Fowler says more Americans ready to try luck abroad

Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:35am EST
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By Matt Smith

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Rickie Fowler, making his Middle East debut at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship this week, expects more Americans to expand their horizons and compete abroad.

The 26-year-old, still waiting for his first major after several near misses, carded an opening round 67 on Thursday as he clearly found the course to his liking.

Fowler is also set to play the Scottish and Irish Opens this year as he prepares for another crack at the British Open, having pushed Rory McIlroy close at Royal Liverpool last year, eventually finishing runner-up to the Northern Irishman.

His love of links golf has endeared Fowler to British crowds but many established U.S. players prefer their lucrative domestic circuit, showing little desire to play elsewhere.

A new generation of American golfers seem keener to try their luck abroad, however.

"With a lot of the top players in the world being young guys, we're excited to travel," Fowler told reporters.

"You usually get a couple free days in the week and it's fun to see new places. I enjoy different cultures, eating different food. You have to be open minded when you're traveling the world."

The last two winners of Europe's Rookie of the Year award have been Americans – Brooks Koepka in 2014 and Peter Uihlein in 2013.   Continued...