DALLAS -- PGA TOUR player Rickie Fowler, in DFW to play in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this week, took the streets of downtown Dallas for the Red Bull Off Course event. He was joined by fellow TOUR player, SMU graduate and 2007 U.S. Amateur champion Colt Knost for the shot-making challenge involving blind shots towards a custom deisgned Texas-shaped green located in AT&T Plaza between the W Hotel and American Airlines Center.
The contestants emerged from the American Airlines Center shortly before 6 p.m. and made their way to the first of what would be three shots in an attempt to make a hole-in-one. Their opening shot was an 80-yard lob wedge from the bottom of the plaza's steps. At the urging of former Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco, they decided to attempt a shot that was a little more difficult.
With the streets blocked off in the same fashion as the Big D NYE event, they made their way across Olive St. to what would be a 115-yard gap wedge in front of the W Hotel. After not playing in last week's Byron Nelson, Fowler started off a bit rusty, while Knost was consistently landing on the green.
For the grand finale, they took a golf cart up to the third (top) level of the parking garage of the North End apartments where they had a 140-yard blind shot to the green. They had the option of hitting over a six-story office building or going for the slice around the building. The swirling, gusty winds picked up and each player took 14 shots from an elevated platform atop the parking structure. Fowler's fourth shot landed on the green and his sixth shot stopped 30 inches from the pin, while Knost only managed to land in the bunker around the target.
Fowler would go on to be crowned the Red Bull Off Course Dallas champion, complete with a red jacket ceremony led by the event's emcee, Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket's Gordon Keith. This was the first Red Bull 'urban adventure' in Texas. They have held similar events featuring Fowler in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Augusta and Los Angeles.
"I have done some crazy stuff with Red Bull, but this is by far the craziest," Fowler said. "I got some good wedge practice in today. I won't see a harder shot in the tourney this week at Colonial."
Both players who will be competing this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth. For information and tickets, visit here.
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