“It takes time,” Day said Wednesday. “Some guys get there quicker than others, but it all boils down to: How much do you want it?”
Fowler draws some of the largest galleries wherever he goes, but his lone win came last year in Charlotte, and he has just one finish in the top five in his past 24 official tour events. Gary Woodland, 29, won his first tour event in 2011 and has an enormous amount of talent, but he has just one top-10 finish in the past two seasons. Ryo Ishikawa, a 21-year-old from Japan, hoped to match his success as a teenager in Asia, but has more missed cuts (six) than finishes inside the top 35 (one) this season.
They will all be at Congressional, trying to build the résumés that might allow them to break through again.
“You just have to put yourself in that position over and over again,” Duke said. “You’ve got to be patient out here. You can’t make it happen. You’ve got to let it happen.”
Scott has let it happen, and it has helped him reshape how to pursue the next step. He is at Congressional because he loves the golf course, and because he needs to build momentum to next month’s British Open. There, he will be confronted with another piece of his history: the four consecutive bogeys he made to close the 2012 Open, losing to Ernie Els by a stroke. That is part of what shaped him, part of what he had to overcome to win the Masters.
“You can only go off previous experience,” Scott said. “You shouldn’t ignore it. You’ve got to learn about who you are as a person and a golfer to succeed in golf, I think.”
Just as Scott sent his message to Rose, and thereby sent encouragement to all their contemporaries, he well knows what seems like a pattern may end up being passé — this week, at the British Open, for the rest of the summer.
“There’s just no normal for golf, is there?” Scott said. “There’s just no set pattern. Anything’s possible, and no one’s career is the same.”