How about this for a bit of advice from your best-in-the world coach: Stop trying to be a Kardashian sister and be a golf pro.
That’s essentially what Rickie Fowler’s coach, the renowned Butch Harmon, told him after a lackluster 2016 campaign.
Fowler came charging out of the gates at Erin Hills, and many think he’s on the way to his first major on the heels of an opening 65. However, it’s worth noting Fowler didn’t win on the PGA Tour last year after showing great promise in 2014 and 2015.
He’s been on form this season, however, with a win at the Honda Classic and five top-10 finishes in 12 starts. Now, we know he’s been working with Butch Harmon since 2014, so what changed?
Well, based on what Harmon told Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte, it seems the coach and his student had a serious discussion at the end of 2016 in which Harmon referenced America’s favorite “why are they famous” sisters.
“We had a big conversation at the end of the year last year, and he didn’t like it. I said, ‘You gotta decide are you going to be a Kardashian or are you going to be a golf pro? You’re the king of social media, you’re all over these Snapchats and all these things.’”
Now, you have to love the reference to “all over the Snapchats.” Second, Harmon himself has been out of the social media game since a series of Twitter flaps and publicly questioning the confidence of one of his ex students, so you gotta respect the fact that he’s somehow keeping tabs on “Snapchats” and the like.
Anyway, Harmon also had this to say.
“I just wanted to draw a parallel to someone who has gotten a lot of fame without doing much. Rickie is a good golfer, but he had to get back to being a golfer. He didn’t like it when I said that. If I was him, I wouldn’t like it either, but it has motivated him to work harder and show me, which is the whole idea of telling him that.”
Damn, right, Butch. First of all, excellent work throwing shade at the Kardashians. Second of all, brilliant stuff motivating Fowler, a guy for whom the “good life” seems to be pretty good and the motivation level to, say, hit the gym and practice, has flagged at points in his brief career.
If Rickie Fowler goes on to win this U.S. Open, the chapter title for this portion of his career in the Rickie Fowler story will be “I decided I didn’t want to be a Kardashian.”