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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 Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] 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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Justin Thomas on being dropped by Ralph Lauren: ‘I put them in a terrible position’

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Justin Thomas is in action in Abu Dhabi this week and has spoken for the first time since Ralph Lauren ended their relationship following a slur Thomas made at the Tournament of Champions.

Speaking to media at the European Tour event, the 27-year-old said

“It’s humiliating, it’s embarrassing, and it’s not me. It’s not a word that I use, but for some reason, it was in there. And that’s what I’m trying to figure out as to why it was in there, and it’s going to be a part of this process and training program or whatever I need to do, not only to prove to myself but prove to my sponsors and prove to those people that don’t know who I am that that is indeed not the person I am.”

Ralph Lauren severed ties with JT last weekend, and its a decision which Thomas understands as he admitted that he put them in a “terrible position”.

“They just felt like they needed to move on. That’s exactly what I’m doing, as well. It was a great run that we had and a great partnership, but you know, things will work out for the best. Just like my other partners and other sponsorships, it was an opportunity for them to help me, just like I hope to help them. But like I said, they had to do what they had to do.

They are a huge, huge global brand, and I have to respect their decision. I wasn’t disappointed, because I put them in a terrible position. I just was more upset.”

Thomas also discussed his excellent relationship with the global brand and how he believes that he will become a better man and person due to what happened.

“I had a great relationship with a lot of people there, and like I said, we would have had the opportunity to do it together, and I totally respect their decision and I’ve moved on from it. I’ve had great communication with all of them.

 It was obviously not calls or emails I was hoping or planning to make, but I needed to because I have some great long-lasting partnerships with all my sponsors. They know that’s not the person that I am. They know that’s not how I act and although they are far from brushing it to the side just like I am, they understand that this is an opportunity for me to educate myself, grow, become a better person. 

I know that I’ll become a better man and a better person because of it, and they are going to kind of help me along that process.”

As for what’s next apparel wise for Thomas, on Monday in Abu Dhabi he was still wearing an RLX shirt at the course. However, per Golf Monthly’s Joel Tadman, JT wore a Peter Millar polo shirt and mid-layer in Abu Dhabi yesterday and today with his RLX shorts, which he sourced himself.

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David Feherty’s Golf Channel show axed – GolfWRXers react

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to the news that David Feherty’s Golf Channel show will end after a decade on air. Golf Digest reported the story, and speaking via telephone to the publication, Feherty said:

“I don’t know what the reasons were for the decision. I think it was a combination of things. We haven’t been able to shoot any episodes because of COVID. The Golf Channel move. I don’t know. Maybe it was just time.

I think a lot of people are going to be surprised that it got canceled. It always sort of amazed me the (number of) people that watched. Ten years is a whole lot more than I thought I would do. I loved doing it.”

Our members have been sharing their thoughts on the cancellation in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • bcflyguy1: “All good things must eventually come to an end, and when they do, it does nothing to diminish their goodness. As others have pointed out, there were some dud episodes, but they were only notable because of how exceptional most of the others were.”
  • bladehunter: “David is the very definition of genuine. Flawed. But genuine. And he has a natural knack for pulling the best out of people. Watch his Matthew McConaughey interview. If you don’t want to play a round with those two, it’s you. “
  • CCTxGolf: “Yeah, he certainly pulled the best out of people. Agree with Hawk on every point. For those who haven’t watched the Condi interview, do so. She is very, very impressive, to say the least.”
  • TobesSC: “Always enjoyed the show, but the amount of commercial breaks became unbearable to me. To make things worse the way they edited the sections going into breaks/coming out of breaks were all previews/summaries, so the 1 hour show turns out to be maybe 25 minutes max.”

Entire Thread: “David Feherty’s Golf Channel show axed”

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Tiger Woods undergoes fifth back surgery; will miss Farmers and Genesis

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Tiger Woods has announced that he will delay his start to 2021 after undergoing a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve.

Woods’ doctor and team have revealed that the surgery was successful and that the 45-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

As a result of the surgery, Woods will not compete at either the Farmers Insurance Open or the Genesis Invitational but still plans on serving as Tournament host at the event from Riviera.

Per the statement, the operation was brought on by discomfort Woods felt following the PNC Championship in December.

“I look forward to begin training and am focused on getting back out on tour” – Tiger Woods

This operation marks the fifth operation Woods has had on his back, almost four years after undergoing spinal-fusion surgery.

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