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Rickie Fowler gives surprising update amid heavy links to LIV Golf



As players prepared for the third major of the season, fears were that those returning from last week’s inaugural LIV event would attract all the attention.

However, there seems to have been some genuine respect shown by those involved with the publicity-seeking rebel tour and the world of golf looks forward to four days of tough competition at Brookline.

This does not, of course, stop rumor and speculation as who may be the next player to jump ship and Sky Sports caught up with one of those names continually banded about – Rickie Fowler.

Formerly ranked world number seven, Fowler is at Brookline as second alternate, and was asked on Tuesday what life was like being in that position.

The 33-year-old conceded, “Can be a little out of place, being an alternate..playing nine today, play nine tomorrow…we’ll see what happens”

Was he hoping someone puts a toe out of place so he can grab a starting slot?

“I don’t wish bad on anyone” said Fowler. “But, you know, if two slots open up…..we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

Fowler, former world amateur number one and winner of five PGA Tour and two European tour titles was then asked the obvious.

He gave his view on being mentioned as a candidate for the “huge topic in golf at the moment”, after several sources previously reported that the 33-year-old was set to sign with the LIV Golf Series…and it contradicted those reports.

“Unfortunately, there has been a lot of false accusations. I haven’t made any sort of decisions.”

Having been inside the world’s top-50 for 10 consecutive years from 2010, and in the top-100 over the last couple of seasons, he clearly has an affection for the PGA Tour, but admits there is a need to change.

“I believe the PGA Tour is the best place to play, has been and certainly is. I would love to see it be that way in the future but some things do need to evolve, change. So that’s kind of where I’m at”

After admitting the PGA Tour is becoming “more and more divided”, he mentions that, “with LIV, it is a very different format.”

Fowler would like to see them “co-exist”, and expands on that.

“I mean, you have traditional, 72 holes of golf, and then then 54 with the team aspect, so, yeah, I’m just trying to learn as much as I can and enjoy playing on tour and see what happens.”

Having been runner-up in the 2014 US open at Pinehurst, and with further second place finishes finishes at The Masters and Open Championship, as well as 3rd at the PGA Championship, Fowler has excellent back-form in majors.

However, with only four top-10 finishes in his last couple of seasons of regular play, he has drifted to a place just inside the world’s top 150.

It looks all but assured that Rickie won’t get the chance to tee it up this week, as he remains second alternate just hours away from the opening day’s action at Brookline.

You can catch the full interview here.

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  2. Andrew J

    Jun 24, 2022 at 8:46 am

    The plumbbobbing Ricke has lost all confidence in his putting since he can’t read a green anymore and that flaw metastasized into the rest of his game. Happens with aging eyes. The fix is P&SI-EGOS on eBay. Good eyes not needed. Actually, only one eye needed.

  3. Fick Naldo

    Jun 22, 2022 at 1:18 am

    I thought Rick quit golf and just did commercials now.

    • Nicky Fowler

      Jul 2, 2022 at 11:25 am

      Hey Faldo maybe if you were any good at the game then you wouldn’t have to keep shilling yourself for whatever training or swing gimmick and your half researched, small brain commentary….. thanks for sucking buddy!!!

    • Gerry T

      Jul 3, 2022 at 8:56 pm

      Actually, as a fellow Cobra Golf fan, I see he’s actually just tinkering like me. The RF irons with 0 offset didn’t fit his game. It’s always a work in process. I’m always amazed with the tinkering we all do. I haven’t used a 5 wood for a few years now but I have that option.

  4. His Terranova

    Jun 18, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Fowler squandered a career by not devoting himself to a work ethic. It was all about money and adoration. Life was good. Partying and the easy life. Not the smartest guy on tour by any means. He may as well continue that on the LIV tour. No loss to the PGA Tour.

    • John

      Jun 21, 2022 at 6:48 pm

      How do you know that about his work ethic? Do you know him personally? Just curious.

    • Gerry T

      Jul 3, 2022 at 8:59 pm

      It appears you know nothing about Ricky. Your assessment means nothing. Have you squandered anything by lowering your standards here? I would say so.

  5. Will

    Jun 17, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    What in the world is up with that photo?

  6. Stewart Gemmell

    Jun 17, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    Maybe in future the PGA tour will be a good stepping stone to the LIV tour.
    There will come a tipping point where the best players will gradually move over and those left behind have a decision to make.

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  9. Bobby

    Jun 17, 2022 at 12:13 am

    What would they give him? $10,000 bucks? All he’s worth.

    • gianni burner twitter accnt

      Jun 21, 2022 at 3:00 pm

      thats twice what you make bud… those ss checks aint going as far nowadays either huh bud?

  10. Brandon

    Jun 16, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    He might as well go. He already doesn’t get to play in the majors as it is, and isn’t really raking it in on the money list. Wonder what they offered. I’m guessing around 50 million. No way Rickie sees another 50 million in career winnings on the PGA tour with the current state of his game. Just depends on how much money he would lose in sponsorship deals.

  11. Tim Schoch

    Jun 16, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Bandied about. Otherwise good piece

  12. CrashTestDummy

    Jun 16, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    If Fowler or any PGA tour players loses their PGA tour card, gets limited status on PGA, or has to solely play the Korn Ferry tour, and gets a great offer from LIV, of course he will go. Who wouldn’t?

    No pro wants to grind on the Korn Ferry tour for next to nothing with how deep the talent of the fields are on the Korn Ferry. You have major winners, multiple PGA tour winners, along with a ton of talented young players dogging it on the Korn Ferry.

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  14. Quezebo Jones

    Jun 16, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Golf is starting to look like baseball with Major League and Minor League.

