So are we shocked that Rickie Fowler won a tournament? Are you wondering why he hasn't more often? Well evidently many of his peers on tour think so. A survey of Tour players earlier in the week asked who the most overrated golfers were on tour...25% said Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter. WOW...really? OK, sure he had only won 1 time in his short career, but he is a money making machine on tour. He has made Ryder Cups and President Cup teams. He is only 1 of 3 golfers in history...that's all of modern golf's history...that have finished in the top 5 of all four majors in a single season. The other two are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods...HMMM. That means NONE of the golfers who rated Rickie as overrated have even come close to that feat.
What does being overrated mean? Does that mean that a lot of people say you are good but you aren't really that good? What's the standard that is being applied to determine if someone is overrated? If Fowler had won 3 times or won a major would he all of a sudden not be overrated? Is Rickie overrated because he has a great marketing team that has put him at the forefront of American golf? He is a golfer and business man...so I say good for him that his brand is so marketable and well known. If someone could clue us all in as to what really makes someone overrated at the age of 26. I guess a lot of his peers thought his true ability hadn't matched up to the hype that his phenomenal team has presented or that his millions of fans all want to see.
One last comment. Whoever conducts surveys that ask ridiculous and impossible questions that can never be truly measured are simply just trying to find controversy. I think Rickie said it best after the event when he was asked if the survey results had bothered or inspired him? He said; "I think the trophy right here answers anything you need to know."