Would it be unreasonable to suggest the vast majority of golf fans were hoping Rickie Fowler would win the US Open?
The golfer had a bright start to his PGA Tour career, winning coveted events such as the Players at TPC Sawgrass.
He's even been involved in multiple US Ryder Cup sides. The only thing missing for Fowler was winning a major championship.
That is not to say that he hasn't had his chances, but he's always come up agonisingly short.
Fowler hasn't been spoken about much in the last few years as he took a dramatic tumble down the OWGR.
But this season his hard work after being reunited with Butch Harmon now appears to be paying off somewhat.
The 34-year old got off to a blazing start at the 2023 US Open, shooting a course record of 62 on the opening day.
| Rickie Fowler posts an opening round of 8-under 62 at Los Angeles Country Club.— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) June 15, 2023
Ten birdies. Two bogeys.
The lowest round in US Open history. pic.twitter.com/X0Qb3vlQe0
He kept himself in contention and after 54 holes he shared the lead with eventual champion Wyndham Clark.
It really didn't go to plan for Fowler during the final round and eventually Fowler finished fifth after making bogey at his 72nd hole.
There is absolutely no denying that the world of men's professional golf has been fractured owing to the PGA Tour/LIV Golf beef.
Fowler made it clear he was torn over the decision to join LIV Golf. That being said, his popularity has never wavered.
But one person isn't a fan. That would be Skip Bayless, known for his controversial views.
He went after Fowler in the immediate aftermath of his latest disappointment:
Rickie Fowler, leader through 3 rds, comes up small again, failing to close deal on 1st major. I'm sorry, but I've never understood how Rickie Fowler became golf's most popular player w the most TV ads. Kids can better relate to him bc he's smaller? Not charismatic. Don't get it.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 19, 2023
What did Fowler say about his US Open heartbreak?
Fowler told the media he 'just didn't have it', but was sure to look at the bigger picture.
He told the media:
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