PALM CITY — The only way most of us would hold a course record is if we were the first ones to play a golf course.
And it would probably last until the second group finished.
Rickie Fowler, who has won four times on the PGA Tour, including the recent Honda Classic, can’t even keep track of the number of course records he owns.
“I have no clue how many I have, which ones still stand,” he said.
But Fowler knows which one means the most to him: The 11-under 60 he shot at the Floridian on Feb. 18, 2016. It started innocently enough with five pars, before he made consecutive eagles on the 301-yard, par-4 sixth hole and the 577-yard, par-5 seventh.
He added seven birdies on the back nine for a 29, “settling” for the 60 that still brings a smile to his face.
“This one is definitely special, being that it is one of my lowest,” Fowler said while watching last week’s Valspar Collegiate Invitational at the Floridian.
There were other special qualities about the round, including the other players in his foursome. Two of them won have won majors on the LPGA Tour – Suzann Pettersen and Yani Tseng – and the other was his coach, Butch Harmon.
Not a bad quartet. Two of them marveled at Fowler’s round while the other remained unusually silent.
“What was nice was Butch didn’t have a lot to say or comment on what I needed to do with my game,” Fowler said. “He just said, ‘Yeah, keep doing that.’”
There’s another reason why holding the Floridian course record is meaningful to the 28-year-old Fowler. He may have grown up in California and went to college in Oklahoma – he was at Valspar to root on Oklahoma State – but his home clearly is in South Florida.
Fowler moved to Jupiter in 2009 and recently bought a $11 million home on the waterfront. Like most of the PGA Tour players who…