Fowler, the flashy young American, beat world No 1 Rory McIlroy and compatriot DA Points in a playoff to clinch his maiden PGA Tour win less than a month after his friend won the Masters in a playoff.
“It was nice for me to be there on Sunday when he won the Masters and it kind of motivated me a little bit more to want to be in that situation,” said Fowler.
“I can definitely give some credit to Bubba for motivating me a bit and giving me a kind of kick in the butt to go out and get it done.”
Watson was one of the first people to congratulate Fowler after his win at the weekend, but Bubba isn’t the only motivation Fowler has to win tournaments.
“I feel like is some of the guys, like Rory and Keegan (Bradley), a lot of us keep playing well, it will just push all of us to be the best that we can be,” he said.
There has been a lot of pressure on Fowler since his arrival on the PGA Tour as a fresh-face 20-year-old, he showed a lot of promise and was quickly billed as America’s next top golfer. That was nearly three years ago and the burden on Rickie to win must have been getting immense.
According to the player himself, that extra pressure has not taken away from his enjoyment of the game.
“No, it’s been fun. It’s obviously a process and it’s not easy to win on the tour. There are a lot of great players out here, the best players in the world. But it was nice to get it last week at a very good tournament and against a very good field,” he said.
“But it has been one of the main goals that I’ve had since I turned pro – to win on the PGA Tour. I think the first one is definitely the hardest. You are either a PGA Tour winner or you aren’t.”