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Is Rickie a closer now???


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#31 CAT GOLFER

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 10:51 PM

To me he did close out that tournament, doesnít matter what happened before that, after 11 and the shell shock on 12 he finished the round playing -2 golf.  Call everything before that whatever, when it mattered he didnít fold and even capitalized.

Is he a closer? Maybe not.  Is he a winner, yes.  Better to be lucky than good...sometimes...and still win.


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 10:52 PM

I like Rickie. Was backing him today, but if he wins a major it’s becuae someone else loses it.
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 10:56 PM

Rickie has been a closer since his TPC title.  That was some golf he displayed winning the TPC title and he showed grit today.
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 10:59 PM

View PostCatty, on 03 February 2019 - 10:52 PM, said:

I like Rickie. Was backing him today, but if he wins a major itís becuae someone else loses it.

Yep..for the most part, that's how he wins any event.

Edited by getitdaily, 03 February 2019 - 11:01 PM.


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 11:00 PM

View Postmosesgolf, on 03 February 2019 - 10:56 PM, said:

Rickie has been a closer since his TPC title.  That was some golf he displayed winning the TPC title and he showed grit today.

Closing implies you're in the doorway, not outside. In the doorway is a metaphor for leading...he didn't close the player's. He won it. Very different mindset winning while in front than winning while chasing...


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 11:06 PM

Rickie handled a lot of adversity with CLASS today.
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 11:08 PM

View Postgetitdaily, on 03 February 2019 - 10:38 PM, said:

View Postrkelso184, on 03 February 2019 - 10:24 PM, said:

if his second ball didn't roll into the water he would have dropped 2 shots sitting at -1. Also, who knows how the rest of the round would have played out.

At what point does everyone stop and think...

Pouring rain, No good scores recorded for the day, A drop that then fell away a second time and the slow play all day NON of which I feel is a reflection of his game? He won and pulled 2 birdies when counted. I think he has done well and to turn around from that 7 speaks volume!

If he didn't chip it over the green into the water then he wouldn't have had to drop on a slope...

If he had taken more club from the rough, he might have reached the green in two.  

Someone elseís turn...

Seriously, Iím glad he recovered and won!


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 11:28 PM

No. On the PGA Tour he is 2 for 7 in closing out 54 hole leads and as previously stated has not shot under par in any of those rounds. He got the job done today. Deserves all the credit for it but he is not a closer.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 11:39 PM

He bounced back after a triple bogey and bogey holes, dropped him into 2nd and went low for the rest of the round? If that's not mental strength, I don't know what is. Regardless Grace dunked it on 17 or not, he still played aggressively for the rest of the round.

lots of people would just go home after what happened to him on hole 11 and 12. I think his mental game is moving in the right direction.
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 11:55 PM

I think there are a lot of people posting on this website who have never played competitive golf.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 12:01 AM

So stoked for Rickie today. Heís wanted this tourney so bad and with failure staring him in the face he maníd up and finished birdie par birdie par to take it.

I donít know how one could not be a fan of Fowler. His demeanor on the course is just incredible. Juxtapose that with the whiny baby that just got tossed from the tournament over in Saudi Arabia, I mean itís night and day.

Fowler seems to have his head on as straight as possible given the success heís had. Sure, he hasnít won as much as he should have, but he seems so grounded and at least from a casual observer, he seems to really appreciate the opportunity he has to play golf for a living and do some cool charity work to boot.

Go Rickie. Iíve always been a fan but today made me a major fan.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 12:05 AM

View PostDarth Putter, on 03 February 2019 - 09:55 PM, said:

He's had 7 54 hole leads in his career.

He's shot over par in the final round all 7 times.

In Rickie's last two wins, he's posted an over par score in the final round.

This pretty much sums it up for everyone. Iím glad he won, I always root for him, but I never feel confident heís gonna win on Sunday when heís leading. If everyone else doesnít play bad golf along with along with him he doesnít win.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 12:49 AM

View Postgetitdaily, on 03 February 2019 - 10:38 PM, said:

View Postrkelso184, on 03 February 2019 - 10:24 PM, said:

if his second ball didn't roll into the water he would have dropped 2 shots sitting at -1. Also, who knows how the rest of the round would have played out.

At what point does everyone stop and think...

Pouring rain, No good scores recorded for the day, A drop that then fell away a second time and the slow play all day NON of which I feel is a reflection of his game? He won and pulled 2 birdies when counted. I think he has done well and to turn around from that 7 speaks volume!

If he didn't chip it over the green into the water then he wouldn't have had to drop on a slope...

He miss judged it by inches...it cost him, bigly....clutch putting on 17, He marries the hottie and wins a major, maybe two. Even Thomas was giving him love today and he is a heck of a closer.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 12:57 AM

View Postgetitdaily, on 03 February 2019 - 10:38 PM, said:

View Postrkelso184, on 03 February 2019 - 10:24 PM, said:

if his second ball didn't roll into the water he would have dropped 2 shots sitting at -1. Also, who knows how the rest of the round would have played out.

At what point does everyone stop and think...

