David Feherty says Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler stand out
This is a pretty cool video of a crew following Rickie Fowler around a little bit at the Honda Classic about three months ago. Fowler gives some insight into how he thinks about golf, and you get an inside look at one of golf’s young stars.
The thing that stood out to me, though, is what David Feherty had to say about Fowler when he was talking about the arc of his career.
“I think of all the young players out here, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler sort of stand out to me. They’re the two I think are going to have spectacular futures,” said Feherty.
Golf: Rickie Fowler attracts a crowd at Patriot Cup
Professional golfer Rickie Fowler eyes his second shot to the green on the 16th fairway during the 4th Annual Folds of Honor Patriot Cup on May 27, 2013. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1305271809378530
OWASSO — Dozens of kids ranging from elementary school age to college students wore orange and lime green shirts and Puma hats. They followed Rickie Fowler around Monday afternoon on a hilly course that takes some dedication to walk all 18 holes.
Fowler’s gallery easily was the largest at the Patriot Cup, the major fundraising event for Folds of Honor.
Fowler, who is a fashion trendsetter, has created a cult like following among a new generation of golfers. Young, loyal fans, many among his half a million Twitter followers, are drawn to a 24-year-old star who wears florescent clothes and a flat-billed hat.
“I love it,” Fowler said. “It’s really a lot of fun to have the support from the younger generation, especially. I love having those little kids out there running around. Whether you’re having a good day or bad day, when I see little kids with Puma gear on it makes me smile.”
In a pro-am field that included 10 PGA Tour members and 13 PGA Champions Tour players, the former Oklahoma State star signed autographs and posed for pictures for nearly 30 minutes after the fourth annual Memorial Day event.
“That’s the kind of guy he is,” said Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, who developed a relationship with Fowler when they were both at Oklahoma State. “Rickie Fowler is great for golf.
Crowne Plaza Invitational 2013: Rickie Fowler brand dominates stop at Colonial
Rickie Fowler has emerged as the face of young American golf, and that’s been on display at the Tour’s stop at Colonial, where he’s out early on Friday morning and just above the cut line.
PGA Tour golfer’s life is just about as good as it gets for any professional athlete. There’s little risk of major physical injury or damage to your body, you travel all over the world, work outside, and play some of the best and most scenic venues on earth. Their workdays could last as little as five hours or run from dawn until darkness, depending on how much practice they want to put in. But one thing in particular that I’ve always thought can be difficult is the juggle of flipping from the afternoon wave to the morning wave through the first two rounds of a tournament.
Rickie Fowler is the poster boy for this week’s tournament at Colonial, and he has an endorsement deal with the tournament’s title sponsor, Crowne Plaza Hotels. It’s hard to walk five minutes without seeing his likeness. Fowler has one victory in his young career, but he’s carved out a niche as the go-to endorser and young face of the Tour.
The Tour, however, put him in the Thursday afternoon-Friday morning tee time swing, where he finished his opening 18 around 5 p.m. local time and had to be back at the course just over 12 hours later for the next loop. A 7:33 a.m. tee time means Fowler is up before the sun and was at the course at dawn on Friday morning. It’s a good lifestyle but this has always struck me as one of the undesirable swings of the job. It’s unavoidable but Fowler’s success at least ensures that he’s not the first off in the morning wave.