Fowler happy with 3M start

23 July 2021 21:33:08 GMTPlus10

Rickie Fowler is confident he is finally getting to grips with his game after he shot a seven-under-par 64 to take the joint lead at the 3M Open.

Fowler is 4001.00 to claim the title at TPC Twin Cities after sharing the lead alongside Jhonattan Vegas and Troy Merritt.

I'm really just focusing on things we've been working on, playing more consistent good golf

Rickie Fowler

The six-time PGA Tour winner has slipped out of the world's top 100 but a strong performance in Minnesota would boost his chances of reaching the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

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Fowler started the week at 124th in the FedEx standings and the top 125 will have the chance to line up in the first round at the Northern Trust.

There were signs of improvement at Royal St George's last week when, despite finishing 53rd at the Open, the 2015 Players champion shot a closing 65.

And Fowler is hopeful that performance, and his first round this week, will help him scale the rankings after dropping almost 50 places since the turn of the year.

He said: "Coming off Sunday at The Open there was a lot of good stuff there and I drove it a lot better. That was something that was kind of holding me back from making birdies and I drove it very poorly Friday and Saturday.

"I know where I'm at, what we need to do and stuff like that. I'm really just focusing on things we've been working on, playing more consistent good golf."

He added: "More days like today and things will be fine. I'll try and keep things simple and small, focus on the day to day and go from there."

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