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Rickie Fowler unflustered in pursuit of maiden major

Rickie Fowler said he is unconcerned by his major drought heading to the PGA Championship, choosing to believe his process will deliver him one imminently.

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Rickie Fowler unflustered in pursuit of maiden major play

Rickie Fowler unflustered in pursuit of maiden major

(Omni Sports)

Rickie Fowler said he is unconcerned by his major drought heading to the PGA Championship, choosing to believe his process will deliver him one imminently.

After he joined exclusive company in Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in finishing in the top five of all four majors in a calendar year - achieving that feat in 2014 - Fowler's efforts at the big tournaments in 2015 have been comparatively disappointing.

He tied for 12th at the Masters, cut at the U.S. Open and tied for 30th at The Open.

Coming into the PGA Championship in very solid form - he finished outright second at the Quicken Loans National, and tied for 10th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Fowler said he is investing in his process, not pot luck, when it comes to securing an elusive major title.

"No, not concerned at all," Fowler told a news conference on Tuesday.

"It's been great to get the two wins this year, getting the win at The Players, basically the best field that we play against all year and a great win... getting the win on a links course at the Scottish Open.

"And to win the way I did, making birdies coming in, definitely made it that much better.

"[It's] just all building kind of a process into winning a major. So this wouldn't be a bad week to start that."

Fowler, 26, said his wins in May (The Players) and July (Scottish Open) have eased the major pressure slightly.

"There would probably be more pressure if I hadn't won this year," he added.

"I came into the year just focusing on getting a win wherever it might be.

"And to be sitting here with two wins so far this year, definitely been a successful year, but ultimately it would be nice to have a major championship on the resume.

"Like I was just saying, this would be a great week to start that, but... I definitely don't want to push myself or try and make things happen too much."

With the year's final major returning to Whistling Straits for the first time since 2010, talk has reverted to Dustin Johnson's fatal mistake on his 72nd hole.

Johnson held a one-shot lead, but unintentionally grounded his club in a bunker - of which there are 976 in 2015 - but Fowler said the point has been well and truly made to the players so as to avoid a repeat.

Johnson was handed a two-shot penalty, costing him a spot in the play-off - won by Martin Kaymer.

"I've seen a couple of messages, whether it's through the locker room, social media," Fowler said.

"I've been told everything - all sandy areas are bunkers.

"So I'll be sure to make sure that either we'll just stay out of all those areas, if possible; and if we get in there, we'll make sure everything is done properly."

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