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Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler to compete in pre-U.S. Open prime-time exhibition



Two of the biggest stars in pro golf, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler, are reportedly set to meet in a prime-time exhibition the week before the U.S. Open. The showdown will take place Tuesday, June 7 at the Detroit Golf Club, according to Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press.

Reportedly, there will be a celebrity/team element to the competition, with a “Team Rory” vs. “Team Rickie,” angle to the showdown, in contrast to the Tiger Woods “Motorola Showdown at Sherwood” exhibitions of 1999 and 2000, when a head-to-head format was utilized.

The first two hours of the competition will be broadcast live by Golf Channel. From 9-11 p.m., CBS will pick up the coverage. Again, details regarding format are yet to emerge.

Detroit-based Quicken Loans is sponsoring the event. The company has emerged as a significant sponsor on the PGA Tour in recent years, rolling out the Quicken Loans hole-in-one sweepstakes and serving as the title sponsor for the Quicken Loans National. Fowler is also personally sponsored by the Detroit company.

As Ferguson notes, Quicken Loans has pursued unique marketing efforts in the past, particularly in the sports space. The company sponsored the first college basketball game on an aircraft carrier in 2011 and offered a $1 billion prize to anyone who completed a perfect NCAA bracket in 2014.

We haven’t seen prime-time golf exhibitions since the aforementioned “Showdown at Sherwood” series, which came to an end in 2005.

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  1. Moss

    Feb 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

    This is exactly the kind of thing to bring more young folks to the game and bring a fresh perspective. The idea of “teams” is great and to have their celebrity pals playing and sharing the experience socially could be pretty cool. Huge fan of this idea! Thanks for sharing WRX!

  2. Woodlands Barbershop Dennie

    Feb 19, 2016 at 10:29 am

    quicken loans more predatory lending service.

  3. steve

    Feb 17, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Sounds exciting watching two boring guys play golf. Has Rickie become the most overexposed golfer, he is a great golfer but man he is overexposed.

    • Carlos Danger

      Feb 18, 2016 at 10:31 am

      overexposed? care to define what in the world you mean by that?

    • Brian

      Feb 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      I’m curious what you want to see? Two weeks ago, the majority of the golf community bashed Rickie for being too aggressive in Phoenix. Now you’re saying he’s a boring golfer. You can’t have it both ways…

  4. Dan

    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    So how can I get tickets. Right in my backyard!

  5. Charlie

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    While I applaud the idea, get ready for commercials galore!

    Will try to DVR it.

  6. Bob Vokey

    Feb 16, 2016 at 11:08 am

    who cares? Watching Rickie play is like watching grass grow. Mr.Monotone

    • AllBOdoesisgolf

      Feb 16, 2016 at 11:35 am

      wahhh wahhh wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh debbie downer….

  7. Golfeen23

    Feb 16, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Looks like you need to do some fact checking. The Carrier Classic was not in 2015 and the Billion Dollar Bracket wasn’t last year.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Feb 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Thanks for the comment, Golfeen23. The dates have been updated and are now accurate. We appreciate your help.

    • steve

      Feb 17, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Surprised your comment wasn’t deleted.

      • Double Mocha Man

        Feb 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm

        Steve… were you having a bad day? Sounds like you needed a good gin & tonic.

  8. birdeez

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:47 am

    gotta love primetime golf… should be a fun watch!

    now if only the fedex cup would take a hint and move the final round to match play for the final 4-8 and make the finale a primetime special 18 holes winner take all.

  9. Joew2328

    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:56 am


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WRX Retrospective: Interesting photos from the 2019 Masters



As of now, we know the 2020 Masters is going to have to wait until November. The tournament will be as exciting as it will be interesting since it will be the first modern glimpse into Augusta National beyond April.

It has also given us the great opportunity to look back with hindsight 20/20 (that was very much an unintended pun) at our pictures from 2019 to showcase some of the most noteworthy and interesting, including some potential foreshadowing of the week that was to come.

2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson isn’t one to change putters too often, but he must have been searching for something last year when testing out this TaylorMade Spider.

This was Viktor Hovland’s last Masters as an amateur. He won low amateur honors and went on to capture the same distinction at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

TaylorMade always does a wonderful job with major-themed accessories and bags. 2019 was no exception.

Little did we know at the time this was taken, this man would be leading heading into Sunday’s final round. How the tables turned so quickly.

Callaway’s collab with Seamus Golf lead to these flower-themed headcovers.

We can’t forget that Tuesday practice day was rained out and the course was closed at 10 a.m. to both players and spectators. It wasn’t the warm spring kickoff many had hoped for!

Although it was short-lived, it was a rainy Tuesday for all, including caddies.

The weather broke on Wednesday and the view up the 10th hole never gets old.

Did you realize two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s Flightscope has a custom pink paint job?

Inexpensive snacks and beverages are always a highlight of any Master’s visit.

The 2019 Masters featured pre-bulked Bryson, who also happened to have a custom FlightScope X3. He looks like a veritable stick!

They say a picture says 1,000 words, but in the case of Tiger Woods, we had no idea how many words would be written come Sunday.

A peek into the bag of Gary Woodland, who would go on to become the U.S. Open Champion only a few months later.

Special shoutout to Gary Woodland’s caddy Brennan Little, who hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and is obviously a big Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was also on the bag for Mike Wier’s win in 2003.

Although the relationship was short-lived, Sergio used some very cool custom Toulon putters while on staff with Callaway Golf.

The eighth green is one of the most interesting and mounded on the course, there’s not a bunker to be found but danger lurks everywhere.

Undulations at No. 1 are a sight to be seen at ground level.

The iconic, understated clubhouse of ANGC.

The tucked-away first tee spike cleaner is something every course should have.

And of course, the iconic 12th, where so much would be decided come Sunday.

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10 interesting photos from the 2020 Players Championship



GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

General Galleries

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Bettinardi’s St. Patrick’s Day covers  

Brand-new Srixon 745 in Keegan’s bag

Roger Sloan’s custom Cameron

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons spotted in Nick Watney’s bag 

Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

Carlos Ortiz looks to be picking up some supplies to mark the end of his driveway…

Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational



It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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