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Nick Faldo takes ‘unnecessary’ swipe at Rickie Fowler on social media



Rickie Fowler’s 2021 hasn’t begun as he’d hoped, with just one top-20 finish in five starts leaving him now sitting 65th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

As an appearance at the 2021 Masters event looks more and more unlikely, the 32-year-old opened up on his frustrations with his game and himself, telling reporters before this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational:

“It’s very frustrating. It’s made it at times tough between Joe and I on the course. We have a great relationship, we have known each other for a long time, but when I’m out there, and I’m not hitting shots that I’m visualizing and seeing, it’s hard.

It’s tough for all of us that are involved, from my caddie, to my wife—she’s having to deal with me at home.”

In a strange twist, Fowler’s openness about his frustration has led to the 6-time major champ, now turned golf analyst Nick Faldo taking a swipe at the Californian.

In a tweet responding to Fowler’s words in an article on Golf Digest, Faldo sarcastically posted: “Good news is if he misses the Masters he can shoot another six commercials that week!”

Faldo’s tweet has split users on the social media site, with some people describing the comments as “unnecessary” and “lacking respect”, while others have interpreted the statement as playful ribbing.

However, Faldo then doubled down on his take after receiving criticism from some golf fans, making reference to his three green jacket victories – with Fowler still searching for his maiden major win.

With Rickie needing to crack the top-50 in the world to qualify for the Masters, maybe Faldo’s comment will spark the revival needed, starting this week at Bay Hill.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  1. Paulo

    Mar 6, 2021 at 3:14 am

    Faldo has won more. It’s justified

  2. Paulo

    Mar 5, 2021 at 5:17 am

    Faldo has more experience of winning than Fowler so perhaps it’s warranted

  3. geohogan

    Mar 3, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Its why those people got the label, “chirpers”
    They think that because they have a brain that thinks,compulsively
    it is of interest to others….NOT

  4. Jack

    Mar 3, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    I’d suggest Faldo was giving Fowler a bit of a beat down to motivate him… let’s see..

  5. Dixon DIaz

    Mar 3, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Fowler is overrated, always has, always will be. Truth hurts sometimes.

  6. Blahblahblah

    Mar 3, 2021 at 10:21 am

    He also incited a media lynch mob for Reed who was proven to have not broken the rules, and followed procedure for play at the Farmers. And he’s clickbaiting everyone in support of his next raise.

    • Brian LeFevre

      Mar 3, 2021 at 10:21 pm


    • JimK

      Mar 4, 2021 at 11:57 am

      Reed was not proven to have not broken the rules. He followed proper procedures IF he legitimately believed his ball may have been plugged. We still have no way of knowing for certain whether that was the case because he removed the ball from where it lied before anyone else could see it. So while there is no proof that he broke any rules, neither is there conclusive proof that he didn’t.

  7. Frank Cichon

    Mar 3, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Ask Faldo why he didn’t pick Monty for The Ryder Cup when he was Captain. Afraid Monty would break Faldo’s Ryder Cup record?????????????

  8. dixiedoc

    Mar 3, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Faldo is a useful idiot

  9. cappy ern

    Mar 3, 2021 at 8:00 am

    just another jealous loquacious limey looking for more air time

    • Cappy karen ern

      Mar 3, 2021 at 8:06 am

      The 6 time major champ jealous of Rick?
      Sensitive people these days

      • not gianni never will be

        Mar 3, 2021 at 3:44 pm

        yes the one-time winner of a PGA Major tournament in the modern era is likely jealous of a guy that is still making money (and shooting commercials) every week… faldo is an ignorant relic just like most of these crusty golf commentators.. it is very quite obvious that faldo is jealous of young athletic person.. just like every single one of you old hacks…

        • Benny

          Mar 3, 2021 at 7:19 pm

          Dude you are seriously nuts. You don’t think Faldo is making $$? You know how much he gets paid on the weekend coverages? Guys was a stud and very up tight as a player but I think he is awesome and has a ton of insight. He has every right to rib anyone he wants.

          • Not Gianni never will be

            Mar 4, 2021 at 5:25 pm

            Trust me buddy, Faldo would much rather have been in “six commercials per week” than have to take a job in golf media after his playing career.

            How about you wake up a little bit?

          • Not Gianni never will be

            Mar 4, 2021 at 5:26 pm

            It’s okay to have ignorant opinions. I don’t expect the golfing crowd to have worldly knowledge. Stay inside your own little bubble, you’ll be fine there in your own safe space

            • T

              Mar 5, 2021 at 9:37 pm

              You obviously can’t talk to Gianni, his opinions are the only ones that matter, and the rest of us are just blind to the truth.

    • A Limey

      Mar 3, 2021 at 8:36 am

      Eh? What?

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Start your Open Championship week with a viral video of lightning striking a golf ball



It’s only fitting that on Monday of Open Championship week, a major known for it’s extremely unpredictable weather conditions, a video of a lightning bolt directly striking a golf ball in mid-air has gone viral.

That’s right, a few golfers went to their local TopGolf in questionable weather, and the unthinkable occurred.


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We can certainly litigate the merits of a range session in a thunderstorm another day. While we would not endorse any golfing activities in inclement weather, at least the golf world was gifted with this shocking video.

Most importantly, we can confirm that no one was hurt. This goes without saying, but don’t try this at home!



