Instant Awesome -- Rickie Fowler surprises young fan with tickets

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For most young golf fans, retrieving a ball from Rickie Fowler during one of his rounds would constitute a pretty awesome afternoon on the links.

But that was just the beginning for a boy named Sam this weekend at The Northern Trust.

Hey @rickiefowler, we think you've got a lifelong fan here.

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After eloquently expressing his excitement regarding the souvenir, Sam could hardly contain his emotions about what happened next.

The following day, Fowler sent a personalized video to Sam along with tickets to the weekend rounds at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York.

The pair eventually met near the end of the weekend, according to a photo published on Fowler's Snapchat story. Although Fowler didn't crack the leader board's top 10, he certainly is No. 1 by Sam's calculations.