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‘No hard feelings or anything like that ‘ – Rickie Fowler explains decision to split with longtime caddie

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Rickie Fowler is getting ready to compete at this week’s Playoff opener after squeezing into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings.

The 33-year-old is looking to overcome a poor run of form that has seen his star fade, with the former World Number 4 now languishing outside the top 150 in the world.

Ahead of this week’s FedEx Cup opener, Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis first reported that Fowler had split from longtime caddie Joe Skovron who had been on Fowler’s bag since Rickie turned pro in 2009.

Speaking on the split, Fowler told Lewis:

“It happened Friday night when we finished up in Greensboro. Told Joe I wasn’t really gonna go into details on who brought up the decision or who made the decision or anything like that. We’ve always been a team, we always will be a team, he’s like a big brother to me. Friendship and all that comes first.

No hard feelings or anything like that, I just thought it might be the best option for the current time, but by no means does this mean we’re not gonna rekindle the flame in the future or anything like that, but I know it’s been tough on both of us.” 

Ben Schomin, the tour operations manager for Cobra Puma Golf, will caddie for Fowler this week in Memphis. Schomin filled in for Bryson DeChambeau last summer following his own split with his caddie, and per Fowler, nothing is decided yet on a long-term replacement.

“Still don’t know where I’ll end up,” Fowler told Lewis. “I got Ben on the bag for me this week. I thought about who I am gonna bring in for kind of a one-off, or this could kind of be next week as well, just depending on how we play this week.”

Fowler has competed in 17 events this season, missing the cut in eight and failing to register a top-20 finish in any.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  1. Andrew J

    Aug 30, 2022 at 6:58 am

    All Rickie needs is to do is putt better. His solution is on eBay, search P&SI-EGOS

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Justin Thomas reveals list of goals he achieved and fell short of in 2022

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On Monday, world number seven, Justin Thomas, revealed exactly what his goals were for the past 2021/2022 season, and we might consider them a tough list.

 

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Of the 12 targets, he made the Tour Championship at East Lake last week, eventually finishing fourth in the 72-hole scoring event and tied-fifth in the ‘official’ event (with strokes start), although viewers may also remember him for his reaction to Rory McIlroy’s victory.

He’s also ticked off number two on his list – making the Presidents Cup team for Quail Hollow later this month is a given – and whilst the result is still to be determined, the United States Team is a hot favourite.

Points three, four and five relate to wins – sure, he won the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, but that was his only victory of the year, meaning he fell well short of the four-plus wins expected. He also gained a top-10 finish at Augusta, but 37th and 53rd at the other two majors means half-a-cross by the fifth goal.

Five of the targets are stats-related, and whilst he fell short of the 60% fairways hit, he was 16th in strokes-gained-off-the-tee, recording +0.538. SG putting fell short of the 0.3 target, measuring 0.91 in 85th place, but his strokes-gained-total was an impressive +1.68 in fourth place, but short of his +2.0 target.

JT’s approach play from 50 to 175 yards makes great reading. He isn’t outside of the top-three for any of those factors, so the goal to be top-20 for 50 to 100 yards was easily achieved, and when he misses, the figure of +0.355 around-the-green just tips him over another ambitious target.

At the end of the Tour Championship, JT told McIlroy that he played “awesome golf,” and with Scottie Scheffler winning four times, including The Masters, he was never getting close to getting to number one in the world, though if he carries on as he desires in his last point, he should get closer to the top next year:

“Work harder than I’ve ever worked before.”

He ticked that.

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Report: Joaquin Niemann secures monster payday after agreeing to join LIV Golf

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According to The Telegraph, Joaquin Niemann is headed to LIV Golf.

The 23-year-old Chilean is the latest of LIV acquisitions and is an enormous get for the Greg Norman led breakaway league. Niemann is reportedly signing for a whopping $100 million – a fee in the same region that Cam Smith has reportedly agreed.

The signing for LIV is undoubtedly one of the most important to date. With many golf fans questioning LIV’s ability to sign players who are yet to enter their prime, Niemann proves that LIV can attract young international stars.

Golf Channel is also reporting that another Chilean, Mito Pereira, is headed to LIV Golf but is not going to tee it up at this week’s LIV Boston event. Niemann, however, will be playing this weekend.

Niemann was reportedly at the recent PGA Tour players-only meeting led by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

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Golfer posts arguably the coolest scorecard of the year during club championship

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This week, at the Club Championship at Southwood Golf & Country Club, a golfer incredibly carded a hole-in-one, an eagle and an albatross all in the same round.

Karlos Jeong, who was competing in the first round of the Club Championship, made his hole-in-one on the 130-yard par-3 8th. Jeong immediately followed that up with an eagle on the par-5 9th hole. As if that wasn’t enough for a single round, he then made albatross on the 489-yard par-5 16th.

Jeong finished the round with -5 (67), but it’s fair to assume that his final score will be far from the most memorable aspect of his round.

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