In what might be a fashion-revolutionizing win, one of golf’s young phenoms stepped to the plate last weekend in what turned out to be a phenomenal three-man playoff finish at the Wells Fargo Classic. Rickie Fowler, a Ryder Cupper and a “comer” on the Tour, expected to win now for a while, finally broke through in the finest of ways, outlasting D.A. Points, who bogeyed the 18th hole in regulations to allow for the playoff in the first place; and current World #1 Rory McIlroy to tame the Quail Hoolow Country Club and the critics and begin building his professional trophy case.
Fowler had the lead with three to play but bogeyed the 16th hole and played the final three at +1, hoping just to have a chance as he sat nervously in the locker room watching McIlroy, Points and fellow Ryder Cupper Webb Simpson who also lead at different times during the round and had a chance to birdie on 18 to make it a playoff foursome, before seeing his birdie putt roll past. Several times a bridesmaid, never a bride, Fowler calmly banged a thunderous drive down the narrow 18th fairway in the playoff and stuck a nine iron to three feet, sealing the deal. Always a colorful enigma loaded with talent, Rickie joins last week’s winner Jason Dufner on the list of those young Americans tasting victory for the first time and appreciating the adage that good things come to those who wait!
The question now becomes, how colorful will the fairways and golf shops around the country become? Purple on Thursdays and orange on Sundays have become a staple but with all of the other colors of the rainbow out there Rickie looks a cross between Johnny Depp and a really hip Easter Egg hitting bombs off the tee and smiling at the ladies as he cruises the fairways, dropping putts. Carry on Rickie, the younger generation is always seeking new starts……..Puma doesn’t mind either!
As we keep mentioning, the weather in the desert is beautiful and warming and the golf on all tours is now “in full swing” and heading towards the next major….so tune-in to The CaddyShack every Saturday morning to talk golf with Roger and I and keep yourself in the “loop” with what’s happening locally and on all of the different tours………Listen in, will you?
Mike Livingston is the Co-Host of The Caddy Shack Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.

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