Saturday, 25 February 2017

Rickie Has a Big Day Tomorrow at the Honda

Rickie Fowler looks to be a man on a mission at the Honda Classic. As those around the lead starting the third round struggled, Rickie seemed to be totally in control, posting a fairly stress-free 65. 

What a great swing this kid has. We learned today that, pound for pound, he is the second longest driver in the game, bettered only by his buddy, Justin Thomas, who weighs five pounds less. Rickie also seems to have perfected the fade, a shot that, as I recall, caused him some trouble in his playoff loss to Matsuyama last year in Phoenix. And he used that fade to great advantage today. 

Rickie Fowler is definitely not just a pretty face. When he's on his game he's proven he can run with anybody in the game. He has perhaps under-achieved, with only three PGA tour victories to date. But he definitely has the right stuff, as his victory at the Players Championship demonstrated beyond any doubt.

I think tomorrow is a big day for Rickie. He needs another win and he needs to know he can finish one off after some of the disappointments he's suffered in the past year; not the least of which being his loss to Matsuyama. I hope he pulls it off. But the Bear Trap stands in his way. As Jack says, the tournament will likely be won or lost there.