feel like I can drive the ball when I’m on top of my driving, I’d much rather hit driver if I can, but you kind of have to play with what the course gives you.
What do you make of British food and drink?
I don’t like beer, so I don’t really get into that. I like cider though! I tried Guinness once, but I won’t be having a pint of the local beer.
Does the time difference affect you?
The key to time zones is learning when to sleep and when not to. It can be tough to stay in contact with some people because of time changes but it’s fun to travel and see different parts of the world.
What do you make of British fans?
They’re great, some of the most knowledgeable fans out there. They know their golf and they enjoy it.