The American Version of Rory McIlroy
By mustang6560 on 7/13/11
Is Rickie Fowler America's version of Rory McIlroy?

Rory is from Holywood, Northern Ireland. Rickie is from near Hollywood, California.

Rory is 22 years old. Rickie is also 22 years old.

Rory is 5'9". Rickie is also 5'9".

Rory is an aggressive player. Rickie is also an aggressive player.

Rory has three professional victories, including one major. Rickie has, well, here is where the two players start to differ.

Even though Rickie has yet to breakthrough on the PGA Tour, he thinks he has the game and the motivation necessary to compete with Rory.
"I would like to match him at some point. It is a good friendly rivalry we have," Fowler said of McIlroy.

"We are good buddies, we enjoy being around each other but at the end of the day we are both trying to push each other and beat each other and that is good.

"He is pushing me to play my best and work on my game and obviously I hope I can catch up to him.
It's only a matter of time before Rickie wins his first golf tournament. And hopefully it comes sooner rather than later because I would love to see a true rivalry develop between Rickie and Rory. Right now, there's not much of a rivalry because Rickie hasn't won yet. But, I think golf would benefit significantly on both sides of the pond. Imagine being able to watch the final round of a tournament watching Rickie and Rory battling it out for the victory. Oh man, it could be great! America vs. the UK, the PGA Tour vs. the European Tour!

Rickie Folwer and Rory McIlroy will be paired together for the first two rounds of the Open Championship at Royal St. George's (Ernie Els rounds out the three-some) so he'll have his opportunity to prove himself. We'll see how he handles it.



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photo by Chris Breikss


[ comments ]
id3st says:
USA!!! USA!!! USA!!! go Rickie!!! go practice... now...
7/13/11
 
RJSchuchman says:
I could do without the funky clothes Fowler wears!! I think he may end up being known more for that than his accomplishments once it's all said and done...
7/13/11
 
bobhooe says:
seems to be a few years behind Rory but is much more fun to watch.
7/13/11
 
Banker85 says:
how do these short skinny dudes hit the ball so far. I am 6 ft athletic and max out at 285 maybe once a round avg 240.
7/13/11
 
guzzlingil says:
Ricky never quit in last years Ryder Cup.....dude showed some FIGHT....made some clutch shots....
7/13/11
 
GolfSmith7 says:
@Banker85 it is all about smoothness of swing, proper fitting and flexibility. I am 5' 10" weigh 175 and I hit several 300 yard drives each round I play. I mention that because I have only been playing for 5 years and when I started I could barely drive it 200 yards yet as I have concentrated on strengthening my core muscles in Gold's gym stretching glass the flexibility has improved my driving. I firmly believe that with your height, and if you equipment matches your swing you could easily be averaging 285 or more consistently, if you concentrate on your core muscles. my two cents
7/13/11
 
wrhall02 says:
Fowler will win a few, probably even a major or two. He is very talented. However, IMO, he will never be a consistent winner. His swing puts too much emphasis on exact timing and his back will eventually wear out.
7/13/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Fowler can't carry Rory's bag at this point, he needs a swing overhaul as bad as Rory needs a haircut.
7/13/11
 
Banker85 says:
i agree with toddrobb except for the overhaul part. How do you expect someone like fowler to change his swing and be able to compete? seriously? I know he is only 22 but i really dont think that is an option. He just needs to get better with the putter and he could win.
7/13/11
 
Banker85 says:
@golfsmith: not sure if the equipment matches i hit a s-flex swing speed 100+ but never had a fitting. I am flexible i just need to get the smoothness down. I had a guy at dick's who was maybe 5'9 160 tell me i should be able to hit close to 300 with my height and long arms leverage he said so ya just gotta make better contact i guess.
7/13/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@Banker85 I think now is the perfect time to overhaul his swing, BECAUSE he's only 22. Should he wait and wait so he can wind up like Sergio, potential unfulfilled? We had this discussion on another post where they had his video with Jack and Nick Faldo picking out everything that is wrong with his swing. His swing has waaay to many flaws to play well enough for four days to win on tour. It will be quite some time until he wins, there are to many other guys out there that are much better then him. The only reason he gets mentioned for anything is because he's 22, if he wasn't the marketing machine that he is, we wouldn't be talking about him.
7/13/11
 
ToddRobb says:
With his swing and the weather, I say he doesn't make the cut at The Open.
7/13/11
 
EloraBlue says:
Fowler is an average "good" golfer with a tour and its' associated media outlets desperate for some personality.
7/13/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
I thought McIlroy was the next coming of Tiger. Using the transitive property that would mean that Rickie Fowler is the American version of the Irish Tiger Woods. Now that's just going too far. At this rate Fowler will be lucky to avoid being the male version of Michelle Wie.
7/14/11
 
