Fowler arrives at Disney with eye on Kodak
Sunday, January 23, 2011
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It's “Go Time” for Rickie Fowler. Seems as if he’s been on the go non-stop, too. Since the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September, Fowler has traveled nearly 30,000 miles going from the U.S. to the U.K., the east to the west coast, Malaysia, China, and points in between. And yet here he is at Disney World for the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, the 27th event of his rookie campaign, seeking his maiden victory, not to mention $1 million.
When Fowler, a Twitter-buff, signs off with his signature pre-round tweet of “Go Time,” he will have extra incentive on Disney’s Magnolia Course is the par-4 No. 17, which is this week’s Kodak Challenge hole. Fowler trails by one stroke in the winner-take-all $1 million Kodak Challenge, which consists of a player's best cumulative score on 18 of 30 select holes throughout the year.
“It’s a million bucks. So obviously it got me here to Disney and has me participating one shot back on the last hole,” he said. “When I step up on 17, I’ll be thinking about going out and trying to make a birdie there.”
Fowler skipped a practice round after the long flight from China, but don’t expect too much rest for the weary. He already has planned a miniature golf date at night with several of his competitors and is scheduled to appear in the Skills Challenge following the Disney on Monday and Tuesday.
Fowler is one of those golfers who truly loves the game, who admits he’ll probably still be on the golf course every day once his off-season begins. In fact, he wouldn’t mind adding another tournament, that one in Kapalua after the New Year for winners-only. A win and he’s in.
“That would be a way to cap off the year and definitely fill that empty space that is in there,” he said. “If I happen to win, then we’ll start a little bit earlier.”