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Irish Open 2015: Rickie Fowler may return after having a great time

By Peter Hutcheon

Rickie Fowler has hinted that this might not be his only Irish Open appearance.

Obviously the fact that it was played at Royal County Down, scene of his Walker Cup success in 2007, was a major factor in his decision to come here this week.

But the other reason was, of course, his great friendship with tournament host Rory McIlroy.

"It was really cool to be asked over by a good friend and also to help out with his foundation as well," he said. "I had a great time. The fans were awesome and it is one of my favourite golf courses in the world.

"I've been happy to have been a part of it and I'm looking forward to doing more things together in the future."

It was his eight-eight finish on Saturday evening which put paid to Fowler's chances which was a shame as he had played some very consistent golf up to that point.

And it came just after he had chipped in for a crowd-pleasing eagle at the 16th.

But it was another tough day for him yesterday as it was for most of the field, although he said he didn't notice much difference in the conditions.

"The wind was a bit stronger than it has been but I wouldn't say it's any tougher than it has been throughout," he said. "At least we stayed dry out there and didn't have to worry about the showers coming through.

"It's still a fair test. You've got to hit some good golf shots and have control of your ball through the air."

Fowler rounded off his week with a two over round of 73 yesterday on a day when very few players came in with under par scores.

"Any round in red numbers is a great score out there," he said.

"I turned at one over and made a couple of mistakes but I felt like I played fairly well."

By all accounts the US Open course at Chambers Bay is a similar kind of set-up to Royal County Down - although the weather will be considerably warmer.

So this week will stand the Californian in good stead as he goes looking for what would be his first major championship to go with the Players he won at Sawgrass last month.

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