Fowler positive over final step

10 April 2018 06:25:59 EST

Rickie Fowler believes he is close to finally getting over the line and claiming his first Major title, following another near miss at the Masters at Augusta.

The 29-year-old American finished one shot behind champion Patrick Reed at the weekend, having come close to breaking his Major duck with a superb closing round of 67, which earned him second place outright.

I feel like this is a year to knock off the first.

Rickie Fowler

Fowler now has eight top-five finishes to his name at Majors and believes he has learned even more about how to take the final step during his four rounds at the Augusta National.

He told the Washington Post: "I am ready to go win a Major, but this was kind of the first week that I have understood that and known that and felt that.

"I gave it my all. I left everything on the golf course. It's going to hurt, but I try and look at things more as glass-half-full.

"Obviously, I want to be the one standing on top after the four rounds, but this is, if anything, it's a step forward and makes me feel better about going forward into the next Major - I feel like this is a year to knock off the first."

Three of Fowler's top-five finishes have come in his last four Major outings, having ended in a tie for fifth place at both the US Open and the USPGA Championship last year, before starting 2018 with another strong performance.

Fowler can be backed at 18/1 to win the US Open at Shinnecock Hills this year, with Masters champion Reed priced at 33/1 and world number one Dustin Johnson available at 9/1.

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