Category: Rickie Fowler


October 17, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Rickie Fowler says Romney support is costing him on Twitter

Posted at 11:50 AM by Mark Dee

Oh, golfers on Twitter. They just can't seem to obey the separation of game and state.

This time, it's Rickie Fowler, who says his open -- though, by Twitter standards, wholly understated -- support of Republican candidate Mitt Romney has caused him to lose some followers on the social networking site.

Fowler tweeted about losing following after Tuesday night's presidential debate, during which Fowler retweeted Republican boosters Donald Trump and T. Boone Pickens :

Afterward, Fowler went big picture for his valediction:

At the time of this writing, Fowler still has 412,452 followers. He is, without a doubt, one of the most popular Tour players using the website. According to TwitterCounter.com, which tracks followers on the social networking site, Fowler has only netted two negative days during debate season: He lost 1,375 followers in wake of the first face-off, and 75 after the VPs went head to head.

In all, though, TwitterCounter states that Fowler is up more 6,000 followers since Oct. 1, and gains an average 218 per day. And as for all those friends he lost Tuesday? Well, he gained almost 400 more Fowlowers.

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October 15, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Phil Mickelson Q&A, Justin Rose wins in Turkey, and more

Posted at 1:13 PM by Golf.com

Phil Mickelson answered questions from his fans:

Christine Kim and Brittany Lincicome feuded via Twitter:

The tweets that sparked it all:

Things heated up as fans took to both golfers' sides, eventually resulting in explanations/apologies from both Kim and Lincicome:

Jonas Blixt, Shane Lowry, Inbee Park and Justin Rose won tournaments:

Cristie Kerr, Annika Sorenstam, and Michelle Wie celebrated birthdays:

The Vice Presidential debate sparked strong feelings from golfers:

October 12, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Back keeps Fowler out of Asian swing

Posted at 10:15 AM by Mark Dee

A balky back will keep Rickie Fowler from defending his first professional title next week in Korea.

Fowler, 23, withdrew from a pair of tournaments in Asia on Friday, citing a back injury, according to Reuters. The Korean Open, which Fowler won in 2011 over Rory McIlroy, is among the events he'll miss.

"Unfortunately, while not serious, I have battled a back issue for the past few months, and my doctors have instructed me that international travel and any tournament play is not in my best interest at this time," Fowler said in a statement on Friday.

"They have instructed me rather to focus on a therapy regimen in order to find relief as well as prevent potential issues in the future.

Fowler will also miss the $6.1 million CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a PGA Tour event scheduled for the end of October.

October 09, 2012

Live tweets from 'The Re-Match' at Cypress, featuring Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler vs. Davis Love and Nick Watney

Posted at 12:29 PM by Golf.com

SI's Alan Shipnuck tweeted from the hush-hush charity match at Cypress Point today, which featured Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler vs. Davis Love and Fred Couples Nick Watney, who stepped in as a last-minute replacement:

October 03, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Monty says Tiger should take youngster 'under his wing' at next Cup

Posted at 12:06 PM by Mark Dee

After spending much of Ryder Cup week announcing in the first-person plural, Colin Montgomerie had more to say in a Wednesday column published in The Telegraph.

Monty, a 2014 hopeful for the European captaincy, dispensed more of his bountiful knowledge to future American counterparts. Specifically, after watching Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson pair like they were playing in a country club Father-Son outing, Monty thinks Tiger Woods needs a youngin' of his own:

"It is time for Woods to be entrusted to take a young player under his wing," Monty wrote. "It’s a two-way thing, as Mickelson and Bradley showed. In fact, Mickelson was the big-winner in that pairing as Bradley really fired him on to produce his best. I see a Rickie Fowler type doing the same for Tiger."

There you have it. The Ryder Cup swami has spoken. Next time, bring on Rickie Woods and Keegan Mickelson. Sorry, Strick.

