Rickie Fowler is on a roll. He already has seven top 10s this season and a win under his belt, at the Honda Classic. He rolls down Magnolia lane ready to compete in this year’s Masters after a solid third-place finish at last week’s Shell Houston Open.
Nice to catch up again. Last time we talked you were nearly off to Rio. What was the highlight of your Olympic experience?
Thanks — nice chatting with you again, too. The Olympics were such an amazing experience. I left with a lot of great memories, but I really do think the highlight was walking out on the course wearing the red, white, and blue and knowing I wasn’t just competing for myself. I was competing for and representing my country, my home.
Many athletes believe very deeply in luck and streaks. Are you superstitious? Do you have a good luck charm?
I definitely think there’s such a thing as luck, but I also believe in that saying that goes something like, The harder I work, the luckier I get. So I just try to focus on being as prepared as I can be every tournament, and if I catch a good bounce or two along the way, I’ll take it.
What is the tournament you want to win the most? Why?
The Masters. Hands down. That course is so challenging, and every year you know you’re going up against the best of the best. I want to know what that green jacket feels like, and I’m going to give it my all to try that bad boy on this year.
Why is the Masters special to you?
The history, the beauty of the grounds, the tradition — it’s hard to pick just one, but it’s certainly a place unlike any other, and a tournament that’s circled on my calendar every single year.
What’s the best part of coming to Augusta?
It’s hard to beat driving down Magnolia Lane. A couple months ago I filmed a video for Mercedes-Benz here where I drove a G550 SUV down Magnolia Lane. They wanted to capture different angles, so I did the drive several times, and I remember thinking, “In this ride, at this place, I’ll drive up and down as long as they want me to!”
What are the keys for you to win?
It’s really one key to multiple parts of my game, and that’s consistency — consistency off the tee, with my irons and really staying true to my form on the greens. If I can be consistent, I’m confident I’ll contend.
Pimento Cheese or Egg Salad?
(The correct answer is Pimento Cheese.)
Last time we talked, you had just gotten the Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 Coupe. Anything new in your collection?
Oh man, I’m still in love with the power of my Mercedes-AMG GT S for racing, but my latest is the G550 SUV like the one I drove down Magnolia Lane. It’s becoming one of my favorites because it’s roomy enough for my clubs and a few friends, but still so badass.
Your post-Masters spring break last year was epic. Is it back to Bakers Bay this year or something else?
[Laughs] Yeah, we had a good time. We haven’t decided what we’re going to get into yet, but we’ll have a good time wherever we go. That downtime to clear your head after such an intense tournament is always a good thing.
If you could only play one more round of golf, where would you play, and with whom would you play it?
This time of year, I really do think I’d have to go with Sunday at Augusta in the hunt for the win. There’s a lot of guys I enjoy playing with, but I’ll go with Bubba. He’s a great friend, and I think it’d be a blast going back and forth with him on such an historic stage.