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PGA TOUR: What It Means: July 4, 2011

Posted By Jeremy Schilling On Jul 4 2011 @ 2:47 pm In PGA | No Comments

A champion rising to the moment again starts this week’s What It Means:

1) Nick Watney’s win yesterday at the AT&T National is another win in a top-flight event to add to his resume. It’s his second of the year — he won at Doral earlier this year — and now is the leader on the money list.

His new putter came in handy, sinking clutch par putts on the front nine to keep his momentum going and ultimately leading him to victory. Watney’s talent has been known for a long time, and he’s had a couple close calls at majors in recent years. If he can keep the flatstick going, watch out at the British or PGA. He really could win.

2) Rickie Fowler needs to win, and needs to win soon. Yesterday’s disappointing 74 was another in a string of bad Sunday’s after getting himself in contention after 54 holes.

Look, I love Rickie, but I really believe he needs to win soon or else all these disappointments may go to his head and begin to be a crutch to him winning. He needs to develop a killer instinct to win on Sunday. If he can do that…I still contend…watch out.

3) If I’m Tiger Woods I sit out the British Open. Besides the fact that it would give him three extra weeks of rest before the Firestone-PGA Championship back-to-back, it would also give him time to work his game back up to snuff. Could he go to the British next week off little practice and win? Maybe. But this plan would ensure that he’d get good practice sessions with Sean Foley in before going on the final charge towards Glory’s Last Shot, and ultimately give him a better shot of victory.

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