Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fowler looking to end cuts-missed skid at Congressional

Rickie Fowler has missed the cut in each of his last three starts, including a disappointing 11-over performance in last week's U.S. Open.

Fortunately for Fowler, missing the cut at Oakmont gave him some time over the weekend to reconnect with golf teach Butch Harmon, working on some basic fundamentals that can go awry for most any pro at any point in a season. With that work put in, Fowler needs to try to figure out Congressional Country Club, a venue he hasn't played well in the past, be it missing the cut in the 2011 U.S. Open or in this tournament.

"I've always loved the look of the golf course," Fowler said Tuesday. "Unfortunately I just haven't been able to play well here yet. It's time to change that."

The Oklahoma State product will have some inside-the-ropes support help him end this pair of skids. For the first two days, the PGA Tour has grouped Fowler with Smylie Kaufman and Justin Thomas. The three -- along with Jordan Spieth, not in the field this week -- became social-media and millennial darlings when they broadcast their post-Masters Bahamas vacation, dubbed #SB2K16, all over social media.

Fowler's been pleading for a grouping with these guys. On a week when the field isn't very strong, the PGA Tour obliged.

"It's going to be fun playing with some of our best buds," Fowler said. "I definitely think pairings where you're paired with buddies and you get to go out and feed off each other, it can definitely make a difference.

"So we're all excited about it and we just hope we're feeding off each other with birdies and get everyone going."

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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