Fowler Falters: Fowler sits T-95 after one day at New Orleans. Look, anyone who makes it to the web.com Tour is a great player. The PGA Tour? Forget about it. To make the OWGR top ten? That shows mind-boggling skill. However, that’s all well and good, but shouldn’t a sport’s “stars” win with some regularity? At least, say, once or twice a year? Can you imagine tennis making a big deal out of a player who is known for making the quarterfinals — but never winning — at the grand slam events? Or anywhere.
This isn’t Slam Rickie Fowler Week or anything, but Charles Howell the Third is looked upon almost as a journeyman, while Rickie Fowler is one of the PGA Tour’s go-to players for marketing, and their careers are more similar than the average fan might think. Howell, by the way, made it to OWGR #15, not all that far behind Fowler’s best.
It’s only one round of one event during one week of a long year. Still, with the Jordan-Rory battles on the horizon, Rickie needs to get it going if he wants to avoid a “journeyman” or “also-ran” perception. (I should point out that Howell is the furthest thing from a journeyman; he’s been a PGA Tour fixture for a decade-and-a-half, pocketing around $30 million.)
Fire Britt McHenry: Be sure to sign the Fire Britt McHenry petition.
Elling on Levy: Nice tweet with embedded video from Mr. Steve Elling. It’s amusing due to the “darling,” but also for the power lines in the background. That reminds me of a few courses I’ve played.
Faldo, Joking or Serious? A Big Story in the golf world is whether or not Nick Faldo was “joking” or “serious” when he said he was pulling against Jordan Spieth shooting a 62 at the Masters. Faldo owns a share of the record of 63. 1. What does it matter? 2. Is “gray area” a concept completely beyond today’s American intellectual level?