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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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MLB All-Star sued for $64k by North Carolina Country Club

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Booking tee-times has often been a contentious issue even for the most private of clubs, but San Diego Padres star, Will Myers, has found his frustrations leading to the courts.

According to a recent report by The Charlotte Observer, Myers and his wife, Margaret, joined Carmel Country Club in ‘lockdown’ year 2020 after issues with his previous club, problems that included availability of tee-times due to high demand.

Per the report, after paying 20 percent of his $80,000 initiation fee, the remainder was to be paid annually over a period of four years. However, with golf experiencing a boom during the year of the pandemic, tee times were again hard to obtain and in December 2020, the Myers’ resigned and cancelled their membership.

In response to his resignation, Carmel then charged the couple for the remainder of the fee – $64,000 – and set a date of December 2020 for the amount due. They then took to the courts in March 2021 to find the couple countersuing three months later, stating they had suffered |knowing misinterpretations and commissions.”

Court filings state that the MLB star “found it almost impossible to find a tee-time and frequently could not even use the driving range.”

Carmel denied all accusations and would go on to say that the COVID-19 pandemic “immediately and overwhelmingly altered the lifestyles and available leisure activities for all members of the club.”

The trial is set for February 2022.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Full Viewer’s Guide

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Those with long memories might recall the halcyon days of television’s Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, a series of two or three-player stroke-play ‘match’ events that showed many of the top golfers of the day in light-hearted but competitive action over 18 holes.

Players such as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam were some of the miked-up stars that thrilled the crowd and viewers with their comments throughout the hour or so of recorded coverage.

Not in their wildest dreams could they envisage that 27 years later, we would get to a point where two golfers meet in what has become a huge grudge match, with both Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka ramping up the hate over the past few months and even further over the past couple of days.

Cartoon hate or real? Either way, this made-for-TV match has the golfing public eagerly awaiting the best of-12 hole bout and here is the outline of how, when and what this is all about.

Take a look at the figures and hop over to Matt Vincenzi’s article on all the betting odds available and his final verdict.

  • TV: TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN.
  • When: Friday November 26th 4pm E.T 1pm P.T
  • Where: Wynn Golf Club, Las Vegas
  • Commentators: Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley
  • Play-by-play: Brian Anderson
  • On-course: Amanda Balionis
  • Format: 12-hole Matchplay
  • Bonus (charity holes): 3-6-7-9-11

And as they want to play it like a boxing match, let’s have a ‘Tale Of The Tape’:

                                      Bryson vs Brooks

 

Is it all nonsense? is it all genuine? Is it all for PIP (Player Impact Programme) income?

Who knows. Whatever, it’s going to be the best ‘The Match’ yet.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Top prop bets and who we’re picking to win

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“The Match V”: Brooks Koepka vs Bryson DeChambeau is all set to take place at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 26th at 4:00 PM ET.

For those who want to make the event a bit more interesting, there are plenty of betting options in the prop market for the Brooks Bryson showdown.

Odds via betonline.ag

  • Bryson is a slight favorite to win the Match at 4/5.
  • A hole-in-one by either player pays 50/1.
  • Bryson is the obvious favorite for the longest drive however, Brooks is getting nearly 4/1 on this prop.
  • A blowout match decided by hole 9 or earlier pays 11/2.
Winner of The Match V
American Odds
Fractional Odds
Bryson DeChambeau
-125
4/5
Brooks Koepka
+105
21/20
Both Drives to Find Green on 12?
No
-2500
1/25
Yes
+900
9/1
DeChambeau Drive to Find Green on 12?
No
-240
5/12
Yes
+200
2/1
Koepka Drive to Find Green on 12?
No
-300
1/3
Yes
+250
5/2
Closest to Pin on Par-3 11th Hole?
Bryson DeChambeau
-110
10/11
Brooks Koepka
-110
10/11
Either Player to Hit a Hole-in-One?
Yes
+5000
50/1
First to Break Par on a Hole?
Tie
+130
13/10
Bryson DeChambeau
+190
19/10
Brooks Koepka
+210
21/10
Leader After 1st Hole?
Tie
-130
10/13
Brooks Koepka
+270
27/10
Bryson DeChambeau
+270
27/10
Leader Thru Six Holes?
Bryson DeChambeau
+160
8/5
Tie
+175
7/4
Brooks Koepka
+195
39/20
Longest Drive?
Bryson DeChambeau
-500
1/5
Brooks Koepka
+395
79/20
Match Settled By Play-off?
No
-300
1/3
Yes
+250
5/2
Total Holes Conceded
Under 2½ Holes
-180
5/9
Over 2½ Holes
+160
8/5
When will The Match be decided?
After a Play-off
+250
5/2
Hole 12
+300
3/1
Hole 11
+325
13/4
Hole 10
+400
4/1
Hole 9 or Earlier
+550
11/2

The Match V: Best Bets

Winner of The Match V: Bryson DeChambeau -125

For these types of events, I typically tend to side with the underdog due to the variance that can occur in a single match. With the match being only 12 holes, the outcome becomes even more unpredictable. However, there are a few reasons why I still believe that the value lies with DeChambeau at a slight -125 favorite.

For starters, DeChambeau has experience in this type of event. Aaron Rodgers and Bryson appeared in the match last year and defeated Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson quite convincingly. After a slow start, Bryson really appeared to gradually settle in as the match went along and should have a better idea of what to expect this time around.

Additionally, DeChambeau is just playing much better golf than Koepka recently. In their past 24 rounds, DeChambeau ranks 9th on Tour for Strokes Gained: Total whereas Koepka ranks 121st of 150 qualified golfers. Brooks is also coming off of back to back missed cuts at Mayakoba and The Houston Open.

While it is entirely possible that Koepka’s killer instinct kick in as he attempts to take down DeChambeau (who I genuinely believe he truly dislikes), I am siding with the guy who is simply a better golfer right now as a slight favorite.

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