After making a good start Rickie Fowler the 2017-’18 campaign has gone quiet for some time. But recently, during Houston Open he has shown signs of recapturing his form of the early season. The most promising and positive one came on Thursday in Humble, Texas, at the Golf Club of Houston. Here Fowler carded a six-under 66, this shot put him within the lead of two strokes in the first round of the Houston Open, which was delayed because of overnight rain.
Fowler said “I did a nice job tee-to-green; really it was great to make some putts and also made some longer ones. On the course there are ample softer greens, and it was really a fun to play there. You could certainly play pretty aggressively even in case you miss the fairway,” Fowler is ranked second in the field in strokes gained/putting. He made amazing three birdie putts from 30 feet, along with carding four other birdies and only one bogey on the round.
Furyk would make a fantastic Ryder captain someday, the experts have opined. It could even be within a couple of years. Yes, it’s true that picking Furyk as a probable captain might seem to be a baffling decision. He has got 7 runner-up finishes from his last victory 4 years back. Moreover, he’s specifically ridiculed by the American fans during the Ryder Cup periods given underwhelming nine-seventeen-four record.
However, such numbers underscore some really significant points about him. First of all, he has been a good enough player for quite long period of time. Then, he is still being selected for the American teams even when he is in mid-40s. Most importantly, this man simply gets it. The word “it” here implies all subtle hints of competition and strategy which have eluded a number of captain at some point of time.
In one of his recent interview session, Jim came up with a very thoughtful discussion which included a very simple idea which usually gets overlooked whilst players are paired in 2 separate squad formats.
“One might wish to have 2 guys who follow similar game style to play golf in a 4-some match together which makes him feel that he is playing the similar ball”, Jim explained. “One might prefer to get 2 guys who are playing completely opposite to one another so one can attack some specific holes in different ways.”
It is no rocket science- yet it has been this way to the captains- during many seasons of the golf competition.
“I feel it would be intelligent to pair the players not just according to the physical quotient of their games but also on the basis of their temperament. There are varied ways to do that. You might complement the golfers by various things.”