4:31 | Tour & News
Tour Confidential: Are Rickie Fowler's Closing Capabilities Cause for Worry?
By Alan Shipnuck
Tuesday, May 10, 2016


1. James Hahn. The best thing about this stellar victory is that we no longer have to utter the term "Gangnam style." Oh, and by the way, winning at Riviera and Quail Hollow is the sign of a big-time talent.

James Hahn

Getty Images

2. Jesper Parnevik. Turns out the style icon and reality TV star can still play a little, too.

Jesper Parnevik

Getty Images

3. Ariya Jutanugarn. There have been a series of excellent female junior golfers from Thailand but Ariya is the first to break through with an LPGA victory. And given that she's only 20, there's time for plenty more.

Ariya Jutanugarn

Getty Images

4. Jason Kokrak. Getting up and down out of a loafer is barely a challenge, but try doing it from a luxury suite!

5. Johnny Miller. Now that he's lost the rights to our national championship, the Players is Johnny's annual star turn, and there's no better course for him to work dark. I'm not sure what's more stressful for the players, having to play the watery finishing holes with the tournament on the line, or knowing that Miller is in the booth waiting to pass judgement.  

Johnny Miller

Getty Images


1. Anthony Kim stalkers. Okay, I admit, I've been part of the problem. But maybe now is time we let the guy buy his pet food in peace?

Anthony Kim

Getty Images

2. Rickie Fowler. The return to Sawgrass after his epic Players victory was always going to be a veritable Fowlerpalooza, but it’s a pity he limps in after kicking away a chance at Quail Hollow. Unfortunately, this is part of a larger regression for Fowler which includes a final round collapse in Phoenix and opening 80 at Augusta.

Rickie Fowler

Getty Images

3. Justin Rose's putting. As pure as his ballstriking is, it can be downright painful to watch him on the greens. The final round at Quail Hollow devolved into a horror show.

Justin Rose

Getty Images

4. Olympic point-missers. So the whining about the summer schedule has reached The New York Times. Honestly, what’s the big deal? Play the U.S. Open, take two weeks off, Bridgestone, week off, Troon, week off, PGA Championship, week off, Olympics, week off, Barclays, skip Deutsche Bank for a week off, BMW, week off, Tour Championship. I mean, football players strap it on 16 weeks out of 17!

Olympic Rings

Getty Images

5. Phil Mickelson. New drinking game for the Players: every time Phil says he’s "close," take a shot of Patron. You’ll be dead by Friday afternoon.

Phil Mickelson

Getty Images

You May Like