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Rickie Fowler gives surprising update amid heavy links to LIV Golf

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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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  1. 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.

  2. Fick Naldo

    Jun 22, 2022 at 1:18 am

    I thought Rick quit golf and just did commercials now.

  3. 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.

  4. Will

    Jun 17, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    What in the world is up with that photo?

  5. 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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  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. Tim Schoch

    Jun 16, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Bandied about. Otherwise good piece

  11. 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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  13. 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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Justin Thomas hits out at rules officials at Women’s PGA Championship

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With two holes remaining in the final round of the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C., the final group of Lexi Thompson, In Gee Chun and Hye-Jin Choi were put on the clock.

The women’s PGA has caused the hot topic of slow play in golf to resurface. The pace was also sluggish on Saturday, with the last group Saturday played in 5 hours and 45 minutes, causing the last half hour of coverage to be bumped off of NBC.

The reigning men’s PGA Champion, Justin Thomas took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the golfers being put on the clock while chasing a major championship.

Thomas did say he was “all for helping slow play”, but it would appear he believes pace should be maintained in some circumstances but not in others.

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Lexi Thompson’s behavior following Women’s PGA defeat sparks fierce debate

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Lexi Thompson has had one hell of a golf career.

At 12 years old, she became the youngest ever woman to take part in the US Women’s Open, and at 16 she became the then youngest ever winner of an LPGA tournament.

With the golfing world at her feet, the star junior player won six events by the end of 2016, including her first major – the Kraft Nabisco in 2014 – and looked set for superstardom.

It hasn’t all gone to plan, though, with the pain continuing into last night’s final round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship when, after leading by two shots, she finished with two bogeys and a par to lose by a shot to In Gee Chun, another who had let a lead slip through Sunday’s tense final 18.

Majors have proven a tough gig for 27-year-old Thompson.

Lexi led the 2017 running of the first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration, into the back nine, before being notified of a four-shot penalty for misplacing her ball on the 17th hole of her third round – two shots for putting the ball back in the wrong place, and two for incorrectly signing her scorecard – all via notification from a television viewer.

In tears, the former World Number One fought back to birdie the final hole, finally losing a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the only time Lexi has found things conspire against her at the wrong time.

During the 2021 season, she blew a five-shot lead the down the stretch of the US Women’s Open with a series of errors, whilst in November of the same year, she lost her third playoff of the year when failing to capitalize on yet another lead, this time at the Women’s Pelican Championship.

Shrugging that off by saying she is working on all aspects of the game and feels good, Sunday the 26th of June will surely not be a day she will want to keep in the memory banks.

As mentioned, after In Gee had played nervously throughout the opening holes, Lexi found herself in front going down the stretch and hot favorite to finally lift her overdue second major.

Winning is hard, golf is hard, and it just didn’t happen. Again.

If losing (yes, that’s sadly the right word) wasn’t enough, Lexi was then fined $2000 for slow play after her round.

Lexi, perhaps unsurprisingly, refused to talk to the media after coming off the course and, naturally, social media has had a field day with both instances.

Justin Thomas took to Twitter to plead: “I’m all for helping slow play, but putting those ladies on the clock with 2 holes left trying to win a major seems like a good read the room situation and don’t put them on the clock.”

Zephyr Melton of Golf.com was tweeting the main twists and turns of last night’s final round and noted Lexi’s refusal to speak to the media as “not a good look.”

Whilst he admitted that she did come out and sign hundreds of autographs after, the replies to the initial tweet were many and varied.

The majority called for the media to “give her space”, whilst a good few gave the comparison to Naomi Osaka, the number one tennis player who refused to speak to the media at the French Open before being told she would face expulsion if not doing so.

Back then, Osaka said she had witnessed players breaking down after questioning by the press, and called for prioritizing the player’s mental health.

The question must be, is a player obligated to talk to the media covering an event?

According to one respondent:

It’s called being a professional and facing the music when you choked away a major championship (again, I might add). You owe it to the people who supported you & the entire country! Osaka and her have a lot to be ashamed of. You would never see this happen w/ Billy Jean King!”

While another countered, saying:

“The media overestimates how much people really want to hear what athletes have to say following devastating losses. I’d rather give them their privacy and let them talk after they’ve had time to process.”

Did she choke? Unquestionably.

Does she need to be questioned about it just minutes after doing so, not that long after throwing away a couple of similar chances and answering it all back then?

Leave that to you, GolfWRX readers.

*Photo courtesy of @TheAmyRodgers

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2 big European names reportedly in talks with LIV Golf

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Over the past few days, it’s been revealed that Matthew Wolff and the world’s number two ranked amateur Eugenio Chacarra have signed with LIV Golf.

Although Wolff has struggled this season, the 23-year-old already has a PGA Tour win and was once thought to be a rising star in the golf world.

Now, we have more speculation on two more notable names who will seemingly make the jump to LIV Golf in the coming days.

The Times is reporting that “there is speculation around Tommy Fleetwood, whose wife and manager, Clare Craig, was at the Centurion Club. There is also speculation that Henrik Stenson’s management team has been in talks with LIV.”

Stenson’s case is an interesting one. The Swede is set to be the European Ryder Cup Team’s captain next year in Italy. It’s been previously stated that any golfer who joins LIV Golf will not be able to compete in or captain for the Ryder Cup. It appears that Stenson will be giving that up.

One DP World Tour official stated, “should Henrik cross to the other side, he will not be captain at next year’s Ryder Cup.”

Fleetwood’s reported departure is another major blow for golf. Although he’s famously come up short thus far on the PGA Tour, he has a decorated DP World Tour record with five victories including two Abu Dhabi HSBC Championships. The Englishman has also been a massive fan favorite on both tours.

According to a tweet by Telegraph reporter, James Corrigan, “there were loads and loads of golfers’ agents at Centurion for the first LIV event”.

It appears likely that more names will continue to surface each week as the PGA Tour season begins to wind down.

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