Thank goodness! The long wait is finally over. We may all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Rickie Fowler finally, FINALLY (!) won a PGA Tour event. At the ripe old age of 47, and after 712 tour starts, Rickie finally gets his first win and the world can relax at long last.
Fowler, of course, is 23, not 47, and he’s been on Tour a mere 2 ½ years. It just seems like he’s been playing for so long without a win. The expectations were so very high. But he’s shown the promise of his “can’t miss” potential seemingly week after week, racking up a Ryder Cup pick his rookie season and 15 top ten finishes, including 4 second-places in that time. But the Tour is brutal and the level of play is so very good, and guys like me are so desperate for something to write about, that hardly an event has passed since Rickie’s rookie campaign that someone somewhere didn’t wonder aloud or in print about when he might notch that first win.
Well, Rickie finally did it, and in dramatic fashion with a 51° wedge to about four feet of a sucker pin on the first playoff hole at The Wells Fargo Championship last Sunday. His competitors, merely the world’s number one player, a kid you might have heard of--one R. McElroy--and a steady veteran named DA Points, both put the pressure on Fowler, but only to win it outright, after both had to make lengthy comeback putts for par. Rickie had then only to sink a vomit-inducing four footer straight up the hill to win. It’s the kind of putt you can’t miss…unless it’s to win a PGA tour event for the very first time. You just don’t miss that putt, so to then miss it would have been bad…very bad…career-damaging bad...permanent psychological damage bad. Fear not, though, with thousands of teenage girls, and hundreds of journalists balling their panties in a wad, Fowler calmly stroked his “easy” putt into the hole for the win.
Now we can start talking about really important stuff. Like, when is this kid finally gonna win a major? It’s been 2 days for goodness sake, and he’s looked good, but really, when's he gonna deliver…?
In the meantime, while we wait with bated breath for Rickie to win a Major, we can know that there were three other big winners on Sunday. First, the PGA Tour won, as the youth movement gains authentic momentum. Now the Tour can, with some legitimacy, promote a rivalry between Rickie and Rory. After all, Rory said some pretty harsh things following his defeat to the Orange-Clad One. Said McElroy, “It’s great to see….now that the win is out of the way. Hopefully, it will ease the pressure a bit.” Fighting words for sure. Rickie gave it right back, though, saying, “I’m definitely happy….It’s kind of fun.” These guys are vicious! Let the rivalry begin.
The other winners? Clearly Puma and Cobra are jumping for joy, or at least their marketing and sales divisions are. And why not? Both companies have got some great new products on the market, stuff which Rickie used to win a PGA Tour event. Fowler played the new Cobra AMP Driver and AMP Irons (albeit a Tour Prototype) and wore Puma Head-to-toe. And even if, like me, you're much too old to be rockin' the Monoline flat bill cap, the new Puma apparel has plenty of style and performance lines for everyone—available in orange and a variety of non-orange colors. As for Cobra's line of AMP clubs, the AMP Driver is hot and forgiving and comes in an adjustable model and an offset design for super game-improvement. The AMP Irons feature a traditional look but are packed with game improvement technology for every level player.
Check out the new Cobra and Puma products at DGW today.