In sports we tend to recognize youth, and trumpet the “next big thing.” Yet in golf that trend is turned upside down. We look to iconic veterans to be the faces of the sport even when some are well past their playing days. Palmer…Nicklaus…Mickelson. The lone exception may be Tiger Woods (who is now rapidly becoming an aged veteran).
However, in the beginning of the 2017 season, the PGA Tour is mimicking all other sports and undergoing a youth movement.
At the HONDA CLASSIC in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida this weekend, Rickie Fowler became the sixth Tour Champion under age 30 this season. The 28-year-old from Anaheim, California went into Sunday with a lead after 54 holes. More recognized for his Day-Glo orange golf attire than his play, he nonetheless was chosen to play on the 2016 Ryder Cup squad. He showed the crowd exactly why he was selected on Sunday, participating in a putting clinic with two fellow Tour Pros.
Earlier in the round, Chad Collins, Sean O’Hair and Graham DeLeat would drain putts of over 50 and 40 feet, respectively. However, the closest anyone from that trio would come to Fowler was the fourth-place tie that Collins carded.
Ultimately, Rickie Fowler was able to make back-to-back putts on the 11th and 12th holes to give him a four-stroke victory over Morgan Hoffman and Gary Woodland.
After shooting a12-under par 268, Fowler earned $1,152,000.000.