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Forgive me, Rickie. I was a hater. I was the guy vocally rooting against you in every major, and my only justification was your wild ass color schemes and that terrible flat billed hat.
I regret all of it. Okay, the hat still bothers me, but I own multiple rope hats, so I can’t really talk. Not only have I relinquished the Rickie Fowler #1 Hater Title Belt, but I’ve completely reversed course on the guy. I’m still a Tiger guy (a Tiger guy with a massive case of Tiger blue balls, otherwise known as Tiger balls), and Spieth is my leader, but I’m pulling for Rickie. He’s a good dude.
Yesterday, after his hole-in-one, Rickie picked up some ice cold beers for members of the media. So legit. I’m sure stuff like this happens all the time and we aren’t privy to it, but you know it was a solid move.
The real turning occurred a few months back when a Sports Illustrated poll of PGA Tour players found that Rickie, and Ian Poulter, were thought to be the most overrated players on Tour. Rickie responded by going HAM at The Players Championship, finishing birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie to win. Awesome move. I found myself low-key fist pumping every time he drained a putt. “Wait, what am I doing?” I wondered after letting out a primal, “YES” grunt. The answer? Enjoying one of golf’s up and coming young guns, and not letting his questionable appearance ruin that for me.
And if all that wasn’t enough, the young Tour heartthrob decided to go and start dating a swimsuit model. Dude has it all. Okay, he doesn’t have a major, but it’s only a matter of time.
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— Foxy Index (@FoxyIndex) July 20, 2015
Good for you, Rickie. The next time I see some arrogant little 14-year-old dressed in bright orange with a flat bill, I’ll try not to hold that against you. .