Fowler ready to get to grips with Florida test

Rickie Fowler (60/1 – Tournament Outright) says he’s “excited” about this week’s Honda Classic after incorporating changes to his grip into his game in a bid to be more competitive.

The American’s last professional title came three years ago when he picked up the Waste Management Phoenix Open crown but he will be attempting to end that winless run when he starts his Honda Classic bid later on Thursday.

The 33-year-old, who is 80/1 to win the Masters in April, says he has been working on changes to his grip, which he says were vital in order for him to improve his game, and he’s looking forward to getting out on the course.

He said: “I’m excited about this week. A couple weeks ago had to work on some big grip changes. My left-hand grip was getting a little too weak for where I need to be to kind of swing and play the way I want to play.”

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Fowler, who ended up with a score of seven-over-par that saw him end in a tie for 65th in this tournament last year, admits he has had to get his head round the changes he’s made going into the event in Palm Beach, Florida.

He added: (It’s been) more of a mental battle to go ahead and trust that the ball was actually going to go straight and not 40 yards left.”

Fowler is among a stellar field for the Honda Classic, which includes Sungai Im (12/1 – Tournament Outright), Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen, with the action set to run until Sunday.

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