Rickie Fowler admits missing out on victory in the Masters will hurt, but feels he is ready to finally claim a first major title.
Fowler finished just a shot behind Ryder Cup team-mate Patrick Reed at Augusta National after weekend rounds of 65 and 67 were not enough to overcome a slow start.
“Yeah, it’s going to hurt, but I try and look at it more as the glass being half full,” said the 27-year-old, who finished in the top five in all four majors in 2014 and was fifth in the US Open and US PGA last year.
“Obviously I want to be the one standing on top after the four rounds, but this is, if anything, a step forward and makes me feel better about going forward into our next major, the US Open.
“It’s going to be fun. I feel like this is a year to knock off our first (major). It feels a lot different [to 2014]. I am ready to go win a major, but this was kind of the first major week that I understood that and felt that.
“So I’m ready to go. I’m really looking forward to this year and the three majors that are left.
“Shinnecock [Hills, venue for the US Open] is one of my favourite golf courses in the US. I haven’t been to the other two venues [Carnoustie and Bellerive] but it should be a very good major season.”
Fowler has seen good friends Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas win majors in recent years and was among the first to congratulate Reed outside the scoring area.
“I gave it my all,” he added. “I left everything out there on the golf course. I was just a little too far back but we did everything we could. Patrick went out there and outplayed all of us this week and he earned it.
“It was fun to get that birdie at the last and at least keep him honest and make him earn it.”