In May of last year Golf.com did a survey of PGA Tour players and they voted Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter the most over rated players on the tour. Wonder how the guys that voted for Rickie feel about today?
I’m not going to argue the point on Poulter since he hasn’t won anywhere since 2012, but I agree with Butch Harmon when he originally defended his student, Fowler.
Now Butch is having the last laugh, “Whoever has contributed this…well, they must feel very silly now,” and Fowler has thanked those that voted last spring.
Since the vote he has gone on to win four worldwide titles in the last 9 months concluding with a final round 69 to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship yesterday over a star studded field that contained three of the top six players in the world, including No. 1 Jordan Spieth and No. 2 Rory McIlroy.
The conversation today is totally different, just proving that Tiger Woods was right when he said, “Winning takes care of everything.”
What they are writing about him today is discussing the possibility of a new “Big Four,” but even Fowler admits that title is a little premature. He still needs to win a major before it goes an farther since the present “Big Three” all have at least one major on their record.
The victory in Abu Dhabi might be a springboard he needs to move on up and win his first major or he may end up just one level below Spieth, McIlroy and Day but will, in any event, be interesting to watch and see what happens from here on out. Hopefully it won’t be a discussion about the best player to never win a major.