Rickie Fowler got off to a disappointing start to his rookie season Thursday at the Sony Open in Hawaii with a first-round 75, but he’s known for turnarounds.
Just ask Scotty Cameron, the popular putter maker. He told me a story today about the shot-making turnaround he was witness to while playing with Fowler at the Soboba Classic on the Nationwide Tour last fall.
Fowler put together his “dream foursome” for the pro-am at the event. He invited his father, Rod, and Cameron to join AMA Motorcyle Hall of Famers Broc Glover and Jeremy McGrath to play with him.
At the end of the day, after everyone but Rickie hit at the 18th tee, Rickie wandered to the back of the tee box, where a friend of his, a left-handed player, had just pulled up. Rickie plucked his friend’s left-handed driver out of the bag and proceeded to tee his ball up with the left-handed club in hand. Rickie’s right-handed.
“Rickie drives it left-handed, and he puts it 20 yards past all of us,” Cameron said. 'I hit it about 260 and he hit it about 280, right down the middle. He was so natural left-handed, it was scary, but it was cool.”
Fowler will need to be playing down the middle a lot today to make the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii, but Cameron's story is further evidence of what you keep hearing on Tour, that Fowler can impress with a variety of shots you don’t normally see.
So if Fowler doesn’t turn it around today, look for a turnaround at the Bob Hope Classic when he tees it up next week.