Rickie Fowler out to impress in exalted company at HSBC Championship

• Fowler to play alongside Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi
• ‘It would be fun if it brings the best out in all of us,’ says world No6

It does not require Hercule Poirot to determine where the focus will be during the opening two days of the HSBC Championship. The grouping of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy should at least ensure peace and quiet for the other 123 members of the field.

The draw and billboards in the Middle East place Fowler alongside Spieth and McIlroy but a lack of major success for the 27-year-old Californian leaves him on the outside looking in. While Spieth and McIlroy will be aiming to put down a marker for the year ahead, Fowler wants to assert his intentions.

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