August 07, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Watch Rickie Fowler practice his diving at Kiawah Island house

Posted at 12:23 PM by Mark Dee

In Rickie Fowler's twitter profile, he describes himself as "right where I want to be." And that's entirely correct: Rickie Fowler is right where I want to be, especially this week. It's the PGA Championship, so Fowler is on vacation on Kiawah Island, eating Cheeze-Its with Bubba Watson, and generally killing time before a couple of comped tee times he has scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

So, yeah, Rickie is right where I want to be. Except when he's on a second story balcony, aiming to jump into the deep end of his vacation home's pool:

Or on a banister attempting back flip into the aforementioned pool:

Ah, it's Rio he's practicing for. Thanks for the explainer, Bubba. That would probably get a 1.8 from the PGA judge, who would really like Fowler to make his tee time with an intact skull. Meanwhile, we imagine first alternate William McGirt clapping like a trained seal while he watches these videos...

That said, it's been a strange and wonderful few days for Fowler on Twitter. A fan chalked up his 80 at Firestone to karma, and called him a "prick." Which apparently cracked Jason Dufner up. Duf has spent the last two days digitally razzing Fowler:

...And then fan's got involved:

Meanwhile, according to Dufner, Fowler has picked up some 6,000 "fowlowers" since the weekend. And, he's reminded everyone just how much better his life is than yours.

July 21, 2012

Rickie Mania rocks Bollinger's tent at Royal Lytham

Posted at 1:36 PM by Alan Bastable

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Rickie Fowler seems to be everywhere you look these days: in TV ads, on magazine covers, in goofy YouTube videos ... even swigging magnums of champagne during the third round of the 141st Open Championship.

OK, slight clarification on that last item. It wasn’t Fowler himself in the bustling Bollinger's tent on a balmy Saturday afternoon at Royal Lytham, but a posse of newspaper and advertising executives who looked just like him. 

Or sort of like him. 

Or … well, see for yourself:

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There were 14 copycats in all, resplendent in their bright orange polos, flat-brimmed Puma caps, and 80s-rocker wigs. You couldn’t miss them, and neither could Fowler. On the 16th hole Saturday, he spotted his groupies and responded with a quick tip of his cap. (Fowler shot his best round of the week, an even-par 70, and is tied for 43rd.)

Marcus Hall, a 40-year-old media planner at MediaCom, said his group has been coming to the Open for 12 years, mimicking a different player's style at each event. Last year, at Royal St. George’s, it was Ian Poulter (Union Jack trousers). Another year, they paid homage to Nick Faldo.

“We wore sh---y diamond sweaters,” Hall said.

The most animated reaction they’ve received from a pro came from -- who else? --- Miguel Angel Jimenez, whom the group honored by donning big, bushy ponytails at Hoylake in 2006. The Spaniard approached the men, all smiles, then grabbed his ponytail and playfully flipped it in the air.

At some Opens, the group has gone a step farther, serenading their player du jour with an original hymn. Like their outfits, though, some songs have been more successful than others. Here's a rendition of one of their more memorable numbers, the hauntingly beautiful Ode to the Mechanic.

July 02, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tiger Woods drives 188% ratings spike for AT&T National

Posted at 12:28 PM by Mark Dee

Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, it’s hard to deny the Tiger Effect on a golf tournament. The faithful and the cynics flocked together in throngs to CBS’s broadcast to watch Woods play the final round at Congressional Sunday. That drove the ratings through the roof, according to John Ourand at Sports Business Journal:

With numbers like that, the networks are probably fine letting the internet argue over just how “back” Tiger is. As long as he’s there on the weekend.

Greenbrier cleans up after storm damage
The Greenbrier will be somewhat less green, but this week's PGA Tour stop should continue on schedule despite storm damage over the weekend, according to PGATOUR.com. The storm smashed "70 to 80 trees" across the Old White Course, said Jim Justice, the chairman and owner of the resort.

