Rickie reflects on 2014 goals

On the eve of teeing off another season, Rickie Fowler reflects on his goals for 2014.

The American achieved most of his goals this year. Firstly, he wanted to make it through to the FedEx Cup playoffs and he reached the Tour Championships for the second time. Then he wanted make the US Ryder Cup team, which he did so easily, qualifying in second place.

Fowler also wanted to be a contender in all the Majors, which he with aplomb, equaling Tiger Woods’ and Jack Nicklaus’ record by finishing in the top five in all four of them. Finally, he wanted to notch up a victory, but that has eluded him since the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012.

“It’s tough, because I really wanted to win,” said the 25-year-old on sports.yahoo.com.

“But the goals going into the year, I took care of everything except for getting the win. If I would have won, it would have been almost too perfect knocking off all my goals.

“So it gives me something to build on, and hopefully I can have a season in the near future where I check off all the boxes. This year, I just left one unchecked.”

Fowler will tee off on Thursday amongst a top flight field at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China. The event has duel meaning, as it is the start of the PGA Tour season and the second of the final four tournaments that end the European season.

“It’s the first event of the year for me, which sounds weird since we’re at the end of 2014,” added the Californian, who has not played a competitive round since the US team lost at Gleneagles.

“Coming into the season a little bit differently than I did last year. Last year I was looking to kind of turn the corner, get things started, go and contend in majors – and did just that. So this year is a little different outlook, I would have to say after last year.

“I’m looking forward to building on my performances, and it’s a great way to start here with a great field at the HSBC Champions.”