'Your Mom Was With You. She'd Be Very Proud' - Fowler Sends Classy Message To US Open Winner Clark

Despite losing out to Wyndham Clark in the final round of the US Open, Rickie Fowler showed how much of a class act he is with a message to his close friend on the 18th green

Wyndham Clark and Rickie Fowler hug on the 18th green
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Although Rickie Fowler came up shy at the US Open, he can take a lot of positives from his week at Los Angeles Country Club, with the American back in the Major contention picture and, in the process, picking up his best result in the top-four tournaments since the 2018 Masters.

Finishing in a share of fifth, it was only the final day that let the 34-year-old down, with Fowler finishing five shots back of eventual winner and good friend, Wyndham Clark, who fired a level-par score on Sunday to pick up a first Major title and one shot victory over World No.3 Rory McIlroy.

Speaking after his final round 75, Fowler stated: "I told him (Clark) obviously congrats and proud of him, him being a guy that was at Oklahoma State. He obviously didn't finish there. He went to Oregon to finish up, but he's still a Cowboy.

"We had a good time the last two days. I feel like we both enjoy going out and chatting throughout the round and keeping it fairly -- try and keep things light, but it's still a Major in the final group the last two days. Then yeah, the last -- I went back in there and just said, your mom was with you. She'd be very proud."

10 years ago, Clark lost his mother following a lengthy battle with breast cancer, with the American visibly emotional as he celebrated his US Open victory on Sunday. “I know my mom is proud of me," Clark stated after his final round. "She's always been proud of me, regardless of how I'm doing or what I'm doing. I just wish she could be here and we could enjoy this.”

Although Fowler missed out on Major glory he remains positive following this week and, with a stacked run-in culminating in a Ryder Cup in September, the American has certainly put his name amongst the favourites to make it to Marco Simone in just three months time.

"I definitely think we're heading the right direction," claimed Fowler. "It's been nice to be back and have chances in tournaments or at least getting solid finishes and turning weeks that maybe not having my best stuff and maybe finish top 20 or top 10 or whatever it may be.

"Like I've mentioned before, I feel like I get more out of those weeks knowing that when I do have my good stuff, I know I can go in and go toe to toe with anyone. We had a lot of good stuff this week. Unfortunately today we just couldn't get it going. The last 10, 12 months has been great. I'm heading the right direction, and we're still going forward and up."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x