Everybody's all atwitter about the PGA rookie season of Rickie Fowler, the painter-capped wunderkind who stormed his way onto the Tour late last year with some spectacular performances in tournaments and Q School. And while we could desperately use a good golf story these days, we need look no farther back than this time last year, when everybody was all atwitter over young Danny Lee.
In 2008, Lee became the youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur, and early in 2009 he won the Johnny Walker Classic in Australia. Everything was setting up perfectly for him to become one of the most dominant young golfers in the game.
Lee is a snappy dresser and a charismatic performer on the course -- check this gallery of photos -- but so far, that hasn't quite translated to wins. After turning pro following his Masters debut, he faltered in tournament after tournament.
"It's all a bit of a blur," he told New Zealand's Times Live. (Visor tip: Local Knowledge.) "I can't really remember much. The cut and thrust of competition on the PGA Tour took me by surprise. It was harder than I thought it would be. It's not easy. There are just lots of good player out there and that's what makes it most difficult. They're all good players."
Indeed. Lee fell off the edge of the map and failed out of the first round of Q School, and so he took the European Tour route. Unfortunately, in his first event of 2010 -- the Africa Open last week -- he shot 77-77 and missed the cut.
None of this is to say that Danny Lee won't be a fine pro someday. But just not today. It's worth remembering that starting hot is fine, but staying hot is the key.