This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
There aren't many things in golf right now that would be bigger than a Rickie Fowler win. Oh, Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson, sure. But that's almost an unfair comparison. Maybe No. 2 would be a Rory McIlroy win.
Both Fowler and McIlroy have been struggling – Fowler much more so – but they remain among the most popular players in the game, and perhaps the two who come closest to transcending golf. Again, let's leave Woods and Mickelson out of the equation.
Fowler came close to his first win in almost three years on Sunday at the CJ Cup @ Summit, but it was McIlroy closed the deal in Las Vegas with a one-shot win over Summit Club member Collin Morikawa. Fowler tied for third.
More on Fowler in a minute. But first, McIlroy, who even though he ended a long winless drought six months ago, really has not been his former self over the past few years and had fallen to No. 14 in the world rankings.
McIlroy is enormously important to the PGA Tour – both on and off the golf course.
As we have seen over and over, most recently at the Ryder Cup, McIlroy is one of the most thoughtful, open, compassionate and cerebral people in golf – really, in all of sports. Aside from the Brooks Koepka-Bryson DeChambeau hijinks, there isn't a whole lot of personality among the best golfers in the world. Oh, sure, they are nice and decent