| ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 18
ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 18 There was no
missing Rickie Fowler at the British Open on Sunday as the
American's electrifying golf was matched only by his head-to-toe
bright orange outfit.
"Not many people wear orange so it's a good way to stand out
a bit," the 21-year-old told reporters after signing off for a
five-under 67 at the Old Course to finish four-under for the
With his hair peaking out from underneath his cap, Fowler
was a vision in orange. Baseball cap, shirt, belt, trousers,
shoes, even his watch did not escape the visual overload.
But there is so much more to the Fowler game than his
Reality bit hard with an opening 79 at St Andrews but he
soon got to grips with the nuances required for success here and
signed off with a stunning four-birdie run in the last six
holes, a feat matched by few this week.
He prompted one of the biggest roars of the day on Sunday
when from the front of the 17th green he drained a 120-foot putt
for a rare birdie at the revered 'Road' hole.
"That's the longest putt I've ever made," he grinned.
The world number 37's flowing hair was even tinged with a
hint of orange, but his outfit was a tribute to his old school
rather than a fashion competition with equally colourful fellow
American John Daly, who sported stars and stripes trousers for
his final round.
"I played college golf at Oklahoma State, school colours are
orange and black," Fowler said proudly, though you had to look
hard to find the darker colour.
"I guess there's a little bit," he added, showing part of
his shoes to reporters.
Fowler, who turned pro last year and is in his maiden PGA
Tour season, is within reach of an amazing Ryder Cup debut in
October if his good form persists.
"That's my main goal right now," he said of the Oct. 1-3
match between the United States and Europe in Wales which
Fowler's compatriots will be defending after their 2008 triumph.
"When I first turned pro I wasn't thinking about the Ryder
Cup but then it started to get into the back of my mind.
"It can't be a long list," he added when asked how many
players have made their debut in the famous biennial competition
so soon after turning pro.
Fowler made the giant leap last year and in 2010 has racked
up two second-place finishes and five top 10s to leave him 17th
in the Ryder Cup standings.
The top eight are guaranteed a place, but if his good outing
at St Andrews is anything to go by then Fowler should save U.S.
captain Corey Pavin a headache and qualify by right.
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