I know I should have posted this last weekend, but I dropped the ball and I was reminded of it this afternoon at Harbour Town, site of The Heritage.
At last week’s Texas Valero Open, Cameron Tringale, Rickie Fowler’s roommate, was in contention. Throughout the tournament, Rickie was cheering on Cam via Twitter. Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman asked Rickie what he’d get him if he won and Rickie replied, “I will buy him some balloons.” I got a good crack because I assumed he was referring to this interview during the Steve Marino Ping Pong Invitational, where Cam makes up a rambling story about how he and Rickie met. “Yeah, like four people would get the joke,” Rickie said after playing in The Heritage pro-am and signing a gazillion autographs.
Well, now all of you can, too! If you missed this video last month, here it is again — go to about the 4-minute mark (or the 3:25 mark if you want to hear Cam’s interview in its entirety and Rickie’s very funny one starts at 4:29).
Unfortunately, Rickie didn’t have to get Cam any balloons. He finished T5 in Texas.
Oh, you’re wondering what Rickie thinks of this week’s tourney?
He’s feeling good about his game (when are they not, right?) and excited to tee it up. Last year he finished tied for eighth. Rickie says the key to playing well at Harbour Town is “hitting the ball solid.”
“You get a lot of wind that swirls around in the trees and the greens are small,” he said. “If you’re driving the ball well and on some of these greens, if you hit it in the middle, you have a good look at birdie. Ballstriking is big this week. It’s a shotmakers course.”
Rickie’s caddie, Joe Skovron says flight control and distance control are most important this week.
On some holes, if you hit it on the wrong side of the fairway, you still won’t have a shot to the green because you’ll be blocked by trees and such.
As you may know, The Heritage doesn’t have a sponsor and the much-loved, long-time tour stop is in danger of perishing from the PGA Tour schedule. “It’d be a bummer to see it go,” said Rickie, who holds a special place in his heart for the event.
“I love this place. It’s one of the places I look forward to coming to every year. Fun course, great tournament and great crowds. It was my first PGA Tour start as an amateur, my first PGA Tour event ever. It’s special to me in that way and a place I like coming to.”
Save The Heritage! Seriously.