Rude: Good "omen" for Fowler, Bubba, Leishman

Paula Creamer signs autographs for Thai fans after the second round of LPGA Thailand golf tournament in Pattaya, southern Thailand on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.

Rude: Good "omen" for Fowler, Bubba, Leishman

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Rude: Good "omen" for Fowler, Bubba, Leishman

GULLANE, Scotland –- OK, here’s the annual report on omens.

In 1997, Justin Leonard was on my flight to Scotland. Sensing an omen, I bet him to win. He did. So did I.

In 2004, Todd Hamilton was on my flight to Scotland. Then I saw him on the street the night before the Open. He was such a long shot that I ignored the omen and did not bet on him.

Never again, I said. I’ve been betting omens, without much success, ever since.

That brings us to this week. On my flight to Scotland yesterday were Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Marc Leishman.

So I informed Fowler at baggage claim in Edinburgh: “Good news for you. Justin Leonard and Todd Hamilton were on my flights over here the years they won.”

Fowler replied, “I guess I just have to beat Bubba and Leishman. Maybe it will be a playoff.”

Maybe. For certain is this: I’m betting Fowler, if not the two others.

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