Matt F says:
McIlroy and Jason Day will have a better rivalry than Rickie and Rory ever will. Both of them are just about at the top of their game now.
7/14/11
 
mmontisano says:
well, so far, Fowler is outplaying McIlroy at the Open, so we'll see.
7/14/11
 
Jattruia says:
So Fowler's in at T19 right now after round 2 at E. Same as McIlroy. Not bad for a POS swing and bright colors i guess.
7/15/11
 
ToddRobb says:
T19 is not bad?? Okay. But wait,,I thought the idea was to actually try to win the tournament, oh that's right, the standards are usually lower for people who aren't expected to do much. I forgot. I can assure you T19 for Mclroy is not good, T19 for Fowler with a POS swing is "Not bad".
7/15/11
 
mmontisano says:
i love Rory's swing, but i really don't understand this animosity toward's Fowler's swing. if you've read Hogan's 5 Lessons, it's textbook.

Rory has the edge because he's had more years on the pro circuit while Rickie went to college. i guess it's a bad thing to try and give education a try? and Rory threw away a ton of chances to win on the Euro tour before he finally broke through in Dubai. just like Fowler is doing now.
7/16/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@badcaddy You don't understand the animosity because there isn't any. Rory has the edge because he has a fundamentally solid swing. I have nothing against Fowler personally, I just don't like the fact that they are trying to build him up to be something he's not. Like EkoraBlue said, he's an average good golfer on tour, nowhere near the hype that he gets. I know it may "look" okay, but his swing has several flaws that will have to be corrected in order to win consistently on tour. His swing relies on his timing to be perfect, that is extremely hard to do for four rounds in a row, let alone when nerves from being on the top of the leader board kick in on Sunday. He obviously can compete at the tour level, but competing and winning are clearly two different things.
7/16/11
 
ToddRobb says:
He's on the leader board going into tomorrow, this will be another great test to see if his swing will hold up under pressure. He slept on the lead a few weeks ago and fell apart like a cheap lawn chair when the round started. Honestly I hope he can prove me terribly wrong so the hype that he receives will no longer be hype.
7/16/11
 
mmontisano says:
i really don't see how you can say all those things. dude won $2.3 million on the course last year and was 31st on the money list. if that's an "average player" who falls apart like a "cheap lawn chair," i'd take it.

he lost at the Memorial last year because he was gunning for to the win, not for second. give the kid a break. if you don't like the attention he's getting, don't pay attention to it.
7/16/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Actually he won 2.8 million and was 22nd on the money list. He has had 2 top ten finishes this year, he's 54th on the money list as of toady, it sounds like you have been sucked into the hype machine and you can't get out. We want someone to step forward so bad that we get suckered by the style with no substance. They keep saying he's got "talent", is there someone on the tour that doesn't have talent??? Sounds like you may have a little man crush thing going on with Rickie, but there are more guys out there with more "talent". Look at the headline of this article, why is he even being compared to Rory? He IS an average guy on tour, certainly not a top tier player they make him out to be. As far as not paying attention to the attention he's getting, it's going to be tough, but I'll give it a shot.
7/17/11
 
mmontisano says:
well, you don't skip the Nationwide Tour, get to 22nd (conflicting reports because i've also seen 23rd) on the money in your first season out the gate and get rookie of the year without talent and hard work.

i haven't bought into any machine. i'm actually more of a fan of Rory. i'm just making the argument that Rickie is good and his time will come.

if anything, you just may see a rivalry between them by the likes of Phil of Tiger. it's lopsided, yes, but Phil has had a decent career too.
7/17/11
 
ToddRobb says:
I think Rory will be more like Phil, several wins, several majors, the fan favorite nice guy that acknowledges the crowd. I don't think Tiger is close to being finished yet and the next Tiger hasn't hit the tour yet. I never said Rickie wasn't good, and I wasn't the one that first used the "POS swing" comment, I said "his swing has several flaws that will have to be corrected in order to win consistently on tour." The only way you can have a "decent" career is to win consistently. He'll get a swing coach eventually and that's when he will be someone to take seriously.

By the way, Rory should have won rookie of the year last year, he made $2.5 million in 16 starts with one win, Rickie made $2.8 million in 28 starts no wins. But that's a whole different discussion.
7/17/11
 
mmontisano says:
he didn't win rookie of the year because he didn't take up his PGA Tour membership after that win which makes sense to me. and Rickie's golf coach just passed away last month. if he does get a new coach, I hope they don't change his swing too much because it can ruin his feel and timing. Jim Furyk is a prime example that a homemade swing can get the job done. everything else you just said, I completely agree with.
7/17/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Jim Furyk's swing doesn't have any flaws, he just has a "quirky" back swing. There is a major difference between the two. Since you mentioned the money list, Matt Kuchar completely changed his swing and was number one on the list last year. He is number 7 as of today. If Rickie has as much "talent" as everyone says he has, making swing changes won't be that much of big deal. It may take a little while for them to "kick in", but one thing he does have is time.
7/18/11
 
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