The debonair orange-and-pink-loving Rickie Fowler could be seeing all red–or just blue skies ahead after his performance in golf’s 2014 majors. Fowler, who came in third at last weekend’s PGA championship, finished in the top five at all four majors this year. That’s the blue skies. The seeing red might come because Fowler didn’t win any of them. (If only Rory McIlroy had remained engaged to Caroline Wozniacki, things might have been different!)
But those kinds of high finishes bode well for Fowler, especially in a sport that (very handsomely) rewards consistency. All the talk about Tiger Woods chasing Jack Nicklaus and his record of 18 majors usually skirted a very significant fact: Nicklaus not only won 18 majors–he came in second an astonishing 19 times! And he finished in the top three 48 times! (Even if Woods somehow rights his ship to challenge Jack’s 18 majors, he’ll never come close to matching the Golden Bear’s runner-up finishes.) Rickie Fowler showed Nicklaus kind of consistency this year. Watch out in 2015, Rory.