Rickie Fowler shows form to shake off nearly-man label

Rickie Fowler shows form to shake off nearly-man label

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Much was made in the build-up to the 99th US PGA Championship of a young superstar returning to the scene of his first PGA Tour success and riding that wave of feel-good all the way to a major.

Yet the identity of that protagonist could well prove to be Rickie Fowler and not Rory McIlroy. Two years after McIlroy broke his US duck at Quail Hollow, Fowler did the same, actually beating his Northern Irish friend in a play-off at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship. Since then, Fowler has been described as a major winner in waiting, but although he has put himself in position on numerous occasions, it has still not happened.

A second-round 70 for a three-under total at the halfway point will…



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