Round Two of the playoffs is now in the books and I’m sure the PGA Tour is grateful for the performance of Rickie Fowler.
Organizers of match play events always fear televising a competition whereby the superstars and media darlings lose in the early rounds.
So far, the first two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs have featured some wonderful play, but it has been accomplished by players not known for their glamour. Instead they are stoic, methodical, hard working, dedicated, deserved, but not electric.
At the Deutsche Bank Championship. a lot of my enjoyment came from watching the beauty of the TPC Boston golf course, the flow of the holes between the tall pines, the stunning rock outcrops and the entire natural splendor unfolding hole after hole.
There is no ocean.
There are no mountains.
There are no railway ties.
It’s mostly nature at its finest.
Once again, outstanding putting defeated superb ball striking. Rickie got more mileage in putts than the space ship Discovery has travelled. Henrick Stenson put on a tactical display of accuracy and distance control reminiscent of Ben Hogan.
Strangely, the golf gods decided to smile more favorably on the flat stick. We see this time and time again. Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, even as far back as Walter Hagen, all have been able to find the hole with their putter.
Don’t misunderstand, these players had more skills then simply putting, but they earned a reputation for putting as a strength, along with ball striking.
I enjoy both styles.
Normally, the plodding ball strikers are difficult to beat because they rarely give you an opportunity and that proved to be the case this week. Stenson was a tower of consistency until he played one poor shot on 17.
I’m not a fan of what I call “right foot floppers”. These are players who allow their right foot to turn over and the heel kick out during the finish of an iron shot. I believe this is either a lazy move or it permeates from a club path that is coming from outside the line of flight.
While a decent shot might be struck, I see far more duck hooks and slashes into the right rough or down a greenside embankment, out of play.
When the club moves from inside the target line to outside at impact, the right instep will be on the ground producing a more superior quality ball flight.
Fowler was a “foot flopper” who couldn’t fulfill his expectations. One year after hooking up with Butch Harmon, the foot flop overs are disappearing and Rickie’s name is adorning more trophies as his shots become increasingly more predictable.
I do wish the spectators were less pro-American. There is no need to cheer against international competitors. Sure, cheer your player on but “miss it” only belongs in Caddyshack and remember, negativity gives the recipient motivation.
I think the roped area for the players to walk from green to tee should be wider. I see fans able to reach out and touch the players. This is extremely dangerous.
Kudos to Charley Hoffman who led early, fell out of contention and then finished third.
I find the whole concept of Fed Ex points very difficult to follow.
I’d like to see a large scoreboard showing the player’s total score in relation to par, his standing in the event and the amount of money earned if the tournament ended right now, his standing in the Fed Ex Cup and have the whole board change instantly every time a hole is completed.
This way, we could watch the actual impact of every shot. We’d know the monetary impact, the points impact and the overall FedEx impact with every shot. Make a birdie and the whole board changes instantly. Make a bogey and once again everything changes right before your eyes.
As always, Roger Maltby and Johnny Miller add to every event they broadcast. Let’s hope there is a revival of entertaining personalities on the tour. The standard of golf is terrific, but we’ve grown accustomed to more.