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Rickie Fowler is fully engaged in quest for his first major title as US Open begins Thursday

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - This place had no special significance to Rickie Fowler until last week. That's when the world's seventh-ranked golfer got engaged on Southampton Beach, a short distance from Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, which will play host to the U.S. Open this week.

"Well, nothing against the area," Fowler said on a rainy Wednesday at Shinnecock. "There was nothing planned out. I just really didn't want to carry the ring around any longer."

Starting Thursday, Fowler would like to unburden himself of something else - the label of being the world's best golfer who has yet to win a major championship. He has finished in the

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