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How much each player won at the 2021 John Deere Classic



Lucas Glover fired a sensational final round of 64 to secure his first PGA Tour title in ten years, and with it takes home the winner’s check for $1,116,000. Glover saw off both Ryan Moore and Kevin Na on the final day, with both men settling for a share of second place, which comes with a check worth $551,800.

With a total prize purse of $6.2 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 John Deere Classic.

1: Lucas Glover, -19, $1,116,000

T2: Ryan Moore, 267/-17, $551,800

T2: Kevin Na, 267/-17, $551,800

T4: Scott Brown, 268/-16, $248,000

T4: Luke List, 268/-16, $248,000

T4: Sebastián Muñoz, 268/-16, $248,000

T4: Adam Schenk, 268/-16, $248,000

T-8: Hank Lebioda, 269/-15, $181,350

T-8: Seamus Power, 269/-15, $181,350

T-8: Brian Stuard, 269/-15, $181,350

T-11: Patton Kizzire, 270/-14, $124,664.29

T-11: Sean O’Hair, 270/-14, $124,664.29

T-11: Cameron Percy, 270/-14, $124,664.29

T-11: Harold Varner III, 270/-14, $124,664.29

T-11: Cameron Champ, 270/-14, $124,664.28

T-11: Russell Henley, 270/-14, $124,664.28

T-11: Jhonattan Vegas, 270/-14, $124,664.28

T-18: Jason Dufner, 271/-13, $82,150

T-18: Doug Ghim, 271/-13, $82,150

T-18: Brandon Hagy, 271/-13, $82,150

T-18: Maverick McNealy, 271/-13, $82,150

T-18: Chez Reavie, 271/-13, $82,150

T-23: Rafa Cabrera Bello, 272/-12, $55,490

T-23: Charles Howell III, 272/-12, $55,490

T-23: Adam Long, 272/-12, $55,490

T-23: Patrick Rodgers, 272/-12, $55,490

T-23: Kevin Tway, 272/-12, $55,490

T-28: Will Gordon, 273/-11, $41,540

T-28: Jim Herman, 273/-11, $41,540

T-28: Martin Laird, 273/-11, $41,540

T-28: Henrik Norlander, 273/-11, $41,540

T-28: Chase Seiffert, 273/-11, $41,540

T-28: Nick Taylor, 273/-11, $41,540

T-34: Daniel Berger, 274/-10, $30,955.72

T-34: Michael Gellerman, 274/-10, $30,955.72

T-34: Mito Pereira, 274/-10, $30,955.72

T-34: Rhein Gibson, 274/-10, $30,955.71

T-34: Chesson Hadley, 274/-10, $30,955.71

T-34: Zach Johnson, 274/-10, $30,955.71

T-34: Vaughn Taylor, 274/-10, $30,955.71

T-41: Scott Harrington, 275/-9, $22,630

T-41: Mark Hubbard, 275/-9, $22,630

T-41: Kyle Stanley, 275/-9, $22,630

T-41: Steve Stricker, 275/-9, $22,630

T-41: Michael Thompson, 275/-9, $22,630

T-41: Camilo Villegas, 275/-9, $22,630

T-47: Bo Hoag, 276/-8, $17,339.34

T-47: Sungjae Im, 276/-8, $17,339.33

T-47: Alex Smalley, 276/-8, $17,339.33

T-50: David Hearn, 277/-7, $15,264.40

T-50: John Huh, 277/-7, $15,264.40

T-50: Matthew NeSmith, 277/-7, $15,264.40

T-50: Wes Roach, 277/-7, $15,264.40

T-50: Nick Watney, 277/-7, $15,264.40

T-55: Cam Davis, 278/-6, $14,446

T-55: Tom Lewis, 278/-6, $14,446

T-55: Scott Stallings, 278/-6, $14,446

T-58: Peter Malnati, 279/-5, $14,012

T-58: Rob Oppenheim, 279/-5, $14,012

T-58: Sam Ryder, 279/-5, $14,012

T-58: D.J. Trahan, 279/-5, $14,012

T-62: John Senden, 280/-4, $13,640

T-62: Shawn Stefani, 280/-4, $13,640

T-64: Brian Gay, 281/-3, $13,268

T-64: Andrew Landry, 281/-3, $13,268

T-64: Willie Mack III, 281/-3, $13,268

T-64: J.J. Spaun, 281/-3, $13,268

68: Greg Chalmers, 282/-2, $12,958

T-69: Scott Piercy, 284/E, $12,772

T-69: Aaron Wise, 284/E, $12,772

71: Roger Sloan, 285/+1, $12,586

72: Ted Potter, Jr., 287/+3, $12,462

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Random fan swipes Rory McIlroy’s clubs in bizarre incident at Scottish Open



We’ve had plenty of interesting moments in golf in 2021, and Friday at the Scottish Open served up another as a random fan decided he’d take a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag right from under his nose.

The incident occurred as McIlroy was waiting to tee off alongside playing partner John Rahm, with the two huddled around the Irishman’s bag with caddie Harry Diamond.

In a bizarre move, a fan then decided to swipe Mcilroy’s clubs, first going for the driver before selecting an iron, with the two pros and caddie left entirely dumbfounded by what had just happened.

Check out the incident below.


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I think Rory’s look of utter bemusement sums this wacky moment up perfectly!

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