We Miss Rickie Fowler & His Victory Champagne

.. Albany, The Bahamas 

The appearance of a carton of beer in the fridge of the Hero World Challenge media centre reminded me of Richie Fowler.

Let me explain.

American Kevin Kisner celebrated just a second PGA Tour ace in his career in holing out, using a 6-iron at the par-3 12th hole on day three of the Hero World Challenge.

There was no brand new Hero motor-bike nor the keys to a luxury Albany apartment but just the honour on the next tee, on route to Kisner posting a 77 and slump to a share of 19th place in the $US3m event.

Abu Dhabi champ Rickie Folwer takes a selfie of the media and with Bernie right in the middle

No sooner had Kisner completed his round and a case of Sands Light beer appeared in the medie centre fridge and with a note to say it was with the compliments of Kisner.

Strangely, there was a similar scenario on day two of this week’s co-sanctioned South African Open when Irish-born tour rookie Tom McKibbin aced the 11th hole on the Blair Atholl course in Joburg.  There was not a spectator to be seen looking at TV coverage of McKibbin’s maiden Tour ace nor was there a gleaming new car on show or a pot of cash, not even a bottle of bubbly.

Nonetheless, Kibbin arrange for a couple of cases of beer to be delivered to the media centre and, no doubt, much to the delight to the media as were the beers that Kisner arranged to be delivered here today at the Hero World Challenge.

It’s not the first time players such as McKibbin and Kisner go to such measures as there’s a long history of celebrating a tournament ace with the media.

Though the best was Fowler as his management team, and each time Ricky won a tournament, they would arrange for a case of champagne to be delivered to the media centre.  This was the scenario for both his DP World Tour wins – 2015 Scottish Open and the following year’s early 2016 triumph in capturing the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship.

“I guess it’s almost become a little bit of a tradition now,” said Fowler of the bubbly. “Got to celebrate a win. No better place to start than with all you guys.”

Check out the photograph above and you can see this writer right in the front row raising a glass of bubby in Rickie’s honour.

And while Rickie’s had five PGA Tour wins it’s been a long time between champagne toasts since his last victory at the 2019 WM Phoenix Open.


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