LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Close, but no majors.
At least so far.
Rickie Fowler gets one more chance to change that this season heading into the weekend at the PGA Championship. The 25-year-old, fast-rising tour star has the unusual distinction of having finished in the top five at the three previous majors — the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open — something last accomplished by Tiger Woods in 2005.
Fowler was tied for fourth at 7 under Friday, trailing leader Rory McIlroy by two shots. Asked whether he could pinpoint one thing that might get him over the hump this time, Fowler replied, to some chuckles, "Not exactly.
"If I had figured that out," he added, "maybe I would have won the last two majors. ... It's been a lot of fun to go through each one, come out and reflect. And it feels like I've gotten better at each one and more comfortable very time."
His majors campaign got off to a good start at Augusta, where Fowler tied for fifth behind winner Bubba Watson. Fowler went off in the final pairing at both the U.S. and British Opens, but failed to put any real pressure on eventual champions Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy and wound up runner-up in both.
In fairness, Kaymer began that Sunday with a five-shot lead and McIlroy with a six-shot cushion.