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Rickie Fowler upbeat despite falling short at U.S. Open

Rickie Fowler upbeat despite falling short at U.S. Open

As Rickie Fowler’s tee shot soared into the first fairway Sunday, a man yelled: “Let’s go, Rickie! Do it today, baby!”

Fowler did birdie that first hole but could get little going beyond that. His even-par 72 left him in a familiar spot, in search of his first major championship.

Yet Fowler remained Mr. Positive.

“I feel like I'm playing at the highest level,” Fowler said. “If you look at the negatives too much, I mean, you're going to be stuck doing that the whole time.

“You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, because that doesn't happen a whole lot. I think Tiger (Woods) had the best winning percentage of all time at 30%, and you're...

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