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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 the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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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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‘They’re gone’ – Aussie pro says Cam Smith and fellow countryman have joined LIV

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Despite no LIV events being on this week, the breakaway tour continues to make headlines.

According to Australian golfer Cameron Percy, both Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman have now signed contracts to join LIV Golf.

In an interview with RSN radio, which is a station based in Australia, Percy claimed that both of the Australian star’s departure from the PGA TOUR is a done deal.

It’s been rumored since the Open Championship that the winner of the Claret Jug, Cameron Smith would be joining LIV for somewhere around $110-125 million.

Percy also mentioned that Adam Scott could be joining as well. It’s likely that LIV would be looking to make an Australian team built around Smith, Scott and Leishman.

“Unfortunate, yeah, they’re gone (Smith, Leishman)” Percy said.

“I had a long conversation with Adam Scott and he was very interesting talking to about it, just where it is. He said he met with these guys (LIV) in 2017 (and) they were ready (to) do all this. So, the Tour has known for a long time that this stuff’s in the works.

“The more and more you look into it, some people don’t care, some people have got a conscience and do care.

“It really comes down to, you know, they just executed 80 people this week, just chopped their heads off. They’re not the nicest people in the world.

“Do you just look past that and go, ‘Oh well, I’m rich I don’t really care’. It’s a tough one, it really is.”

With all indications appearing as if the Champion Golfer of the Year has left the PGA TOUR for LIV, there is no doubt he is the most consequential addition for Greg Norman thus far.

The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and is ranked number two in both the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup standings.

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PGA Tour accuses LIV rebels filing a lawsuit to play FedEx Cup of ‘fabricating an emergency’

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The ‘LIV 11’ lawsuit was always going to make public the internal rows and wrangling between players, organizers and the various tours.

Amongst the 11, three players – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – are seeking a TRO (temporary restraining order) in order to be able to play the FedEx Cup events, starting on Thursday.

As reported last week, the complaint from the LIV players alleges that being denied access to the FedEx Cup Playoffs not only would prevent Gooch, Swafford and Jones from playing in those events but “also cripples their chances of qualifying for both the Majors and the Tour’s premier invitationals in future seasons. The punishment that would accrue to these players from not being able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is substantial and irreparable, and a temporary restraining order is needed to prevent the irreparable harm that would ensue were they not to be able to participate.”

The PGA Tour yesterday issued its response to the accusation, the 30-plus page document stating that “the TRO plaintiffs waited nearly two months to seek relief from the court, “fabricating an emergency they now maintain requires immediate action.”

The PGA Tour continues:

“Despite knowing full well that they would breach Tour Regulations and be suspended for doing so, plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches. TRO plaintiffs now run into court seeking a mandatory injunction to force their way into the Tour’s season-ending FedExCup Playoffs, an action that would harm all Tour members that follow the rules. The antitrust laws do not allow Plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too.”

The tour uses several statements from the plaintiffs in its defence.

When asked if he knew the tour would ban him from the tour for playing without a conflicting event-release, Jones said, “you’ve got to expect” it and acknowledged the possibility of never playing on the PGA Tour again after his suspension. “I did come to this [LIV] series and this tournament with the understanding that could be the case.”

The tour also argues against Gooch’s statement at the Open Championship that he only intended to play a single LIV event before getting suspended, the tour believing that he was intending to play more than the inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

Alongside those objections, the PGA Tour object to the accusation of pressuring sponsors to cancel existing deals with LIV players, that it enlisted the more experienced players, such as Tiger Woods, to intimidate players from joining, and that it colluded with the DP World Tour in its reaction to the defections.

The document ends, “For the foregoing reasons, the PGA Tour respectfully requests that the court deny TRO.”

Elliot Peters of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, representing the PGA Tour, confirmed the stance being taken by the leading tour.

“The players’ participation in the LIV league is in violation of the PGA Tour’s Handbook and Tournament Regulations,” he stated.

“For enormous sums of cash supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, Plaintiffs willfully breached their agreements with the PGA Tour. The players’ purported harm is entirely self-induced. We will litigate this case vigorously to preserve the reputation of the PGA Tour and protect the benefits it offers to players.”

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‘Grow the game? Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money’ – Feherty on reasons why he joined LIV

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In the past few months, the golfers who’ve chosen to join LIV Golf have faced extreme criticism by media, fans and fellow players.

The fact that the money is being sourced by the Saudi Government has been one of the main points of contention as well as the fact the events feel like more of an exhibition than a professional golf event.

However, one of the other criticisms that have been echoed quite often is the lack of honesty of those who have joined LIV Golf. Many have claimed their reason for joining was to “grow the game” or for a new and unique experience. Even those who have been supportive of LIV would have a hard time claiming that those were the most influential factors of those who’ve left.

David Feherty, who made his LIV Golf debut at Trump Bedminster two weeks ago isn’t among those who are sugarcoating their reasons for joining the Saudi-backed golf series.

In a recent interview with Gary Koch, the eccentric TV personality admitted money was his primary motivator when asked by the host why he made the move:

“Money. People don’t talk about it. I hear, ‘Well, it’s to grow the game. Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money.”

Feherty also expressed that the opportunity to be himself again was another reason he was excited to join LIV.

“It was an opportunity to be myself again,” he said. “It’s become more and more difficult, especially in sports broadcasting, to have any kind of character. Charles Barkley can say pretty much anything he wants, because it’s, ‘Oh, that’s just Charles.’ And it is just Charles. But I have become more and more guarded over the last few years.”

As for critics who Feherty feels are ‘hoping to be offended by something’, Feherty did not mince his words, saying:

“There are people waiting around every corner hoping to be offended by something. F*** those people. Our lives are being shaped by small groups of mean-spirited people who have no sense of humor. We’re in danger of losing our national sense of humor because of this.”

Feherty was also asked about the source of the money and Saudi Arabia’s ties to 9/11.

“The 9 /11 Commission said that the Saudi government wasn’t involved,” the 63-year-old said.

“People that criticize are doing business with China, doing business with Russia. China, in particular, is a country where they’re murdering Uyghurs left, right, and centre, and their human rights record is horrendous.

“You can point to various countries throughout the world. I wouldn’t want to behave like that, but wherever golf is, good happens, and I’m hoping this will do the same thing. [LIV] has said it’s going to donate $100 million to area charities.”

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