The media was looking to create a compelling story of Rickie Fowler not showing enough emotion after a loss. Fowler should continue to not bite though.
Rickie Fowler recently received criticism for not being angry enough after losing the U.S. Open. Running from his reputation as a choke artist is becoming increasingly difficult after a rough finish. Fowler went into the final round only two strokes behind the leader. A sloppy finish put him six strokes behind Brooks Koepka, who went on to win the championship. Despite a clearly frustrating end, Fowler still refused to wear his heart on his sleeve.
“I’ve always been someone who has controlled my emotions. On and off the golf course. Part of the reason that I may have not looked upset at Erin Hills was because I’m not going to show it. Of course I was disappointed that I didn’t get the job done.”
There is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping your composure even after a tough break. Granted, nobody is perfect when it comes to keeping their tempers in a sporting event. Even all-time great athletes such as Tiger Woods, Tom Brady and Kobe Bryant have vented their frustrations in the public eye at times. Plus, almost anyone who has golfed before has wanted to throw their club at some point or let slip a few swear words after a bad shot.
However, golf is well-known for being a sport that requires incredible mental fortitude. Showing extreme emotion is counterproductive in a sport like golf. This is not a contact sport that brings out aggression like football or hockey.
Golf is an individual sport that primarily requires shooting the ball with the right form and staying concentrated on the path your ball takes. Showing excessive anger only makes things worse and can destroy your mental game. Instead, Fowler made a wise decision on his next course of action.
“I put myself in good position and gave myself a chance. I was pleased about that. But at the same time, we did have a good chance going into Sunday and I was upset I didn’t get the job done, but getting angry? Start showing that I’m mad? That doesn’t work for me.”
Despite his inability to win a major yet, Fowler’s accomplishments should not be discounted completely. He is still only 28 years old, and winning four PGA Tour tournaments is no small feat. Coming in second at the U.S. Open in 2014 is also a noteworthy achievement. Fowler’s approach and attitude have helped him become this good already.
There is no need to question him and suggest that he show more emotion just because you want to see a more interesting story. His lack of public anger has not cost him a chance to win a major. Dustin Johnson didn’t win his first major until age 32. Johnson is not the only professional golfer to win their first major after turning 30.
Fowler should keep being himself, and no ridiculous Skip Bayless comment or Twitter trolling barrage should change his mind.