Fowler lands a whopper before a Tour card


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – It was an eventful week at Q-School for phenom Rickie Fowler. On Monday he secured his first trip to the PGA Tour, finishing tied for 15th at 11 under, and only days before he landed his first sailfish just off the Florida coast.

Fowler landed the 80-pound, 90-inch monster on Tuesday fishing with his girlfriend’s father, Tour regular Olin Browne, after a 45-minute battle.

By comparison, Fowler’s trophy fish, which he released, seemed to be the toughest part of his week.

“I knew the worst I could do was play the Nationwide Tour so today was just kind of a fun day,” Fowler said of his final-round 70.

The fun will continue for Fowler this week in Naples, Fla., where he will pair with Chris DiMarco at the Merrill Lynch Shootout.

“I can’t wait to get over there and talk with Chris. Work on a game plan so we can win,” he said.

Whereas Tiger Woods had “hello world” when he burst onto the Tour scene a decade ago, Fowler’s pace suggests he has no time for introductions. Just more golf, and maybe a few more sailfish.