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Rickie Fowler answers critics: “Getting angry doesn’t work for me”



If you recall, in this very space, we discussed some of Rickie Fowler’s post-U.S. Open remarks and the young star’s demeanor in defeat.

In response to the chatter about his final-round 76 and optimistic take on failing to win the U.S. Open, Fowler had some interesting things to say ahead of this week’s Quicken Loans National.

“It was kind of unfortunate to see some of the stuff written that was saying I wasn’t angry enough about coming up short.”

“I’ve always been someone who has controlled my emotions. On and off the golf course. Part of the reason that I may have not looked upset at Erin Hills was because I’m not going to show it. Of course I was disappointed that I didn’t get the job done.”

Again, as a competitive golfer, we didn’t doubt he was disappointed. However, his immediate post-round tone and the fact that, well, social media showed him enjoying his life per usual shortly thereafter raised a few eyebrows.

“I put myself in good position and gave myself a chance. I was pleased about that. But at the same time, we did have a good chance going into Sunday and I was upset I didn’t get the job done. But getting angry? Start showing that I’m mad? That doesn’t work for me.”

So there you have it. He was upset, but he wasn’t going to, say, pull a Jon Rahm on the course. The question remains, do we want him to? Do we accept a range of displays of competitiveness while understanding that, of course, everyone wants to win?

Who can say. However, if/when Rickie Fowler wins a major, there will be much less focus on his demeanor or nitpicking of his words. Which is to say, in the interest of sports journalism, please win a major, Rickie Fowler.

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  1. BenAlberstadt'sButtPlug

    Jul 11, 2017 at 11:20 am

    My owner is the worst, get me out of here!

  2. JThunder

    Jul 4, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Although they are essentially all walking in Tiger’s footsteps (and, yeah, Arnie’s and Jack’s)… it’s very nice to see that so many of today’s young players *don’t* follow Tiger’s example of slamming, swearing and spazzing at every bad shot or break. Tiger did NOT set a good example – at all – in that regard. To equate such behavior with “passion” and “drive” and “caring” is borderline idiotic. Likewise, to equate the lack of that type of rabid display with lack of caring, passion and drive is borderline idiotic. Then again, the majority of modern media behave borderline idiotic most of the time. When a player throws a fit, the temper tantrums are “news”. When a player doesn’t, the “lack of caring” is news. The REAL news in all of this is that far too few writers and commentators today are capable of telling a story without absolutist sensationalism at every turn. Look at every Golfwrx headline, and although most are not meant as comedy, you’ll find – as the reader – the joke is most definitely on you.

  3. Michael

    Jul 3, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Let me know when the clowns rising Fowler get record of doing anything besides trolling as well as Fowler plays golf.

  4. Nigel Kent

    Jul 2, 2017 at 2:25 am

    When Retief Goosen was at the top of his game ( U.S. Open + ) you couldn’t tell from his demeanor as he strolled along whether he was 10 over or 10 under . Horses for courses .

  5. Perry

    Jul 1, 2017 at 10:04 am

    A 28 year old showing more maturity than many writers and forum trolls twice his age.

  6. GetRichOrTyTryon

    Jun 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    You don’t get to Rickies level in the game by not being competitive or caring if you win. Certain players, DJ included, have super stable dimeanors. It’s hard to tell where they are on the leader board. Some players get pumped up or pissed off but seem to be streakier. No right or wrong just different personality types.

  7. nobody2u

    Jun 28, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    The Pro’s today are paid so much whether they win or lose. How upset can you or should you get knowing you have your very own little jet waiting for you when you get ready to go. Maybe he says and does things off camera. The one that gets me is how a guy can be the number 1 golfer in the world and only play in the tournaments that only bring the higher marks. DJ blew me away last year at the Fed – Ex year end tournament. He never even looked like he cared whether he hit a fairway or a green let alone missing putts while Rory took Atlanta like Grant took Richmond. They are way over paid and that is what Tiger brought to the game. How can you have non golf companies endorsing players with watch’s and shoe’s and shirts and cars. The players look like walking bill boards. Is it golf or advertising.

    • Innit

      Jun 29, 2017 at 3:14 am

      All of that had already been set in motion by Arnold Palmer. The Eldrick effect is overrated. That sort of thing exploded in everything in the 90’s, so it wasn’t just golf in thanks to Eldrick. Lets not fluff his ego any further shall we?

  8. Travis

    Jun 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    At the end of the day Rickie is an uber-successful golfer, making tons of money, and has a great life. I think what people should be writing about is how Rickie is great at keeping perspective on life, not about how he doesn’t throw tantrums in defeat…

  9. DavefromAccounting

    Jun 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Maybe throw some F-bombs in front of little kids. Seemed to work well for Tiger and he is the GOAT. You do you Rickie.

    • TR1PTIK

      Jun 29, 2017 at 9:16 am

      I was just about to say pretty much the same thing. Lol. Probably most of the people making a deal about Rickie are the same ones who always griped about Tiger or who currently gripe about Jordan Spieth (who does little more than show that he is upset with himself when he hits a bad shot).

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing



As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this



We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins



With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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