Rickie Fowler calls out doubters, buys media champagne after win (pics)
Rickie Fowler earlier this year was ranked far and above as the most overrated golfer in the world according to a Sports Illustrated poll of his PGA Tour colleagues. Since then, the 26-year-old golfer has won three times, and without saying so explicitly, he acknowledged the coincidence between the unflattering results of the poll and his on-course success.
Fowler’s magical season began shortly after the results of the poll were released when he won THE PLAYERS Championship in thrilling fashion. He then won the Scottish Open the week before the Open Championship, and a phenomenal run was capped on Monday courtesy of his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
After the huge win, Fowler conceded that the timing of his recent string of victories has helped silence the critics and doubters.
“I definitely want to be the best player that I can be,” he said, via PGATour.com. “I want to be the best player in the world at some point. But, yes, being called overrated, I won three times (worldwide, this year), so thanks for the poll, I guess.”
Fowler also acknowledged that he hopes to one day be considered among the ranks of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, pro golf’s “Big Three.”
“I’m trying to be a small fourth thrown in there,” said Fowler, who considers his three colleagues/rivals as friends.
Fowler did allow himself a moment, though, to celebrate his victory. Much as he did when he bought beers for the media after notching a hole-in-one at the Quicken Loans National, Fowler treated reporters to 10 bottles Tattinger’s champagne after his win Monday.
Champagne @RickieFowler. Bought this for the media after his @DBChampionship win. Thanks! pic.twitter.com/0t2hLhFvi8
— Brian Wacker (@brianwacker1) September 7, 2015
Fowler even took a moment to share a toast with the media.
Class act. Rickie Fowler toasts the media after his win @DBChampionship. pic.twitter.com/bMA1431iPj
— helen ross (@helen_pgatour) September 7, 2015
With three victories under his belt, Fowler’s 2015 campaign has been an unmitigated success, and he said everything beyond his recent run is icing on the cake.
“This is bonus material, here,” he said. “We came into the season obviously wanting to play well in the majors and to win a major; wasn’t able to do that. But we wanted to win, and win more than once. So we’ve done that.”
[H/T Eye on Golf]