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Ryder Cup: Rickie Fowler hoping US are a cut above

Rickie Fowler has dismissed accusations of brashness over his much-discussed Ryder Cup haircut.

The in-form American arrived in Scotland for the match against Europe at Gleneagles with 'USA' shaved into his hair.

Fowler said: "I'm just myself. I'm not trying to be anyone else. I'm not trying to fit in any particular way. I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings or turn anyone the wrong way.

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"I'm just proud to be from the USA and be over here playing the Ryder Cup. If people take it the wrong way, it's too bad for them, it's unfortunate."

Fowler, who was speaking at his pre-event press conference, was inevitably also asked about his friendship and rivalry with world number one and European linchpin Rory McIlroy.

Ulsterman McIlroy last week announced his charitable foundation would host the 2015 Irish Open at Royal County Down.

"I'm really trying to work that into the schedule," Fowler said.

"Royal County Down is probably my favourite golf course in the world.

"It's a special place and I would love to play there next year."

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