Shark to inspect Rickie Fowlers game


NAPLES, Fla. – One of Greg Norman’s goals as he wanders about Tiburon Golf Club as an observer in today’s first round of the Shark Shootout will be a first-hand scouting report of the up-and-coming Rickie Fowler.

Norman has only watched him on television.

“Watching the Golf Channel, that’s about all,” Norman said. “I’m going to see how his game is. I’ve spoken to a few players that have watched him, said he’s a tremendous player, a lot of speed. Technically, I couldn’t make an honest assessment, because I haven’t seen either way.”

Fowler goes off at 10:07 a.m. Eastern time with Chris DiMarco as his playing partner in the modified-alternate shot format. In this format, each player on the two-man teams hits a drive at every hole with the player whose drive is not selected hitting the second shot.

Fowler, who lost in a playoff at the Open in just his second start as a PGA Tour pro two months ago, earned his PGA Tour card tying for 15th at Q-School on Monday.

'I'd definitely like to see myself going into next year and giving myself opportunities to win,' Fowler said. 'I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be at the top of the leaderboards if I play well.'