Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee marveled over the ball-striking show Rickie Fowler placed on Thursday within the first spherical of the U.S. Open at Pebble Seaside, however he puzzled if Fowler’s flat swing makes it harder for him to win a serious.
Fowler opened with a 5-under-par 66, one shot behind the chief, Justin Rose.
“What he did at present, I’d dare say, was one thing we could by no means see once more,” Chamblee mentioned on “Dwell From the U.S. Open”. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it. He led the sector in driving accuracy, and he was second in driving distance. He led the sector in greens in regulation.
“It was sensible. He averaged 321 yards off the tee lacking only one fairway.”
Chamblee, nonetheless, mentioned he believes Fowler’s flat swing could be the motive he has struggled to interrupt via and win his first main. Fowler, 30, is making his 39th begin in a serious. He has eight finishes of T-5 or higher in majors with three of these second-place finishes.
“Why his path to a serious championship victory has to come back from the green is as a result of, not like a number of the gamers we’ve talked about, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose or Tiger Woods, who’ve been good out of the tough on the best way to successful main championships, that is the place Rickie Fowler struggles,” Chamblee mentioned. “He has a really flat golf swing. As a matter of truth, perhaps the flattest golf swing I’ve ever seen. Actually, the flattest on the PGA Tour. Subsequently, a really shallow angle of assault with a bit of flip.”
Fowler ranked 168th on the PGA Tour in proximity to the opening from the tough two seasons in the past, 151st final season, and he’s 132nd to date this season.
“You want to have the ability to dig it out of the tough at main championships, the place it’s a bit of thicker than in common tour occasions,” Chamblee mentioned. “He usually hasn’t been excellent out of the tough.”