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‘It’s been humbling’: Rickie Fowler opens up on struggles

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Rickie Fowler’s slide down the rankings over the past year means the Californian now needs help to compete at major championships, with Fowler missing his fifth cut of 2021 at last week’s Byron Nelson.

Thankfully for the world ranked 128th player, a once regular at the majors, Fowler has received a special invite for this week’s PGA Championship, having already missed the Masters back in April.

Speaking at last week’s Byron Nelson, Fowler opened up on his struggles on the course and where he thinks he has gone wrong in recent times.

“You can pick them all. It’s been a bit of everything. A big part of it was playing too much golf swing, which needed to be done early on. But I think it went on for too long. Now it’s back to playing golf and hitting shots.”

The 32-year-old moved away from Butch Harmon in 2019 and is now being coached by John Tillery, who also coaches Kevin Kisner. Despite the current issues, Fowler remains confident that the two are working on the right things needed to turn the corner.

“It’s not like he’s giving me bad information, or we’re working on the wrong things. We’re all out here to try to be better. Sometimes it doesn’t work out as quickly as you want. It’s unfortunate that it has taken this long.

At the same time, it’s been humbling. You learn a lot when you’re at tough points. These are things that can make or break you. They test you. I’m still upright and moving forward.”

Fowler’s appearance at the 2021 PGA Championship will mark his 12th consecutive start at the championship.

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

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Gunter Eisenberg

    May 21, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Faldo was right all along…he should stop making commercials and work on his game..

  2. Brandon

    May 17, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Seem to me that his game fell apart when he was playing those Rev33 razor blades. Maybe he still has ptsd.

  3. William

    May 17, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    I didn’t get the feeling Rickie is blaming the swing coach. We know Butch is semi-retired and doesn’t come to most tournaments. He likes staying home in Vegas. Rickie decided he needed to make a change. The transition has taken longer than desired. The good thing is Rickie has plenty of money, his sponsors love him and he’ll figure it out.

  4. Irwin R. Shyster

    May 17, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    When all else fails, blame the “swing coach”.

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Brooks Koepka claims Bryson started feud and ‘went back on his word’

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Both Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau are in action at this week’s Travelers Championship, with the two seemingly further away than ever from burying the hatchet.

The two have been openly quarrelling for the last couple of months in an ongoing rivalry that has captured the attention of more than just golf fans.

Ahead of this week’s event, Brooks Koepka spoke to media where he shared his version of the genesis of their feud, claiming that Bryson “went back on his word”.

“I thought it was just interesting when he walked up to my caddie and told Ricky that if I had something to say, to say it to his face. I thought that was kind of odd. Don’t walk up to my face, say it to my caddie.

When we had that conversation we agreed on something and he went back on it. So, you know, if you’re going to go back on your word I don’t have much respect for that.”

The 31-year-old has also been speaking to ESPN Sports Center host Matt Barrie ahead of this week’s event, where he said that he has “definitely got the better” of Bryson and that it’s unlikely the two will be settling their issues over a few drinks.

“There’s not much to talk about. Everything that’s gone on, it’s been one of those things. This whole thing started basically because of him so you know, I’ll leave it at that. I don’t see us having dinner or drinks or Michelob Ultra just to settle it.”

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Tokyo Olympic Men’s Golf field revealed

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This summer will see some of the best golfers in the world representing their country at the Tokyo Olympics, with the final field now set.

The withdrawal of Dustin Johnson means that Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau are the four men who will play for the U.S., with Patrick Cantlay being first alternate.

As for Team GB, Tyrrell Hatton is the latest man who has withdrawn, citing issues related to Covid-19, international travel and schedule. Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey are the two men who will represent Team GB in Tokyo this summer, while Sergio Garcia is a late withdrawal for Team Spain.

Check out the full list of competitors below:

Justin Thomas (USA)

Collin Morikawa (USA)

Xander Schauffele (USA)

Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

Rory McIlroy (IRL)

Shane Lowry (IRL)

Viktor Hovland (NOR)

Kristian Krogh Johannessen (NOR)

Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)

Rikuya Hoshino (JPN)

Paul Casey (GBR)

Tommy Fleetwood (GBR)

Abraham Ancer (MEX)

Carlos Ortiz (MEX)

Sungjae Im (KOR)

Cameron Smith (AUS)

Marc Leishman (AUS)

Joaquin Niemann (CHI)

Guillermo Mito Pereira (CHI)

Corey Conners (CAN)

Mackenzie Hughes (CAN)

Victor Perez (FRA)

Antoine Rozner (FRA)

Garrick Higgo (RSA)

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA)

Siwoo Kim (KOR)

Sebastian Munoz (COL)

Emiliano Grillo (ARG)

Thomas Detry (BEL)

Alex Noren (SWE)

Thomas Pieters (BEL)

Kalle Samooja (FIN)

Sami Valimaki (FIN)

Matthias Schwab (AUT)

Sepp Straka (AUT)

Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN)

Jazz Janewattananond (THA)

Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

Francesco Molinari (ITA)

Guido Migliozzi (ITA)

Henrik Norlander (SWE)

Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP)

Jon Rahm (ESP)

Joachim Hansen (DEN)

Rory Sabbatini (SVK)

Ryan Fox (NZL)

C.T. Pan (TPE)

Adrian Meronk (POL)

Maximilian Kieffer (GER)

Hurly Long (GER)

Juvic Pagunsan (PHI)

Ondrej Lieser (CZE)

Scott Vincent (ZIM)

Gunn Charoenkul (THA)

Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR)

Rafael Campos (PUR)

Gavin Green (MAS)

Carl Yuan (CHN)

Wu Ashun (CHN)

Anirban Lahiri (IND)

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Butch Harmon offers club-throwing advice in funny video

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The influx of club-throwing on tour isn’t to everyone’s taste, but in a fun video Butch Harmon has offered up his advice for those who plan to partake in the act in the future.

“OK, for those of you who are temperamental and like to throw clubs; not saying I agree with it or don’t agree with it because I’ve thrown a few. But there’s an art to it.” began Harmon.

The art? Location and convenience for the retrieval.

“Number one, never throw the club sideways or backward because you have to go get it. Always throw it on the line you’re going to walk on.”

Harmon then broke down the technique, which includes his top-tip of always throwing underhand,

“But then the technique is important; you want to have a nice windup and a nice load through the club. The madder you are, the more adrenaline you have, the further you’ll throw it. This one will probably only go about 50 yards, but here’s the technique. Good wind up, move into it, and always underhand.”

Check out Harmon’s advice, plus his perfect club throw in the video below!

 

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