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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 146
T HE pros on the PGA Tour had it wrong. Rickie Fowler wasn’t overrated. Overrated is the wrong word. Most people rated him as precisely what he was: a very good golfer but a step or two below the kings of the sport; a player who could contend most weeks, but lacked that final killer punch to get things done at the back end of a tough Sunday. But Fowler is, or at least was, most certainly overhyped. Garish clothing, a distinctive style and poster-boy looks made him a marketer’s dream, even if his results were serviceable without ever nailing a big one. It had delivered him immense sponsorship riches – without a big title. Well now he’s nailed a big one. Not the big one, but a big one nonetheless. You don’t make it onto the Players Championship winners list by accident. There were 41 winners at the so-called “fifth major” prior to this year’s event. Twenty-nine of them have a major victory on their resume. Adam Scott collected a Players title a decade before he broke through at Augusta in 2013. Steve Elkington saluted at the 1991 Players, and then jagged a PGA Championship in 1995. Tom Kite won it in 1989 and followed it up with his first and only major at the US Open in 1992. Others collected a major first, then swung by to pick up a Players title later in their careers. But what it does prove is that very few Players Championship successes are a flash in a pan. FOWLER HAS FINISHED INSIDE THE TOP 10 AT FIVE OF THE PAST EIGHT MAJORS. KEY STAT
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