US Open: Rickie Fowler targets his fifth major joy
Rickie Fowler is confident he can go from winning the 'fifth' major to a real one this weekend.
The American performed well last year in the Masters, The Open, the US Open and PGA Championship, but on every occasion he turned out to be an usher rather than the groom.
He was the main man though earlier this year with his biggest career victory to date in the Players Championship.
Although delighted to have claimed what is unofficially labelled the 'fifth major', his dream is to win one of the four biggest tournaments on earth and believes the Chambers Bay links course offers him every chance.
"I really feel comfortable on this golf course," Fowler said ahead of today's first round.
"I love playing links golf. I've played well in the British Open overseas. And being that I have played well in the U.S. Open, I feel like putting the two together with the links style and U.S. Open set up. This could turn out to be a great week."
The 26-year-old feels his Players Championship success in May was a step in the right direction in his quest for Major honours.
He said: "The four Majors (last year) were solid weeks. They were solid finishes. I managed to put myself in contention and put together four great rounds and end up making history with four great finishes.
"But there's a difference between a top-five and getting the job done and being the guy standing holding the trophy at the end. I definitely feel like the win at The Players was kind of the next step to holding the trophy at a Major."
Fowler will have plenty of American support when he tees up today, but there will be many from Northern Ireland too, hoping to see him deliver at Chambers Bay following his trip to the Irish Open at Royal County Down last month when he won a new set of admirers.