Vousden on The Players…

May 12 2015

Thought for the Day
If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?

A close run thing
For a while there the Players Championship, which the Americans keep on trying, unsuccessfully, to talk up as the fifth major, looked like being a damp squib. With the greatest respect, the names at the top of the leaderboard did not feature in anyone’s list of best golfers in the world; in some cases they possibly weren’t the best golfers in their family. Names like Kevin Kisner, Ben Martin, Brian Harman, John Senden, Kevin Na, Chris Kirk and (apologies) Jamie Donaldson don’t quite set the pulse racing, especially as the PGA Tour constantly promotes its flagship event as having the strongest field in golf.

But then Rickie Fowler, who has talent to burn, as he demonstrated last season by recording a top-five finish in all four majors, finally converted a significant amount of his potential into achievement. Six-under par for the last six holes to force Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner into a three-man playoff was masterful but we are constantly told that attacking from behind is much easier than front-running. That Fowler was able to hold his nerve through a four hole playoff, during which he twice birdied the notorious 17th, something he also did in regulation play, bodes well for his future.

Ricky Fowler and GF

More than most
At the other end of the professional spectrum, last week New Zealander Michael Campbell announced his retirement from Tour golf, a decade after he (more…)

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