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Rickie Fowler considers a new drop technique that is a wonder to behold

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Rickie Fowler may have gotten hit with a penalty for an improper drop last week in Mexico, but the 30-year-old wasn’t about to make the same mistake today during his opening round at the Honda Classic.

Though that news may not surprise you, the technique he considered using to execute the drop more than likely will.

Fowler ultimately elected to take a more conventional route to dropping the ball after conferring with a rules official.

You can see the full scene play out in the video below from Skratch.

Following his penalty for his illegal shoulder-height drop at the WGC-Mexico, Fowler called the rule change “terrible,” and one that he believes will “definitely get changed” in the future.

If he felt he didn’t go far enough in those remarks, Fowler has certainly made it clear how he feels about the rule now.

 

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Glenn

    Mar 7, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Ricky is awesome. A true gent with a good sense of humour. Plays at a great pace. Never whines or loses his cool when things don’t go well. He has been through a ton in his career. One of my favorites to watch. Anybody who wants to take a shot at him for his gesture needs to lighten up. Its OK to have a laugh once in a while. Ricky took his lumps (and dumps) and moved on. You all should too.
    The rule is another debate.

    • Chuck

      Mar 11, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      Rickie’s whole point — his whole purpose — was to ridicule the USGA.

      So I abso-freaking-lutley regard Rickie as totally fair game for ridicule himself, since this is the posture that RICKIE has taken.

      And more than anything, if there is a meeting between the USGA, and Fowler, and Justin Thomas and any others, PLEASE let it be broadcast live on Golf Channel, because I really want to watch the two millennials take on the best Rules experts in the USGA.

  2. joro

    Mar 6, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Be careful Ricky, the Ball was a couple of inches above your knees.

  3. Tom

    Mar 6, 2019 at 12:47 am

    USGA pulled these new rules out of their ashes, so Rickey’s drop is perfect response.

  4. Tom

    Mar 4, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Gianni, “World’s Strongest Man” contestant.

  5. Dave

    Mar 3, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Haha! This brought the ninnies out for sure. Gave me a good laugh. A bunch of people will want to turn this into hearings and a penalty… Whatever you do, don’t watch Caddyshack…

  6. Happy Duffer

    Mar 2, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Pointless and childish… failure to launch once again. If he wanted to make a point he has ample opportunity to do so where he would be taken seriously… no one is going to take this nonsense seriously or care that he did it.

  7. Mike

    Mar 2, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Ricky ‘the athlete’ can’t bend at the waist and drop the ball? How does he was his toes in the shower?

  8. Jon G

    Mar 1, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Your sponsors and the 1st Tee thank you Ricky ir growing the game. Now kids will follow you childish behavior. You need to grow up and not be the poster child for stupidity. You dishonor the game.

  9. Rewp

    Mar 1, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Lol, everyone in panic about new drop rule. Same thing happened when changed from over shoulder behind u to drop from shoulder height.
    It’s changed to make it easier for the amateur, but a few immature pros are bitching and complaining. So let’s take away caddies, yardage books, etc, lol, I can hear the pros leaving the tour… Lol

    • JT

      Mar 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      I believe your comment is tongue in cheek, but leave the tour? they (the vocal pro’s) play a game for a living. a rather good living at that. no matter how much they dislike the rule changes, whine and moan, at the end of the day, they aren’t leaving the tour.

  10. N D Boondocks

    Mar 1, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Just adjust the rule to ‘between knee height and shoulder height’. There… fixed.

    No, wait, who’s height are we talking about? Maybe that means Michael Jordan’s knee drop will still be higher than my shoulder drop.

    Only way to relly fix this… tape measures. 18.375 inches ought to make everybody happy. Whew!

  11. Greg

    Mar 1, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    I feel this rule is an improvement over the shoulder height drop, it will just take a while to set in that’s all. All of us have had to drop from shoulder height before and the results can be disastrous. You drop it and it rolls into a divot or it gets buried in the high rough. The new way ensures you will most likely get a favorable lie since you are basically placing the ball gently down. My issue is that the rule should be that you can take either a shoulder height or knee height drop, whatever you desire.

  12. Mike Cleland

    Mar 1, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Good for Rickie! Someone needs to start making fun of these stupid new rules & the even stupider clowns that keep making them. The blue blazers aren’t happy unless they are on the front page of every golf event & won’t be satisfied until everyone is required to carry a an attorney or two in their group to interpret some rule on every hole.

    • joe

      Mar 2, 2019 at 7:24 am

      a ridiculous comment for sure. how hard is it for these “athletes” to bend at the waste and drop the ball? Really….

      Fowler had a brain fart and he’s trying to blame someone else. It’s just sad.

  13. Chuck

    Mar 1, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Was this a PGA Tour event? Or was it a new season of “Jackass”?

