Commenting on his first win on the PGA tour, Rickie Fowler said, “I can definitely give some credit to Bubba for motivating me a bit and giving me a kind of kick in the butt to go out and get it done.”
The folks at Golf Magic add that Rickie revealed, “It was nice for me to be there on Sunday when Bubba won The Masters…It motivated me a little bit more to want to be in that situation.”
Lawrence Donegan also has something to say about the young Californian.
“Rickie Fowler leading the charge as European dominance is challenged…The 23-year-old Californian shows the US are ready to regain their leading role in world golf.”
The Guardian's golf correspondent and erstwhile caddy supports his prediction with, “There have been 20 events on the PGA Tour so far in 2012. Sixteen have been won by Americans, including Watson at Augusta National and Hunter Mahan, who has won twice – beating McIlroy in the final of the Accenture World Matchplay and then holding off the field at the Shell Houston Open the week before the Masters.”
Pseudonyms commenting on Lawrence’s “European dominance” writes, “I realize it's just a header designed to draw in comments (so, guilty), but calling it European dominance in golf is almost exactly the type of hubris that the Guardian extolled in the euro overtaking the dollar. Basically, blink and you missed it.
When the three europeans you mention have combined for exactly 1 major in their careers, you clearly need to reevaluate your thesis.”
Staying with controversial subjects, another Pommie press headline reads, “Tiger Woods mocks Sir Nick Faldo for pointing out his fears and mental weakness…Tiger Woods on Tuesday turned on Sir Nick Faldo for questioning his “self-belief” and insisted his recent flops were “no big deal”.
The Telegraph’s James Corrigan reporting from Sawgrass writes, “The former world No 1 refuses to accept that his recent struggles – he finished in a tie for 40th at the Masters and then missed the cut at Quail Hollow last week — can be put down to anything other than his latest swing change. And he switched into ridicule mode when told of Faldo’s claims concerning his broken psyche.”
A broken psyche can be mended however Faldo gets kinda heavy on the subject of karma. “The crash and burn in his personal life has had a huge effect. He’s a different guy, physically, technically and in karma. We shouldn’t compare him to the old Tiger. This is the Tiger we’ve got now.”
Back in June 2011 Steve Elling wrote, “Is karma the one opponent Tiger Woods can't defeat?…Karma, the belief that actions and deeds can directly precipitate cause and effect, has underpinnings in Buddhism, Hindu and Sikh philosophies. Woods was raised in the church of the former, so he probably has a decent grasp of how the scorecard works.
In match-play parlance, karma is 9 up at the turn and stone dormie…The match isn't technically over, but can the guy possibly pull off another of those impossibly improbable rallies he used to muster in the mid-'90s, the stuff that made him a star even before he turned pro? It would represent the greatest comeback of all, Faustian in scope.”
Faustian indeed and can Faldo’s “The Tiger we’ve got now” find his way back?
Quote of the Day
“Sawgrass is hardly a comfortable place for Woods to perform another resurrection. In each of the past two years he has withdrawn in the first round, the first time with a neck injury and then, 12 months later, with multiple leg injuries. Before then he could boast one Players win, way back in 2001.” – James Corrigan suggesting that Tiger may be sorely tested this coming weekend.
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