Pouring rain, No good scores recorded for the day, A drop that then fell away a second time and the slow play all day NON of which I feel is a reflection of his game? He won and pulled 2 birdies when counted. I think he has done well and to turn around from that 7 speaks volume!

If he didn't chip it over the green into the water then he wouldn't have had to drop on a slope...
Fowler didn't have to drop on that slope after hitting it in the water. He chose to. He could have taken the penalty and replayed the shot from its original location.

Edited by grm24, 04 February 2019 - 01:29 AM.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 01:47 AM

No


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 02:16 AM

I think the best way to summarize it is confidence can come and go, and IMO he lacks confidence in this type of scenario. Now, with him winning this tournament playing like garbage, a W is a W and that should give him confidence. I have no faith in him winning a Major without having to deal with something as stressful as this. I think this win is way better for him than a Euro Tour win in the heat of trying to catch a leader like in 15' or throwing wedge darts at the Players. I hope this win gives the man some confidence, a respectable guy who id love to see as a role model for more and more up and coming kids

onwards.... . #TheMasters2019   and close it out with a W!

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 02:36 AM

Todayís play after 11, particularly the holed putts and great drive on 17, proved that he can create but recover from adversity.  He really wanted the win, you could see the emotion talking about being there with his father and grandparents.  His putting and driving saved him, and will serve him well when he has to relive this again at Augusta and the Opens.  If he had jacked one into the water on 17, missed some of those knee knockers coming in, not hit a great shot into the par 5, etc, I would say No, heís not a closer. But he closed after that horrific rule on 11, and will be solid heading into the rest of 2019.  1 Major this year.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 02:36 AM

He's closed numerous sponsorship and TV Commercial deals, so clearly the answer is yes.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 03:53 AM

He shot 74 on Sunday. I like him but that's not closing.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 06:00 AM

Considering 54 hole leafs donít guarantee victory I donít care if he is or not. Itís about the win whether come from behind or in the lead.

He showed today that he is mentally strong enough to recover from a bad break and some high scores.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 06:07 AM

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 06:15 AM

Nope... Grace outchoked him. Very happy he won though!

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 07:31 AM

I believe this may be a career year for Rickie. That putt that he drained for a triple, after all the madness that occured, was as clutch as you can get.
That putt alone may put his mindset into another gear and intense self confidence can do wonders for these pro's. He stared down adversity while enduring a round of attrition and prevailed.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 07:48 AM

Rickie is good for golf. He is in many ways the face of the PGA tour. Definitely not a closer but watching JT who is #4 in the world muck up his final round just shows the quality of player we have these days. All these guys have great swings with great track man numbers but whereís the guys who get it done on Sundays. Jack and Tiger were great because they did what they needed to do to win tournaments but having the leader pull a double and triple in the same round and the #4 golfer in the world can not come close to catching him is pretty sad. Grace did his share of choking once he got in position but his world ranking is not that of Thomas.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:00 AM

Post #33 nailed imo.

He could've easily caved in but remained poised and aggressive enroute to what ultimately was a two shot win.

It wasn't pretty at times, but a lessor player I think folds up the tent in the same situation.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:04 AM

He didn't win, he survived.

If this was a US Open, maybe I'd think differently, but this just made me confirm that unless he has a 5 stroke lead or greater going into Sunday he will likely never close out a major championship.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:29 AM

View Postgetitdaily, on 03 February 2019 - 10:09 PM, said:

No. Not even close. He didn't win today. He barely didn't lose it.
flawed logic right here.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:48 AM

Wow, there are some utterly ridiculous statements being made in this thread. Lots of harsh words and judgements by guys who likely can't even close out the "B" flight of their club championship and would crap their pants in a member-guest shootout...NET...lol!

Rickie won. He made some mistakes and got some really bad breaks, but still he got it done. Plenty of examples of guys who did not win their first major until later in their careers. Rickie is only 30, he's got time and he'll get at least one IMO.

Edit to add: Looks to be lots of closers in this thread, they're all just missing the "c."  😉

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:53 AM

View Postgrm24, on 04 February 2019 - 12:57 AM, said:

View Postgetitdaily, on 03 February 2019 - 10:38 PM, said:

View Postrkelso184, on 03 February 2019 - 10:24 PM, said:

if his second ball didn't roll into the water he would have dropped 2 shots sitting at -1. Also, who knows how the rest of the round would have played out.

At what point does everyone stop and think...

Pouring rain, No good scores recorded for the day, A drop that then fell away a second time and the slow play all day NON of which I feel is a reflection of his game? He won and pulled 2 birdies when counted. I think he has done well and to turn around from that 7 speaks volume!

If he didn't chip it over the green into the water then he wouldn't have had to drop on a slope...
Fowler didn't have to drop on that slope after hitting it in the water. He chose to. He could have taken the penalty and replayed the shot from its original location.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:01 AM

Rickie Fowler in final rounds with a 54 hole lead/co-lead.

Combined score of +18

-14.26 strokes gained tee to green.
-13.36 strokes gained total.


Yeah, he's not a closer.


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