PINEHURST, N.C. — Rickie Fowler will have to wait for another chance at his first major championship.
The 25-year-old Fowler tied for second Sunday in the U.S. Open, finishing with a 2-over 72 for a 1-under 279 total at Pinehurst No. 2. Fowler and Erik Compton ended up eight strokes behind runaway winner Martin Kaymer.
Fowler played in the final group in a major for the first time in his career, though it was his second straight strong finish in golf's biggest events this year. He tied for fifth at the Masters.
Starting five shots behind Kaymer, Fowler got into trouble early, with a double-bogey on the 4th hole. However, he rallied with a birdie on the 5th and made a bunch of quality putts that just missed the hole. Afterward, Fowler sounded pleased with his progress.
"You can't get ahead of yourself, you have to stay patient, have to stay in the moment and keep going through the process," Fowler said. "With guys that are playing well, there's young guys playing well and obviously Bubba with two green jackets. And it's fun to see, but I also want to be in that position at some point. It's going to happen."
Fowler talked about how the work he's done on his swing with new coach Butch Harmon is starting to pay off.
"It's just I keep going through the process and keep putting myself in the position and with the goal coming into this year with working with Butch and getting ready for Augusta and getting ready to contend in Majors and we have accomplished our goal on that," Fowler said. "We're going to continue to do this and keep my game progressing the right way and it's just a matter of time."
Fowler is still chasing his second PGA Tour victory. He said he is finally beginning to feel comfortable with the swing changes he's been working on with Harmon, even though there are some moments of regression.
"Well it's still always ongoing," Fowler said. "There's still times where I don't feel great over the ball and I wouldn't say it's so much on the swing changes, everything's pretty ingrained and everything feels really natural to me. It's more just trusting it, going through the process, making sure I feel comfortable about hitting the golf shot and then going and doing it. So I'm going to continue to work with Butch and we're going to keep working on making my golf swing better and better."
The social-media savvy pro also had a spirited conversation with his friend Compton on Sunday night.
— Erik Compton (@ErikCompton3) June 16, 2014
.@ErikCompton3 bring it on!! Awesome week bro!!
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) June 16, 2014