Will there be orange at Augusta? Rickie is the Master of his destiny

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Pink dogwood, pink azaleas, white firethorn, Tiger red and Fowler orange – just some of the colours of Augusta National.

If orange is to be part of the Masters tapestry this year then Rickie Fowler needs to produce a performance this week at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin Texas.

Currently 59th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Fowler needs to advance to the quarter-finals to break back into the world’s top-50 and book a spot in the Masters for the first time since 2020.

The task is far from ideal having been drawn in the same bracket as world number two Jon Rahm, 2021 champion Billy Horschel and the extremely solid Keith Mitchell.

“I knew I needed to come here and play well. I wasn’t sure of exactly what I needed to do,” said Fowler who has two top-5 finishes at the Masters.

“The nice thing with the kind of world rankings and what’s coming off, really, anything I do that puts points on the board is only going to move me up from here moving forward.

“So, yeah, I mean, my short-term goal is to obviously get myself back in Augusta. If that doesn’t happen, we’re going to continue to move forward and be in a good position.”

Fowler has seen a resurgence in his game having plummeted to 160th in the world. Since, he has picked up three top-10s this season and arrives following a 13th place finish at the PLAYERS Championship.

“It’s definitely been a lot better being able to kind of build some momentum and ultimately build some confidence. The last few weeks I really haven’t felt that great with the swing. But what I’ve been able to get out of those weeks shows a little bit more state of the game and how I’m feeling. I’m doing a lot better of being able to salvage what’s maybe a poor round or a poor week and kind of turning those into better than where they have been, whether they’re a missed cut or finishing in the back of the pack.”

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