  14. HKO

    Mar 1, 2019 at 2:44 am

    finally the terminology ‘drop’ in the game of golf makes sudden sense. now, #whysoserious ppl ? he shall still stay young and witty even after y’all are dead rotten still loud whiny from the graveyards.

  15. Christopher

    Feb 28, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Rickie’s new technique would be legal wouldn’t it? His lower legs where straight and the ball was level with his knees. There’s nothing in the rules that objects to this.

    I think all PGA players should adopt this until they change such a ridiculous rule change. I think players should be able to place the ball on the fairway and drop the ball from shoulder height for everywhere else.

    Surprised he played his shot in Mexico before a player/official told him to drop correctly.

  16. Matthew Schulze

    Feb 28, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    If we can’t mock superfluous rule changes in ridiculous ways, what do we have left?

  17. BJ

    Feb 28, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

    You guys are funny. Come to work with me for a day….Then youll understand how not serious this is, have some perspective.

    Your b!tching about nothing

  18. John

    Feb 28, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    My take…grow up! I will say that I think that the drop rule should be, “No higher than the waist, no lower than the knee.” But to go through all these machinations just seems childish IMHO.

    • A. Commoner

      Feb 28, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Absolutely agree! Brainless behavior.

    • La

      Mar 1, 2019 at 1:07 am

      John,
      Again, you misunderstand the new rules.
      Once you drop from the knee height and it only rolls a few inches, there is no re-drop with most situation on flatter lies, so it eliminates the need to drop again and then a placement thereafter if the ball bounces away a few feet.
      With the old shoulder-height drop, too many times it ended up with a placing of the ball, which took the extra minute or so that the new drop rule saves.

      • Jake 2

        Mar 1, 2019 at 1:46 pm

        But I was told by a tour player the reason they like the old rule is that it is much more likely that they will get to place the ball as opposed to the new rule.

    • Jose Pinatas

      Mar 1, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      Jesus H dude. Take a joke. Rickie gonna be Rickie, and if you don’t like it, don’t watch. Deal with him acting how he want’s, he is a grown ass man. If it obides by the current USGA rules and guys wanna drop nuggets like turds between their legs that’s their choice.

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How much each player won at the 2019 BMW PGA Championship

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Last week saw the European Tour’s flagship event take place and with it the return to the winner’s circle of 2016 Masters champ Danny Willett. The Englishman’s brilliant display at Wentworth was worth a seven-figure payday for the 31-year-old, while for runner-up Jon Rahm, his impressive performance brought him a check for €704,438.

With plenty of big names in action and a $7 million prize purse up for grabs, here’s how much each player who made the cut won at last week’s BMW PGA Championship.

