Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Next One
I know what you are thinking; "Who's the halfy in the bonnet?". Well, since you asked the halfy in the bonnet is Rickie Fowler, and he is going to be the next great golfer in the PGA. Also, I don't care for your racial epithets. After the first round at Torrey Pines this week, Fowler is only two strokes back from the lead. What better place for Fowler to have his breakout than at the course where Tiger Woods played one of the greatest tournaments of all time in 2008. It is a symbolic changing of the guard. Tiger Woods is nowhere to be seen or heard, and Rickie Fowler's actions are speaking louder than words so far. Watch out for this young fella in the future.
In 1996 at the tender age of 21 Tiger Woods said "Hello world" (not to be confused with this press conference) and took the golf world by storm. After an amazing amateur career, it only took Tiger 42 weeks to take over the world's number 1 ranking. The rest was history...until Thanksgiving of 2009. Now Tiger is hiding under a rock and the PGA is left searching for a replacement. Enter Rickie Fowler.
Rickie Fowler had a slightly less stellar amateur career, but did hold the world's #1 amateur ranking for 36 weeks straight and had 3 amateur wins. Fowler decided to turn pro last year at the age of 20, and in his first two tournaments finished 7th and then 2nd. Not bad for a 20 year old kid in a bonnet. After two rough starts this season, Fowler is in the hunt at Torrey Pines and looks to be making a name for himself on tour.
The PGA Tour needs a new superstar. Tiger Woods has become a social pariah, and Fat Phil is just a revolting blob. Other than those two, there isn't really anyone who can dominate the PGA Tour. Rickie Fowler can be that guy. It may take a while, but he is certainly showing signs of it. If this blog were sponsored by ESPN, I would anoint Rickie Fowler as Now, Next and the Ultimate Highlight. I would also visit his house in California on 50 states in 50 days. Seriously though, keep an eye out for Rickie Fowler. I want you guys in on the ground floor on this one.