Fowler 'doesn't feel out of place' ahead of Sunday showdown at Augusta


Rickie Fowler feels he is "right where I'm supposed to be" after ending the third round of the Masters one shot off the lead.

Fowler will play in Sunday's penultimate group alongside Jordan Spieth after carding a 71 on 'moving day' at Augusta to reach five under, with Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia the men to catch.

Since finishing in the top five at all four majors in 2014, Fowler has failed to make a significant impression at golf's premier strokeplay events. Yet he is now in with a strong chance of slipping on the green jacket.

"From how my game feels, how I feel just about life; I feel great on the golf course," Fowler told reporters on Saturday. "It feels like I'm right where I'm supposed to be. It doesn't feel out of place. 

"Yeah, I get nervous on some shots out there. You get nervous on the first tee. But I'm settling into rounds very well. I'm thinking clearly. I'm not rushing, and it just feels good out there."

Now 28, Fowler believes he is better equipped to contend for major glory than ever before.

"As good as I feel now, all of them before haven't felt this good," he explained. "There is somewhat of a learning curve as far as the more you play, the more comfortable you do feel. 

"It's something where I've continued to feel more and more comfortable here at Augusta and I feel like that really started maybe three or four years ago. But this is definitely a different position now."

On the prospect of playing with Augusta specialist Spieth, who has yet to finish outside the top two in his Masters career, Fowler added: "I think it's a really good thing.

"He and I could potentially get off to a good start and we could really push each other. We'll try and pull the best out of one another. It's always fun when you're playing with one of your good buddies."

Fowler has spoken positively throughout the week and was asked to rate how much fun he's having on a scale of one to 10.

"Eleven and a half," he replied. "This is a special place. I love any chance I get to come here. Even when we're playing in tough conditions Thursday, Friday. It's just a fun golf course to play.

"It's so different depending on where the pins are at or what the wind is doing or what the conditions are. We've been having a blast this week."