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

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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

19 Comments

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  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

      Truth

    • 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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Callaway does limited edition “major” bag for ANA Inspiration

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With so much emphasis put on major championships, it’s not just the professional golfers that face a pressure-packed build-up to the events—so do many designers working behind the scenes to create commemorative bags like the ones being used by Callaway staffers this week at the ANA Inspiration on the LPGA Tour.

Callaway debuted the bag on their Instagram page with Morgan Pressel and you can check out the video below.

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Brooks Koepka gets engaged to Jena Sims; Signs of Masters hope?

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Brooks Koepka is now engaged to Jena Sims after the couple announced the news on their social media sites on Thursday.

The two began dating in 2017, and Sims, who has been prominent at tournaments involving Brooks since then, revealed the engagement news with the caption: “Forever is no joke.”

 

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Doubt remains over Koepka’s involvement at next week’s Masters, but there has been the odd sighting of optimism for Brooks’ legion of fans besides the seemingly free movement of the 4-time major champ in Sims’ photos posted yesterday.

The Masters website removed Tiger Woods from their player list for 2021, but Koepka remains in said list, and according to Rich Lerner at Golf Channel, the 30-year-old was taking full swings at Riviera CC this week.

Could a newly engaged Koepka still tee it up at Augusta?

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Ian Poulter switches to long putter and claw grip…but all is not as it seems

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Ian Poulter was in his element on Thursday, with the Englishman using Instagram to pull off a slick April Fools Joke.

The 45-year-old posted a video of himself practising with a belly putter and a claw grip in preparation for next week’s Masters tournament with the caption:

“I’ve been testing this for a while and it’s simply more consistent. Putting is key at the Masters. So if you can’t beat them join them…”

 

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While some posters fell for the prank, the pros were quick to see through Poulter’s scheming:

  • Bryson DeChambeau: “Uh oh, is this one of those April… you know….”
  • Tyrrell Hatton: “Just need a greens book now.”
  • Justin Thomas: “Better get it in fast before it’s banned!”

It wouldn’t have been a true April Fools Day without a little something from the Postman!

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