Rickie Fowler has his priorities in order. One day before the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship begins, Fowler said that he would prefer winning a major to snagging an Olympic gold medal this year, no questions asked, The Scotsman reports.
Fowler’s comments echo other pros’ over the past few months. Because golf has not been included as an Olympic sport in over a century, where the Olympics fits among the sport’s most prestigious events remains to be seen. It’s an issue that may take years to settle.
Fowler was also asked whether he’d rather take home a Ryder Cup victory or a major, and that was a harder question that he didn’t quite answer. “That one’s tough,” he said. “We want the Ryder Cup. I know the guys are fired up about that and it is definitely a goal.”
Despite his hedging, Fowler has his eyes on the prize. He’s come close to winning a major before, and he’s hungry to prove that he belongs in the same bracket as Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.
“I may not be ranked as high as either Jordan or Rory,” he said, “but a major would be a huge step in the right direction and help me become a solid part of the talk about the younger generation of guys stepping up and becoming the best players in the world.”