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Cobra Golf’s Rickie Fowler vows to learn from hard Gleneagles lessons
Rickie Fowler admits he is ready to learn the harsh lessons dished out to him and his United States teammates following their heaviest ever defeat at Gleneagles.
The 25-year-old Cobra golfer was simply unable to cope with the likes of Rory McIlroy in his singles match on Sunday, with Tom Watson’s team eventually being well beaten 16½ -11½.
At times Fowler looked as though he was made for the sport, spraying the ball around and causing plenty of trouble for his opponents. But far too often the American’s weaknesses were exploited, and he was only able to pick up 1 ½ points in Scotland this week – although he feels those same errors will serve him well as he works hard on overcoming them in the future.
Callaway’s Phil Mickelson has been very vocal about how the United States team was set-up, hinting that Tom Watson did not understand how to beat a European team with four of the five top players in the world among its ranks.
However, Fowler does not subscribe to that, citing the issues lie solely with a lack of quality and perhaps some nerves away from home. The colourful PUMA player added that he was desperate for revenge in 2016 when the Ryder Cup comes to Hazeltine.
"Obviously we came over here to take the Ryder Cup back home but win or lose, it's been an awesome week. Some of the best players in the world, on the European team and the US team, have been here,” Fowler told Sky Sports HQ.
"It hurts a bit. We want to enjoy a win here soon. We'll see. We've got a couple of years to think about it and see what we can do at Hazeltine."
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