Rickie Fowler is perched inside the top five at The Memorial. On a week when he confessed he’d rather still be on the beach with his girlfriend, we didn’t know what to expect from the Oklahoma State alum.
But with one shot both tactful and fortunate to close his opening round, Fowler let everyone know he’s in it to win it this week.
Fowler was facing an impossible shot from a back bunker with the super quick putting surface sloping away from him. In fact, Nick Faldo even said, “good luck keeping it on the green,” during the telecast.
In order to keep it on the green, Fowler needed the perfect strike with a load of hand speed to maximize the spin the ball would exit the bunker with. It’s a precise shot that most players on Tour wouldn’t tackle, just chunking it on the green softly and hoping it’d stay on the front edge. Needless to say, he got what he was looking for, holing out for a birdie three. Watch this wonder shot.
The spin … 😮
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Also from the “These Guys are Good” files. Tournament leader, Jason Dufner dunked an approach shot amid a true ball-striking clinic in which he’s hit more than 86 percent of greens through two rounds.
Check out Duff Daddy finding the clown’s mouth from the fairway. Also worth noting: this may be the most animated Jason Dufner has ever been on a golf course. Seriously. Dufner’s lack of on-course emotion is a tired trope, but this may realistically be his most dynamic celebration since grabbing his (now ex-)wife’s butt after winning the PGA Championship.
Both of these guys are making moves this week. Could this be telling of what’s to come for the U.S. Open in two weeks? Not a bad way to prepare either way.