2011 US Open Preview: Rickie Fowler Needs to Sieze the Opportunity

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IJune 6, 2011

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 02:  Ricky Fowler hits his tee shot on the par 4 18th hole during the first round of The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 2, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Rickie Fowler has been one of those young names on the golf radar since he burst onto tour with his vibrant colors and laid back personality.  

His surfer like mentality and hair-cut are not appreciated by some of the older fans of golf, but he is bringing a new style into the game. Golfers come and go, and if Rickie Fowler wants to stay put on top of the golf scene, he needs to have a breakthrough tournament and what better place to do that than the US Open?

With the recent inconsistency in the professional golf world, now would be the perfect time for Fowler to step up and win a big tournament.

After his decent play at this past weekends Memorial Tournament, Fowler has some serious momentum heading into the US Open.

The flashy young star in the making could use this wide-open tournament to really break out into one of the biggest golfers on the planet.

With the recent trend of new winners on tour, do not be surprised to see Rickie Fowler finally breaks out and wins an event.

With victory eluding Fowler for the past few years, it is about time for him to come out with a flash, and I don't just mean his orange Sunday attire. 

This event is important to Fowler as it is a major event that fits his style well. If he wishes to stay in the spotlight on the PGA tour, he needs to come up with a victory. 

It would be just fitting that one of the flashiest golfers on tour made the most noise this season on the PGA Tour by winning one of the biggest events in golf. 

It is do or die for Fowler in the next 12 months and what he does will determine his career from here on out.  

Look for Rickie to have a huge US Open and burst into the homes of millions of golf fans.


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