Rickie Fowler showed up at the Scottish Open media day with an old friend, his mustache. We were never sure if Fowler would bring it back or if he has just gotten lazy with the razor.
Speaking of blasts from the past, the last time the Scottish Open was held at Gullane Fowler was the one walking away with the trophy.
“I mean, this golf course, I definitely enjoyed it from the first time I played it,” Fowler said in his press conference on Wednesday. “It’s a fairly straightforward, links golf course. Not many blind shots. It’s kind of right in front of you and I feel like we’ve got a good variety of conditions last year as far as a couple days where it blew pretty good, and [I] definitely remember the stretch I had coming in.
“I love playing links golf,” Fowler added. “I feel like it tends to bring the best out of me and I feel like I hit a lot more solid golf shots because I’m kind of focused on where I want to start the ball and how I want the ball to flight. I feel like for me, it helps me create a lot better picture of exactly what I’m trying to do with it.”
Fowler is one of the more creative golfers on tour when it comes to shaping shots and giving the ball good flight into greens with difficult pin locations.
This tournament has been a gateway for players like Fowler to prepare for the tests links golf will present in the Open Championship following this week. Phil Mickelson was the first to start using the Scottish Open as a strategic way to prep for The Open.
“I feel like a few guys have definitely tried it,” Fowler said. “It may not be for everyone. But I feel like since Phil has started to come play over here a lot and in The Scottish Open the week prior.
“Like I said, it’s not for everyone. I find it beneficial. Some guys may like to stay home, practice, or just get over a few days earlier. Maybe get in Friday, Saturday, and get in some looks at Carnoustie.”
Speaking of Carnoustie, Fowler had the chance to play it this week. In his press conference, Fowler noted that the course was playing firm and fast since it was dried out. Additionally, the winds weren’t dictating his ball flight. Fowler knows both of those factors could change by next week which is why he was only concerned with getting ‘the lay of the land’.