LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After signing for an 8-under-par 64 and becoming the leader in the clubhouse Friday morning at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, Justin Leonard was asked about the first-round leader, Rickie Fowler.
Leonard, a 12-time PGA Tour winner, played with Fowler in the third round at the Frys.com Open, where Fowler went on to lose in a playoff in just his second PGA Tour start as a pro. Leonard and Fowler both shot 69s in that third round together.
“He’s got a very solid game, hits the ball a good way, has a great short game, makes a lot of putts,” Leonard said. “That’s a great combination, and he's got a lot of confidence right now in the way he's playing, as well he should. It's fun to see a young player like that come right out of college and do so well. He certainly has the kind of the pedigree to be playing the way he's playing.”
Leonard is among the small hand full of players who earned their Tour cards right out of college without going to Q-School. Fowler's trying to join Leonard in that select group. Leonard did so on the strength of a third-place finish at the Anheuser-Busch Classic in his third PGA Tour start that season.