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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 276
YOUR SAY WE NEED MORE RICKIES WHAT a shame it is when a player can be criticised for being a good person. Your story on Rickie Fowler (No More Mr.Nice Guy, GA Express 275) I think missed the mark and presented the wrong message for our upcoming sportsmen and women. The message that the only way you can be a winner is to not be nice or be a decent human being, which is simply misdirected. I was lucky enough to see Fowler play at the Australian PGA. I took my 12-year-old son, who wore his orange flat cap, to Royal Pines and we followed him for a round. After making a birdie on one hole, he walked off the green and gave his ball to my son. After a brief chat he left to walk to the next tee. The small act ensured he had two fans for life. At a time when every Tour or governing body in the game is trying to "grow the game" and get youngsters interested, I suggest the answer is simple. We need more Rickies. We need more nice guys willing to engage with fans and not obsess about winning to the point where they see signing an autograph as a chore not a privilege. George Ricketts Via email THE 'IT' GUY READING Rod Morri's column (The Joy Of Watching Players Who Have 'It', GA Express 275) I couldn't help but think he omitted mentioning one of the great 'It' players of today. Jordan Spieth has already proven on many occasions he has 'It' – holing bunker shots and long putts, under pressure, to either keep his round on track or to win tournaments. Watching him play is mesmerising sometimes. He could be standing over a chip and you can't help but believe he's going to hole it. If Seve Ballesteros was the 'It' guy of the 80s, Greg Norman of the 80s and 90s, Tiger of the 2000s, then Spieth is the 'It' guy for this decade and beyond. Tim Johnson Via email The Big Q HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE GAME YOU LOVE THIS WEEK'S POLL WHAT'S YOUR VIEW? Want to get something off your chest, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org LAST POLL RESULTS 35% YES IS RICKIE FOWLER TOO NICE FOR HIS OWN GOOD? 65% NO Facebook “ f ” Logo CMYK / .ai Facebook “f ” Logo CMYK / .ai FOLLOW & LIKE US ON www.golfaustralia.com.au Jordan Spieth is the 'It' player of his generation.
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