1 Danny Willett €1,056,662

2 Jon Rahm €704,438

3 Christiaan Bezuidenhout €396,884

T4 Billy Horschel €292,908

T4 Patrick Reed €292,908

T6 Rafael Cabrera Bello €206,050

T6 Richie Ramsay €206,050

8 Justin Rose €158,500

T9 Andrew Johnston €134,408

T9 Rory Mcilroy €134,408

T11 Paul Casey €109,259

T11 Viktor Hovland €109,259

T11 Shane Lowry €109,259

T14 Kurt Kitayama €93,198

T14 Francesco Molinari €93,198

T14 Rooyen Van Rooyen €93,198

T17 Romain Langasque €80,518

T17 Shubhankar Sharma €80,518

T17 Henrik Stenson €80,518

T17 Bernd Wiesberger €80,518

T21 Ashley Chesters €71,642

T21 Andrew Putnam €71,642

T21 Paul Waring €71,642

T24 Joakim Lagergren €66,887

T24 Jordan Smith €66,887

T26 Tapio Pulkkanen €63,083

T26 Aaron Rai €63,083

T28 Robert Macintyre €58,328

T28 Alex Noren €58,328

T28 Matthias Schwab €58,328

T31 Ross Fisher €50,086

T31 Sam Horsfield €50,086

T31 Miguel Angel Jiménez €50,086

T31 Joost Luiten €50,086

T31 Richard Sterne €50,086

T31 Julian Suri €50,086

T37 Benjamin Hebert €43,112

T37 Mikko Korhonen €43,112

T37 Mike Lorenzo-Vera €43,112

T37 Thomas Pieters €43,112

T41 Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño €37,406

T41 Søren Kjeldsen €37,406

T41 Renato Paratore €37,406

T41 Matt Wallace €37,406

T41 Ashun Wu €37,406

T46 Matthew Fitzpatrick €31,066

T46 Padraig Harrington €31,066

T46 Marcus Kinhult €31,066

T46 Russell Knox €31,066

T46 Andrea Pavan €31,066

T51 Kiradech Aphibarnrat €24,092

T51 Alexander Björk €24,092

T51 Tony Finau €24,092

T51 Haotong Li €24,092

T51 Yusaku Miyazato €24,092

T51 Chris Wood €24,092

T57 Nicolas Colsaerts €19,020

T57 Scott Jamieson €19,020

T57 Martin Kaymer €19,020

T60 Tommy Fleetwood €16,801

T60 Branden Grace €16,801

T60 Julien Guerrier €16,801

T60 Ian Poulter €16,801

T64 Steven Brown €13,948

T64 Ernie Els €13,948

T64 Edoardo Molinari €13,948

T64 Alvaro Quiros €13,948

T64 Sebastian Soderberg €13,948

T69 Robert Coles €11,806

T69 Trevor Immelman €11,806

71 George Coetzee €9,510

72 Gavin Green €9,506

72 David Law €9,506

74 Andy Sullivan €9,501

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How much each player won at the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship

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The 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship provided the first playoff finish in almost a year on Tour, and it saw Sebastian Munoz triumph for his first PGA Tour title. Along with the trophy, the Colombian claimed the winner’s check worth $1,188,000 – the biggest prize in the event’s history.

It was a heartbreaking finish for Sungjae Im, who finished runner-up after bogeying the first playoff hole, but the South-Korean collected $719,400 for his efforts last week.

There was a total prize purse of $6.6 million up for grabs in Mississippi, and here is a look at what each player who made the cut at the Sanderson Farms took home in terms of cash.

1: Sebastian Munoz, -18, $1,188,000

2: Sungjae Im, -18, $719,400

3: Byeong Hun An, -17, $455,400

T4: Kevin Streelman, -16, $297,000

T4: Carlos Ortiz, -16, $297,000

T6: Bronson Burgoon, -15, $208,230

T6: Dylan Frittelli, -15, $208,230

T6: George McNeill, -15, $208,230

T6: Harris English, -15, $208,230

T6: Dominic Bozzelli, -15, $208,230

T11: Lanto Griffin, -14, $153,450

T11: J.T. Poston, -14, $153,450

T11: Cameron Percy, -14, $153,450

T14: Brian Harman, -13, $123,750

T14: Zach Johnson, -13, $123,750

T16: Cameron Tringale, -12, $110,550

T16: Scottie Scheffler, -12, $110,550

T18: Denny McCarthy, -11, $87,450

T18: Garrett Osborn, -11, $87,450

T18: Richy Werenski, -11, $87,450

T18: Zack Sucher, -11, $87,450

T18: Fabián Gómez, -11, $87,450

T23: Peter Uihlein, -10, $59,070

T23: Adam Long, -10, $59,070

T23: David Hearn, -10, $59,070

T23: Charley Hoffman, -10, $59,070

T23: Robert Streb, -10, $59,070

T28: Brian Stuard, -9, $42,363.75

T28: Robby Shelton, -9, $42,363.75

T28: Shawn Stefani, -9, $42,363.75

T28: Cameron Davis, -9, $42,363.75

T28: Scott Stallings, -9, $42,363.75

T28: Cameron Champ, -9, $42,363.75

T28: Mark Anderson, -9, $42,363.75

T28: Stewart Cink, -9, $42,363.75

T36: Adam Schenk, -8, $32,780

T36: Tommy Gainey, -8, $32,780

T36: J.J. Spaun, -8, $32,780

T39: Davis Riley, -7, $26,730

T39: Aaron Wise, -7, $26,730

T39: Emiliano Grillo, -7, $26,730

T39: Michael Gellerman, -7, $26,730

T39: Tom Hoge, -7, $26,730

T39: Scott Brown, -7, $26,730

T45: Ben Crane, -6, $18,828.86

T45: Sam Burns, -6, $18,828.86

T45: Anirban Lahiri, -6, $18,828.86

T45: Jamie Lovemark, -6, $18,828.86

T45: Peter Malnati, -6, $18,828.86

T45: Vincent Whaley, -6, $18,828.85

T45: Brandt Snedeker, -6, $18,828.85

T52: Doc Redman, -5, $16,038 T52: Roberto Castro, -5, $16,038

T54: Joaquin Niemann, -4, $15,312

T54: Bo Hoag, -4, $15,312

T54: Sebastian Cappelen, -4, $15,312

T54: Jonathan Byrd, -4, $15,312

T54: Bill Haas, -4, $15,312

T54: Russell Henley, -4, $15,312

60: Xinjun Zhang, -3, $14,850

T61: Rafael Campos, -2, $14,520

T61: Patrick Rodgers, -2, $14,520

T61: Alex Cejka, -2, $14,520

T61: Si Woo Kim, -2, $14,520

T65: Chase Seiffert, -1, $14,124

T65: Brian Gay, -1, $14,124

67: Ricky Barnes: +2, $13,926

68: Daniel Chopra: +6, $13,794

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

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