Tiger Makes His Pick For The Presidents Cup

I think it is only fair that I cover the Team USA final picks for the upcoming President’s Cup. I talked about Ernie Els Canadian pick, but this brilliant move is overshadowed in the media by Tiger Woods’ pick of himself! Yup, he will be a playing captain. This move is not unprecedented as he will join Hale Irwin (1994) as the only playing captains in the competition’s history. So, I wonder if this is a good choice?

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Rickie Fowler: Rising to the Top of Golf

Rickie Fowler is a rising star. He is a hungry lion who is proving that the young players on the PGA Tour are here to stay. After turning pro in 2009 at the age of 21, Fowler has steadily improved his standing within the professional ranks. Since the moment he emerged on tour, he has been touted as one of the future stars of golf.

Exactly one year ago, I predicted that Rickie Fowler would have a breakout year in 2015. His steady improvement over his first 5 years of professional golf was a great indicator that Fowler’s time had arrived. However, many pundits and critics suggested that Fowler was on over-rated player who did not meet the hype ‘they’ built early in Fowler’s career.

In 2015, Fowler finished with 2 wins, 1 second, 1 third and 7 to 10s. He won the Players Championship, the Deutsche Bank Championship, and, most recently, helped the US win the Presidents Cup. Fowler finished 4th in the FEDEXCUP and finished 5th in the world ranks as if this article. Not bad for an over-rated player.

As great of a season that Fowler had, there were still golf analysts, as late as August, suggesting that Fowler is a flash in the pan. He would not sustain his great play and doubted if he was one of the future superstars of golf. Of course, when comparing Fowler to Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, all players look a full tier below the two best golfers in the world. But, as I stated in earlier posts, Fowler is ready to be included as one of the future stars of golf.

Since losing his swing coach in May 2011, Barry McDonnell, Fowler tried to find his own way with moderate success. He had a great 2014 season, however something was still missing. In January of this year, he found it in Butch Harmon. Harmon has worked with many of the great players over the years, and Fowler’s choice to work with Harmon immediately paid dividends.

Harmon is best known for having been Tiger Woods’ golf coach from 1993 to 2004, though they have since gone their separate ways. In April 2007, it was announced that Harmon would start working with Phil Mickelson. He has also worked with other major champions such as Ernie Els, Stewart Cink, Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Fred Couples and Justin Leonard, and with younger stars such as Nick Watney, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson,Natalie Gulbis, and most recently Jimmy Walker and Brandt Snedeker. (Wikipedia)

Fowler is a unique player. He is traditionally a slow starter. He reminds me of a snowball being rolled down a hill. At first it is small and unimpressive; but, as it is helped down the hill it starts to grow bigger and bigger. Eventually, it has enough momentum that it rolls by itself and enough mass that everyone starts to take notice. Well, that is Rickie Fowler to a tee! Each year, Fowler starts off slow, but by the end of the season he is a force that is noticed and sometimes feared!

Rickie Fowler had a breakout year in 2015. He exceed all expectations and although overshadowed by Spieth and Day, he is now considered a rising superstar in golf. Rickie Fowler is already a fan favorite and if he continues to improve his game, he will be a multiple Major winner very soon! Congratulations Rickie on a great 2015 professional golf season!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

The Presidents Cup Preview

Presidents CupThe Presidents Cup has arrived. Today the players will tee it up at a Jack Nicklaus course in Korea. This 7400 yard gem in the Orient will challenge all players in every part of their game. The media run-up to this year’s tournament has tried to outline potential issues between players, chemistry (or lack of) on the teams, and the fact that the USA has a strangle hold on the title.

This year, the Captains, Jay Haas (USA) and Nick Price (International) have worked their magic, inspired their players, and took risks making their last two selections. Now it is up to the players to prove that they belong at this charity event by defeating any and all opponents!

The Presidents Cup is purely a charity event. There is no prize money except for the bragging rights between the best golfers in the world. The net proceeds are distributed to charities around the world and nominated by the players, captains, and captains’ assistants. The first nine Presidents Cups raised almost US$30 million and given the current trend, it is probable that this year’s President Cup will raise over US$5 million.

The format for this year’s event has changed. The first two days sees five matches of fourball (best ball) and five matches of foursomes (alternate shot). The third day consists of four matches of fourball and four matches of foursomes. On the fourth and last day, twelve singles will be played for a total of 30 matches.

The Presidents Cup is a very good event. I have never really followed it and for the most part has been over shadowed by the Ryder Cup. Examining the players on each team, I am really not overly excited about who is going to play against whom. It is possible that I am under playing this golfing event, but I am not sure.

What do you think? Do you like the Presidents Cup?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!