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Rickie Fowler still has "work to do" to catch Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth

Rickie Fowler believes that he must win a Major if he is to be considered in the same bracket as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

America's Rickie Fowler has said that he still needs to win a Major if he is to be considered in the same bracket as fellow young guns Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

Fowler, 26, ended his three-year wait for a second PGA Tour victory at The Players Championship in May and then gave his hopes of winning this week's 144th Open at St Andrews a boost by triumphing at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open last weekend.

The recent success at Gullane Golf Club moved Fowler up to a career-high world ranking of fifth, but he insists that he is still some way behind the achievements of the world's top two, McIlroy and Spieth.

Asked how he could close the gap to Spieth and McIlroy, Fowler told reporters: "A good start would be to become a Major champion and that's something that I've always dreamed of and have wanted to accomplish.

"Jordan has been playing amazing golf and Rory has been doing that for quite some time. I do have some work to do. I need to continue winning.

"I think that's the biggest thing, and putting myself in positions to win. I can't worry about them or other players, just got to keep working hard and focus on what I need to do and take care of my business."

Last year Fowler became just the third player to finish in the top five in all four Majors but the first of those not to win any, having tied fifth at The Masters, tied second at the US Open and The Open, and tied third at the US PGA Championship.

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