Sizing up the TV coverage from the Wells Fargo Championship ... and away we go.
Rickie Fowler had a lot riding on his birdie putt to win his first PGA Tour tournament. Little did he know he was also trying to help Jim Nantz save face from a premature call following the pinpoint wedge on the first playoff hole.
After stuffing the shot to within five feet, Nantz decided to make the call early, proclaiming Fowler's approach to be the best wedge shot of his career.
"Rickie Fowler, trying to get PGA Tour win number one, just hit the best wedge shot of his career. What did it look like from the blimp (switching to an overhead view)? It looked like a dart. ... [Quail Hollow is] the perfect place, it makes sense that this would be the place for him to get his first win."
The only problem with the call? Fowler still had to make the putt, setting up a potentially awkward moment if he missed. I understand trying to build things up, but to call it the best wedge shot of his life before the putt? One miss and it would've become a tournament footnote.
Call it a great shot if you want; but the "best wedge shot of his career line" would have looked silly had Fowler botched the putt and gone on to lose on the next playoff hole. It was a gamble by Nantz that paid off, and when you look at it that way, maybe that's why he's one of the best in the business.
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