Fowler aims for Major breakthrough in eighth Masters

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Rickie Fowler believes that his game and mind are in good shape as he seeks a Major breakthrough in his eighth Masters appearance this week.

“I’ve been fortunate to be in contention here a couple of times. It’s about time we have a real shot,” said Fowler, who finished T11 at Augusta National last year.

“I think we put ourselves in a great position last year. I didn’t have the back nine that I wanted but it’s fun to be in the mix when the wind starts to die down and it starts to get really quiet and then you get the loud roars,” added the popular American.

Fowler, 29, has chalked up eight Top 10s in 32 Major starts to far, including two runner-up finishes in 2014 at the US and British Opens. His best Masters finish of T5 also came in that season.

“This being my eighth Masters, I have plenty of experience and know how to play the golf course – it’s just about piecing it together. I think it’s more of a mental challenge than a physical challenge this week,” he said. “The last couple of weeks I’ve been working on stuff to make sure that we’re ready to go and everything’s been trending the right direction.

“I need to make sure I’m in the right frame of mind and trust what we’re trying to do and not second‑guess anything. If I’m able to do that, really commit to the line and the swings, then it’s going to be a good week.”

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