Fowler's need for speed

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Adventurous American Ricky Fowler has revealed he might one day toss his golf clubs into the boot of a high-powered racing car to test his nerve at crazy speeds.

Fowler hopes to be charging up the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola leaderboard at the RACV Royal Pines resort on the Gold Coast this weekend.

But in an interview prior to his opening round , the colourful 24 year-old Californian -- with a passion for dirt bike racing -- , admitted he’d already given thought to swapping his clubs for a helmet and turning his hand to driving fast cars after golf.

“Down the road I definitely see myself being a little more involved in spending some time in the seat and driving and seeing where that takes me,” he said.

“Whether that’s down here (Australia) racing V8s, or back in the US racing at Le Mans.

“Who knows it could be fun.”

Fowler accepts he’ll need to have his golf swing at high revs to keep pace with local crowd favourite Adam Scott, playing his first Australian tournament as US Masters champion on Thursday.

Fowler, who beat Irishman Rory McIlroy for his first victory on the USPGA in the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012, said he would be prepared to follow Scott’s patient path to a Masters win.

“I watched it (Scott’s win) on TV, I wasn’t out there in person,” said Fowler, aiming to be the first American to win the Joe Kirkwood Cup since compatriot Hale Irwin at Royal Melbourne 35 years ago.

Scott broke Australia’s longest golfing hoodoo winning the US Masters at his 12th start at Augusta earlier this year aged 33.

Fowler is a decade younger with plenty of time on his side.

“I mean, if I have wait that long, so be it,” he said. I’ll wait as long as I have to for a Green jacket..

“It was a special moment for Adam. Seeing him make that putt on 18 and then going to a play-off, you could see how much it meant to him.”

PGA Championship organisers have declared Friday ‘Wear Green for Adam Scott Day’ giving sports fans the chance to show their pride in Scott’s historic achievement.

“The whole of Australia was buzzing with excitement following Adam’s momentous victory at Augusta National in April,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia.

“This will be Adam’s first tournament back on Australian soil and, with the tournament being played in his hometown of the Gold Coast, we wanted to provide a welcome home befitting his achievement whilst also giving fans the chance to celebrate.”

Wayne Heming is a respected journalist who has covered major sporting events in Australia and overseas for more than 40 years.