Rickie Fowler entered the 2011 British Open without a single PGA Tour win, but his strong play on Saturday has some wondering if he might be able to repeat a bit of history at Royal St. George's.
Fowler made good use of calmer weather in the final several holes of his third round on Saturday to finish on a high note, making three birdies in his last six holes to polish off a 2-under 68 that bested every other player in the field by three strokes. Fowler also moved to 2-under for the tournament, putting him well within striking distance of leader Darren Clarke.
Fowler, often tabbed as one of America's brightest rising stars, could repeat Ben Curtis' feat from the 2003 British Open with a win on Sunday. Curtis won at Royal St. George's eight years ago, and claimed his first PGA Tour victory in that major.
Fowler has been forecast by some to do a bit more with his career than Curtis has. But one would be hard-pressed to find a better first PGA Tour trophy than the Claret Jug.
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