If you are an oddball like myself, and enjoy NASCAR Racing as much as golf, you will get what I have to say about Rickie Fowler. In fact I made a reference at the local “Watering Hole” after a couple of cold ones that Rickie Fowler was the Danica Patrick of Professional Golf. A marketing machine that can’t compete with the big boys in the sport. He’s young, he’s unique, and he is a fan favorite, but he has only one career win on his resume. That’s one more win than the Go Daddy Girl has on the Sprint Cup circuit.
Rickie wants to get better, and Butch Harmon wants to help. One of the best instructors on the PGA Tour had to ask permission from Phil Mickelson to work with Fowler, and Phil had the classic Phil response:
Golf Digest reports that Harmon asked Phil Mickelson for permission to work with Fowler and Mickelson was all in on it.
“Phil said, ‘It’s awesome,”’ Harmon said. “We need Rickie Fowler to play good.”
My dad told me in 1962 that you can’t make a living in professional sports like golf and stock car racing. An image was passed around on the Google+ Golf Community this morning that depicted that fact. It was a picture of a check that Jack Nicklaus won for finishing T50 at the LA Open(now called Norther Trust Open). Jack took home a whopping $33.33. I wonder if he had to pay taxes out of that?
Woods was the top earner for the year in golf, followed by Phil Mickelson ($52 million), Arnold Palmer ($40 million), Jack Nicklaus ($26 million), Henrik Stenson ($19 million) and Rory McIlroy ($18 million).
How does Jack still make $26 Million Dollars?
Congratulations to the LPGA for joining the 21st Century. The 2013 season was one of the finest the LPGA has had, and I am glad to see them take steps to improve their product on the golf course. This decision will add an extra layer of excitement to an already great sport.
“It should make for an exciting 2014,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said. “It’s the bow on the present we really wanted to get done.”
The LPGA Tour already has its strongest schedule in years, adding domestic events in Michigan and San Francisco, and creating an Olympics-styled event called the International Crown aimed at determining the best nation of golfers.
As a fan that loves International Match-Play competition, one of my fantasies is that one day Americans will take the Ryder Cup as seriously as the Europeans do. As early as it is in the season, the biggest thing on a European golfers mind is making the Ryder Cup team and being at Gleneagles in the fall.
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