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Let’s be clear about this: there were no losers yesterday. Sure, maybe all of us fawning over a bunch of twenty-somethings we’ve never met were the real losers, but that’s neither here nor there. What we witnessed via the miracle of Snapchat was unprecedented access into the lives of 4 professional golfers in their twenties that all pretty much have life by the balls. If you somehow missed out on the fun yesterday, we covered it extensively here. With that being said, the Chill Sitch known as Fowler, Spieth and Friends #sb2K16 will go down as a monumental day for USA Golf.
In my younger years, I was a little bit anti-Rickie, but I’ve done a complete 180 on that stance over the last year or so. After yesterday, Rickie may have vaulted himself into my top 7. I’m sure he’ll be pumped about that. Yesterday, we saw a side of Rickie that we always wanted to see, and boy did he delivered. Party Time Rickie may be the best Rickie. It’s no slight that the next young gun American to win his first major is ranked at 4, so please don’t get it twisted. But right now, I have to imagine the dude is moving a little bit slow with his back looking like this:
Ugh. You’ve got to lather up. There’s nothing wrong with making Smylie give the shoulders a quick rubdown with some SPF 30. Rookie move, but I respect it. At least his coworkers will know he’s been on vacation when he gets back to the mainland.
I bet you saw who wrote this and thought there was no way Spieth wasn’t firmly positioned at 1, right? I wrestled with it, but in the end, it would’ve just been lazy to put GOAT at the top. But that’s by no means meant to be an insult to what our boy did yesterday, because he had himself a time.
From the moment you saw him ripping (hooking?) drives in a bathing suit, you knew the day was going to be special. And then we got access to something we rarely, if ever, get to see – a professional club toss. [UPDATE 2:20 p.m. CST] : We are receiving a few reports that Justin Thomas may have been the club tosser. Either way, it’s badass, and my rankings still stand.
Wow. That’s the sign of a guy who knows what he’s doing. Just a tomahawk chunk that flawlessly pierces the beautifully manicured fairway of a private resort. Frat.
2. Justin Thomas
What a day for this young man. You don’t play college golf at Bama and not learn how to throw down on Spring Break. While I don’t have the numbers to prove it, I’m willing to bet that JT’s Snap following spiked by 10,000%. He went from “He and Spieth are boys and he’s a really good young player” to “Holy F have you seen what’s going down on this dude’s Snap?” Big value add here. Plus, this pic just screams “Play on, playa.”
1. Smylie Kaufman
Of course, this dude won the day. It’s debatable whether he or Justin Thomas was more recognizable to the casual golf fan, but after yesterday, Smylie clearly skyrocketed into every dude who’s way past his prime’s top 10. Look at that pic. He’s basically every guy I partied with in college. This kid went from being a little bit hated for being a threat to Spieth at The Masters (oops) to just being a chill kid going hard on vacay.
Love that he rocked the Curry too. While many would expect a dude that’s 24 and on a fucking island to be rocking a Raptors Vince Carter throwback like he was at a low-rim basketball tournament at Texas FIJI, he went with the damn MVP. Power move, Smylie..
Images via Rickie Fowler Snapchat “rickiefowler15” and Justin Thomas Snapchat “jlthomas34”