New Coach, Same Competitiveness, Same Compassion
By Torleif Sorenson on 1/8/14
Logic dictates that Rickie Fowler's desire to win has not changed. While some writers and viewers have criticized Fowler for having only one PGA Tour victory (the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow). In 2010, Fowler halved all three of his Ryder Cup matches, then missed the 2012 event. Part of the reason may be that Fowler has not had a swing coach since the death in May 2011 of his instructor, Barry McConnell.
Now, Fowler is working with Butch Harmon, who went so far as to ask Phil Mickelson for permission to work with Fowler. Mickelson's response:
"It's awesome. We need Rickie Fowler to play good."For his part, Harmon is already impressed with Fowler, who has not only smoothed out some mechanical errors, but has also told Harmon that he wants to be known more for his golf than for his clothes and hat. Fowler's focus is strengthening his game in order to win a major. His top-10 finish at the 2013 U.S. Open is evidence that he is headed in the right direction.
Having said that, Rickie Fowler isn't withdrawing from ordinary people. To the contrary, the former Oklahoma State University golf star was in Oklahoma City on Monday for a surprise appearance at a Golfsmith store. He gave a clinic, met roughly 100 golfers from Moore, Southmoore, and Westmoore high schools... and gave them Cobra golf bags:
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It's all promotion all the time with this guy. Nothing against him personally as he seems like an okay fellow, but the Rickie Fowler the Sports Icon does sort of represent a lot of what is wrong with America in 2014.
...don't like Fowler. I don't even know a Fowler fan.
...don't dislike Fowler. Junior golf is full of Fowler fans. IMO, that makes him good for the game.
Duke of Hazards says:
Yeah. Every pro tourney I've attended has tons of kids 6 to 18 wearing Fowler / Puma gear. There are a lot worse role models, though to me, he's never seemed like he's had a burning desire to win. That being said, if he could be a little more consistent with the ball striking, he'd have better chances. He's a pretty solid putter.
Northmoore and Eastmoore must not like him either.
Torleif Sorenson says:
In today's society a guy like Fowler is an easy target, when he's not winning. If Rickie won a tournament every year, people would say he's fun, energetic, good for the game. As it stands, he's seen as just another guy who's all about promotion. Personally I think he is what he is - a young guy with a different background. This guy is more X games than Country Club, and Puma/Cobra saw a good fit with their marketing scheme. Nothing wrong with that, but Rickie does need to dedicate himself a bit more to the success on the course.
I've seen him flip off a roof into a pool 10x more than I've seen him play entertaining golf.
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