The problem with hype is that it has a date of expiry.
In case Rickie Fowler, this seems very true. No young golfer in the recent time has been enjoyed so much hyped as the Rickie Fowler enjoyed. It was because of the combined effect of the initiative sponsors and the loyalty of his supporter. Since the player’s starting days of the PGA Tour, Fowler has continued to peak until, well, it expired.
But, it is not his fault and not even of his close ones. The Younger players Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth got the similar hype and they won major championships right away. They followed the path of Tiger Woods, who had the dominance over the game for a long period of time.
No major was won by Fowler and even not yet. So far, he has appeared in 29 career major, but he hasn’t won any championship still. Nevertheless, he came close, with top-5 finishes for the five times in his career, including at all four majors of 2014. Unlike Spieth and McIlroy and many other players who have won the events, he has never experienced the sense that remains a mix of relief and delight that comes after winning one. But, that is perfectly all right.
Dustin Johnson, who is the defending champion in the 2017 U.S. Open, didn’t win even a single major until he was 32. The same is the story of Phil Mickelson, until 33 he was famously shut out. Sergio Garcia until 37 didn’t get the monkey off his back.
These cite an example why, after having an opening-round 7-under-par 65, Fowler wasn’t nervous or anxious about the victory.
In an interview he said, I have to play a lot of golf and with every win or lose, I gain experience which works for me.