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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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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay to caddie at next week’s PGA Championship

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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay will return to looping duties at next week’s PGA Championship after a mix up meant that Max Homa’s caddie would be unavailable.

Speaking on the Get a Grip podcast, Homa explained that his regular caddie Joe Greiner wanted to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Chambers Bay – believing that the event was the week of the Charles Schwab Challenge.

However, after realizing the event was in the middle of this year’s PGA Championship, it left Homa stuck, but Greiner quickly found him a decent replacement in the legendary Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay.

“I’m super, super fortunate. I’ve gotten to know Bones out at Whisper Rock in Arizona and he is truly one of the nicest, greatest people I’ve ever been around.” said Homa on teaming up with Mackay.

Mackay has recently worked for NBC and Golf Channel telecasts since his split with Phil Mickelson. However, he has also worked as a fill-in caddie for Justin Thomas, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Walker over the past couple of years.

Next week will be the first time Bones has teamed up with Homa, and it’s a prospect that the 30-year-old is relishing.

“I have the utmost respect for Joe’s caddying and I mean this is not a slight at all, so please believe me when I say that … but it’ll be really cool to be around someone like Bones,” said Homa. “Joe has learned his way into this. Not that Bones didn’t, but he’s been doing this forever.”

 

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Smylie Kaufman explains brutal 1-foot miss at Monday Qualifying

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We’ve all heard stories about how cutthroat Monday qualifying is each week, but Kaufman’s tale is a real heartbreaker.

Kaufman missed out on a playoff by one stroke, and the crucial one stroke needed to make up the ground was a missed 1-foot putt.

The Alabama native took to Twitter on Tuesday explaining the missed 1-foot putt, which he put down to: “not realizing my ball accumulated so much water and sand” after a rain delay.

Golf fans were perplexed by the incident, with many not sure if Kaufman had failed to mark his ball, but it’s more likely that the putt was his second after the restart. Just brutal luck.

The 29-year-olds fall from grace has seen him drop to 1530 in the World Golf Ranking, having made just one cut worldwide since 2019.

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Rory McIlroy’s heart rate hit stunning high on 72nd hole at Wells Fargo

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PGA Tour professionals are imperious at looking cool under pressure, but in reality, they aren’t immune to high moments of stress.

Thanks to Whoop’s partnership with the PGA Tour, now us mere mortals can all see exactly how the best are feeling.

The most stressful moment for Rory McIlroy at Quail Hollow last week came on the 72nd hole when he hooked his 3-wood off the tee dangerously close to the water.

Per Whoop Live, the Irishman’s BPM (Beats per Minute) spiked to 140 following the tee shot. It settled back to 115 as he addressed his approach to the green but once again rose dramatically following his putt to win, with his BPM hitting a remarkable 151.

 

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Whoop, the human performance company and 24/7 fitness tracker and health monitor, became the official fitness wearable of the PGA TOUR in January.

Part of this partnership includes Whoop Live, which throughout the season will highlight player biometric data and heart rate during defining moments with real-time metrics integrated into live broadcast and digital content.

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