RICKIE FOWLER will be defending his one and only US PGA Tour title this week when the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship gets underway at the Quail Hollow Golf Club.
Last year the 24 year old American defeated 2010 champion Rory McIlroy and 2013 tour winner D.A. Point in a playoff and all could feature prominently again.
Like Fowler, McIlroy’s win three years ago was also his maiden US win but he has since gone on to six total PGA TOUR victories, including two majors and a four-win campaign last year.
With swing and gear issues this year the Northern Irishman had a less than stellar Masters and is still searching for his first win in 2013.
“My game at The Masters was good, I just had a bad stretch of holes which put me out of the tournament,” McIlroy said this week. “If I eliminated that, it would have been a different story. But I’m happy with where my game’s at. As you say, that little bit of spark, that little bit of momentum to maybe get on a run like I got on at the end of last year would be nice, but I’m being patient with it and just waiting for the right time.”
Australia already has a win on the tour this year of course, but we wouldn’t mind another – particularly just a week out from the unofficial fifth Major, The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass.
Aussie golfers lining up this week include Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Steven Bowditch, Geoff Ogilvy, Scott Gardiner, Matt Jones, Cameron Percy, Alistair Presnell, John Senden, Nathan Green, Peter Lonard, Nick O’Hern, Rod Pampling.
Local television coverage of the event is on Fox Sports 2 beginning Friday 5am – 9am.
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