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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

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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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Over 20,000 pieces of counterfeit golf equipment seized in China

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The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group (The Golf Group) announced this week that six raids of counterfeit golf product facilities were conducted last month in China, with the latest seizing over 20k pieces of goods. The organization was aided by Shanghai Police who detained seven suspects during the raids.

A total of 21,281 pieces of counterfeit golf equipment was seized as well as 51,904 fake trademark labels including XXIO, Titleist, Scotty Cameron, TaylorMade, PXG, Callaway, and Ping.

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Manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit golf equipment has become a serious problem in China, as more than 2 million counterfeit products has been seized by The Golf Group since 2004.

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The group has been adamant about trying to maintain the integrity of the game and has made it clear that any counterfeiters of golf equipment will face severe legal consequences.

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Paul Casey’s caddie John McLaren to take break due to mental health reasons

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As first reported by the PGA Tour’s Ben Everill,Paul Casey’s caddie, John McLaren is taking an indefinite mental health break from the game of golf.

The 55-year old long time caddie has been traveling across the world with Luke Donald, Tony Johnstone and Paul Casey over the course of the past 31 years.

The last 18 months have been particularly difficult for McLaren who has had a hard time constantly traveling to many different countries during the COVID-19 pandemic:

“The accumulation of the last 18 months of travel, the testing, the uncertainty has taken its toll, not only on me, but how I am at home with my family,” he told PGATour.com. “And once that starts to have an impact on my young children and my wife, whom I very much love, then the questions start to arise about the sacrifices relative to what needs to be gained.”

Paul Casey expressed approval of McLaren’s decision, acknowledging the bravery it takes to speak out about those struggling with mental health.

He also emphasized that this isn’t a retirement, and he expects “Johnny Long Socks” to be back on his bag at some point in the future.

 

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7 golf books to read this winter

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We hope you find this list valuable, GolfWRXers! All products were independently selected by GolfWRX staff. We may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Prices are accurate and items in stock as of publication or ready to pre-order!

1. Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf by Ben Hogan

Description: “A timeless classic with nearly one million copies in print, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport—fully illustrated with drawings and diagrams to improve your game instantly.”

Get it from Amazon for $7.21

2. Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr Bob Rotella

Notable review: “This is the bible for golfers who want to learn to have a better mindset when playing and practicing the game. If you find yourself getting worked up during a round of golf, or feel like your game is stagnating, this book can help get your mind right. Well-written and straightforward I recommend this book to anyone who takes the game seriously (maybe too seriously). I learned that the way to improving my game was not in perfecting the golf swing but in improving my thinking and emotions on the course.”

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3. Make Your Next Shot Your Best Shot: The Secret to Playing Great Golf by Dr Bob Rotella

Description: “In Make Your Next Shot Your Best Shot, Rotella’s message is simple but effective: to reach your greatest potential in golf, you need to set your sights high and always think positively. He wants you to aim for something incredible: free your mind, concentrate on your process, accept whatever happens, and commit to making your next shot your best shot. Rotella shows you how to focus your mind, create a routine for success, persevere, and overcome failure.”

Get it from Amazon for $23.34

4. A Course Called America: Fifty States, Five Thousand Fairways, and the Search for the Great American Golf Course by Tom Coyne

Notable review: “Tom Coyne has delivered another fantastic read with “A Course Called America”. With his easy flowing style and vivid descriptions he brings you along on another amazing adventure, but this is more than just a golf book. It’s about people and priorities and remembering what’s important in life. If you haven’t read anything of his before, start with this book and you will quickly want to read A Course Called Ireland and Scotland.”

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5. Up and Down: Victories and Struggles in the Course of Life by Bubba Watson

Description: “He was a small-town boy who burst onto the international golf scene with a dramatic hook shot from deep in the woods to win the Masters— before the game he loved almost killed him. Opening up about the toll that chasing and achieving his dream of being a champion golfer took on his mental health, Bubba Watson shares his powerful story of the breaking point that gave him clarity.”

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6. The Story of The Masters: Drama, joy and heartbreak at golf’s most iconic tournament by David Barrett

Notable review: “This book made me feel as though I were outside the ropes at every Masters through the decades. Barrett’s deep research and deft writing does what no other book on the Masters has done–provide a year-by-year narrative of the world’s greatest golf tournament. When the Masters comes this April, I’ll have this book at my side to reference all the history and what happened at the time. Highly recommended for all who love the Masters and sports history.”

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7. The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney

Description:The Big Miss is Hank Haney’s candid and surprisingly insightful account of his tumultuous six-year journey with Tiger Woods, during which the supremely gifted golfer collected six major championships and rewrote golf history.”

Get it from Amazon for $17.95

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