Fowler set for 'whole new day'

17 October 2021 20:08:43 GMTPlus11
Rickie Fowler has found some form

World number 128 Rickie Fowler says he has been pleased with his performance over 54 holes and is hoping to keep the momentum going after opening up a two-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round of the CJ Cup.

The 32-year-old shot a blemish-free nine-under-par 63 on Saturday to move onto -21 for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, and the American is 1001.00 to clinch his sixth PGA Tour title.

Fowler suffered lengthy low

It has been a long couple of years for Fowler, who has not tasted success since the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, but he holds the 54-hole lead for the first time in 987 days and he will be hoping to hold his nerve at The Summit Club on Sunday.

The Californian, who had missed back-to-back cuts prior to this tournament, has been happy with how he has played so far, although he knows there are still another 18 holes remaining and he must remain focused.

It's 18 holes of golf tomorrow and a whole new day.

Rickie Fowler

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"It was just a solid round of golf today," Fowler said, as quoted by Sky Sports. "I started with two solid rounds the first two days, so three days are done.

"I can't do anything about that, it's 18 holes of golf tomorrow and a whole new day.

"When you're in those low points, there's times when you wonder like am I ever going to be back in that position."

McIlroy strikes late

Fowler will be chased down on Sunday by world number 14 McIlroy, who made an eagle at the 18th hole on Saturday to card a 10-under-par 62 and move on to -19 for the tournament.

Mexican Abraham Ancer, American Robert Streb and Australian Adam Scott are in a three-way tie for third on -18, three shots off the pace, while Keith Mitchell and Tyrrell Hatton are a further stroke adrift on -17.

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