    • Thunder Bear

      Jun 16, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      Golf has always been that way with the various tours below, many of which are PGA Tour affiliated.

    • jt

      Jun 16, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      When golf skills once grace you and them they disappear…………….whateva

      • Rickie

        Jun 16, 2022 at 3:42 pm

        He can still beat you like a red headed step child.

        • Justin T

          Jun 19, 2022 at 2:59 pm

          You tell him, Rick

          • Jack

            Jun 27, 2022 at 11:16 am

            OK Cool Kids. Money or not, time to grow up.

            Justin, my grandkids wear hoodies.

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LPGA star blocks fan account that follows her every shot on the course



Social media in golf has changed the game in many ways.

For instance, “tracker” accounts on twitter typically follow a player and provide real time shot tracking for fans so they can keep an eye on what their favorite players are doing. The biggest example of this is “Tiger Tracker” (@GCTigerTracker) who has about 414,000 followers. Many have tried to duplicate these types of accounts with other players to varying degrees of success.

A recent example of one of these accounts is one dedicated to tracking LPGA star, Leona Maguire. In an odd turn of events, Maguire blocked the “Leona Maguire tracker” account for reasons unknown.

The tracker stated they were “hurt and confused” by the blocking.

It seems as if the block was caused by negative reporting on the shots Leona was hitting on the course. One Twitter user brought that to the attention of the tracker, who vowed to do better in the future.

At the end of the day, these “tracker” accounts are just a player’s fan accounts. Therefore, it can’t be a major shock if the player doesn’t appreciate the negative comments when they don’t have their best stuff.

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College golfer suffers gruesome on-course injury during NCAA Championship



Over the weekend, a scary injury took place at the NCAA National Championship at Greyhawk Country Club.

According to Golfweek, a sophomore from Oregon, Greg Solhaug stepped on a tee during the event. The tee went all the way through his shoe and his foot, forcing him to withdraw.

After Solhaug withdrew, Oregon only had four players remaining to compete. The Ducks head coach, Casey Martin, told he’s never seen that type of injury before.

“I’ve been in golf nearly 50 years and have never seen anything like that. He was in a lot of pain.”

The NCAA’s Associate Director Rick Nixon released a statement on the incident.

“Oregon student-athlete, Gregory Solhaug, suffered a foot injury during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships and was forced to withdraw from competition. Oregon, which completed Saturday’s second round with four players, will have the option to substitute another player into their team lineup for subsequent competition rounds, as they deem appropriate.”

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Phil Mickelson reveals why he won’t accept Brandel Chamblee’s offer to debate with him on Golf Channel



A couple of weeks ago, Phil Mickelson admitted he had been a “bit chippy” on Twitter recently. That hasn’t stopped him though, and last week he escalated the war of words between confirmed anti-LIV analyst Brandel Chamblee and himself, with support led by Brooks Koepka’s coach.

2022 saw much of LIV derided for having players now incapable of competing in major championships. Now, after many placings at Augusta, and Koepka’s win at the PGA Championship, the tide is beginning to turn, summed up by Lefty’s comment on his favourite social media site:

Soon after the victory, Koepka’s coach Claude Harmon gave his view of the ‘pay-to-play’ model, saying, “I want LIV to succeed and I want LIV to work because I am pro-professional athlete,” confirming his belief that the top golfers should be paid whatever the result.

He then took a swipe at Golf Channel’s Chamblee and golf journalist Eamon Lynch for their constant jabbing at the source of income for the rebel tour.

“Brandel is a paid actor by NBC and Golf Channel. All he’s trying to do is get his lines and shows for the Golf Channel. He’s just trying to get lines for Brandel … And I mean, I love him, I think Eamon is a fantastic writer, but for Eamon Lynch and Brandel Chamblee, who worked for NBC Golf Channel to utter the words ‘sports washing’ when the company they work for televised the last two Winter Olympics in Russia and China with the same leaders that they’ve had. It’s not like they were good leaders back then. It’s not like Putin was a good guy, right?”

Where Chamblee was happy to argue on television about the LIV/Ryder Cup debate, he is as happy as Mickelson to state his case on-line, most notably concentrating again in ‘sports-washing, ‘ denying he is a “proxy for the opinion of my employer, ” amidst a 500-plus word post that included a swipe at Harmon.

“Especially, as in the case of the person who called me a paid actor, if they can somehow profit from the evil. This is where the debate crashes headfirst into the nexus of politics, sports and narcissistic greed. Where those who want to escape it most often cloy at whataboutisms, to stop the discussion with a pejorative accusation because they don’t want their motives to be discovered.”

“So while Brooks Koepka’s win at the PGA Championship was impressive, it should not distract us from the simple fact that LIV players are being used for the benefit of some very bad people and to the detriment of a great many more good people. That LIV Golf, with its inability to develop stars and seeking to buy them like high performance cars, is undermining the dignity intrinsic in golf.”

That’s when Mickelson steps in and, after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, starts the fire by posting,

“Poor Brandel. He can rip apart me and countless others, but as soon as someone shows his ignorance, he can’t handle it. He’s softer now than he was as a player.”

That was enough (again) for Chamblee, who got even more personal, highlighting the imminent release of the book by convicted insider trader Billy Walters, and his relationship with the six-time major champion. 


As NUCLR Golf tried to sum up the entire episode, Mickelson then revealed another twist – his fierce rival had blocked him!

On Saturday, midway through LIV Golf DC, Phil was back, seemingly notifying all that he would be even more vocal in future.

Asked if he would go on-screen to debate, Mickelson was clear that he wouldn’t be going to Chamblee’s ‘house’:

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