One of the enduring questions in golf concerns when Rickie Fowler will finally win a Major championship.
Eight top five finishes in those big tournaments, including a best finish of sole second at this year’s Masters have teased both the fans and Fowler himself.
The American’s chances at Carnoustie next week look pretty good though, judging by his showing in the opening two rounds of this week’s Scottish Open.
Yesterday’s opening round of 64, which included five birdies and an eagle, left Fowler just one shot off overnight leader Luke List.
Playing on Friday afternoon, the 29-year-old shot a second round 66 to lie on -10, just three shots off Robert Rock heading into the weekend at Gullane Golf Club.
A blemish-free front nine saw the Californian make the turn on -2, including a 20 footer for birdie on the ninth. That was followed by a sensational effort from the tee on the 12th hole that almost led to a hole-in-one.
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A bogey immediately after would curtail his momentum, but he gained a further two shots on 14 and 16 to finish the day on -10 and 4th overall. Fowler won the Scottish Open the last time it was held at Gullane in 2015, but he would only go on to finish 30th the week after at St Andrews.
His more consistent form this year bodes well for his chances next week, however.
As for the Irish, only Graeme McDowell has made it to the weekend, as he bids to qualify for The 2018 Open Championship.
The Ulsterman is in the top 40 on -5, with rounds of 66 and 69 in the bag. While he’s a long way back from the lead, Hideto Tanihara’s course record second round of 61 shows that very low rounds around this East Lothian track are possible.
Because of that good scoring, the cut mark was pegged at -4, meaning that although Paul Dunne played well to post -3 after two rounds of 67 and 70, it wasn’t enough to make the cut.
Open Championship winners Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington also missed out, on level par and +4 respectively. But by virtue of winning the event, the duo will be at Carnoustie next week.
Other notable names to miss the cut include Matt Kuchar (-3), Ross Fisher (-2), Rafael Cabrera Bello and Phil Mickelson (both -1).
Tyrrell Hatton and Jens Dantorp are the closest challengers to Robert Rock on -11.