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Being a Rickie Fowler fan never used to be easy, it was synonymous with being a Mets fan. But like the Mets, Rickie has been climbing the ranks finally, and the bandwagon is starting to over-spill.
I’ve been a Rickie fan since 2011. I was a young kid getting into the sport, and in his flashy Orange hat, shoes, socks, underwear, shirt, and everything else, Rickie stood out from the crowd. I met him August of 2011, where he stood out as someone who cared about his fans and hasn’t lost sight of that.
For a while, people forgot about Rickie. Fowler won the 2010 Rookie of the Year award.
They said Rickie was going to do big things in 2010. He didn’t. They said Rickie was going to do big things in 2011. He didn’t
Fowler wins the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012. I celebrated that win unlike any other, thinking this was Rickie’s big push to stardom. But… It wasn’t.
They said Rickie was going to be decent in 2013. He was average. 2014 was Fowler’s awakening. His year was superb, coming in tied for fifth or better in all 4 majors, including a T2 in the Open and US Open.
They said 2014 was Rickie’s year: it was Rory’s.
Rickie losing the 2014 PGA Championship on Sunday to Rory McIlroy was one of the biggest heartbreaks I’ve ever had as a sports fan. The golfing world started to give up on him. I didn’t.
Players Championship “the 5th major” in 2015 as a huge turning oint for Fowler. The PGA Tour votes Rickie “the most overrated player on tour.” He dominated the tournament, earning him his biggest win on tour. That was his drive. Despite being in Spieth’s shadow all year, Fowler finished strong, winning the Barclays in the first round of the PGA FedEx cup playoffs.
This past Sunday, Rickie lost the Waste Management Phoenix Open to Hideki Matsuyama in a 4-hole playoff, and I’m not mad about it.
You need to learn how to lose before you know how to win. 2016 is going to be a big year for Rickie Fowler. Gone are the days of long hair and emphatic play. Rickie knows how to be a gentleman. He knows how to perform on the big stage. His game has come to him, and so will the wins.
– M. Fritz