"The Greenbrier Classic 2012 will start on schedule this Monday and go off without a hitch," continued Justice. "It's really special to see how everyone has come together over the past 48 hours. While we have a golf tournament to put on, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the widespread damage and power outages the storms have caused throughout the Virginia's and our beautiful region. We hope that The Greenbrier Classic can help serve as a positive diversion during these difficult times."

Justice is right, though: Golf tournaments -- particularly ones held at exceedingly rural, five-star resorts -- rarely bump up against real world problems. But a good walk in a green field can be a nice distraction when they do.

And if the golf isn't diversion enough, hopefully Virginia can drum up enough power to juice the Bon Jovi concert scheduled to go off on Saturday. Or for Rod Stewart on Friday, or for Tobey Keith and Lionel Ritchie Wednesday… Wait, is this a golf tournament, anyway?

Portrush makes case for Open Championship as Irish Open host
The Royal and Ancients haven't brought an Open championship to Northern Ireland since 1951, but after last week's Irish Open at Royal Portrush, many are clamoring to end the surprising streak. Most reports said the event went off without a hitch, and called the audition a resounding success. As Golfweek's Alistair Tait writes:

This Irish Open proved Royal Portrush deserves to have the Open Championship. The tournament was a sell-out before play teed off, and fans came out in their thousands despite incessant rain and cold temperatures. Attendance for the week was 130,785, beating last year's 85,179 by the proverbial country mile…

… This felt like an Open Championship. The event ran without a hitch, and was a fantastic test run for a future Open. The first available slot for the game's oldest tournament is 2017. The R&A should seriously consider Royal Portrush again. The course deserves it, the fans will support it and it would be a fantastic Open venue.

If that didn't convince you, maybe the perspective from a comfortably seated spectator 3,000ish miles away will: It looked good on TV.

X-Wedge
Rickie Fowler is determined to be the coolest golfer in the world. Or, Red Bull is determined to make Rickie Fowler the coolest golfer in the world. He's no stranger to Urban Hole-in-Ones, or playing horse with drivers in Downtown Atlanta. The latest example took place at the X-Games in L.A. and, well, just watch the video:

Still, we're not sure that was the most extreme shot of the weekend. Because on Sunday, Tiger did this:

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June 26, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Webb Simpson holds onto No. 1 spot

Posted at 11:01 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)
1. Webb Simpson (127, 7, 1) - Last three finishes: T29, Travelers Championship; 1, U.S. Open Championship; MC, Memorial Tournament
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

2. Jason Dufner (126, 4, 2) - Last three finishes: T4, U.S. Open Championship; 2, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial; 1, HP Byron Nelson Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

3. Lee Westwood (115, 2, 3) - Last three finishes: T10, U.S. Open; 1, Nordea Masters; T33 BMW PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

4. Tiger Woods (97, 1, 4) - Last three finishes: T21, U.S. Open; 1, Memorial Tournament; T40, Players Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

5. Matt Kuchar (62, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T8, Travelers Championship; T27, U.S. Open; T26, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
-Official World Golf Ranking: 7

6. Luke Donald (60, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: MC, U.S. Open; 12, Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance; 1, BMW PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

7. Rory McIlroy (54, 1, 7)  - Last three finishes: MC, U.S. Open; T7, FedEx St. Jude Classic; MC, Memorial Tournament
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

8. Graeme McDowell (35, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T2, U.S. Open; MC, FedEx St. Jude Classic; MC, BMW PGA Championship
- Official World Ranking: 11

9. Bubba Watson (33, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T2, Travelers Championship; MC, U.S. Open; MC, Memorial Tournament
- Official World Ranking: 6

10. Rickie Fowler (25, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T41, U.S. Open; T52, Memorial Tournament; T5, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
- Official World Golf Ranking: 19

Others receiving votes:
Hunter Mahan (23)
Jim Furyk (21)
Dustin Johnson (10)
Padraig Harrington (8)
Justin Rose (6)
Ernie Els (5)
Zach Johnson (5)
Marc Leishman (5)
Branden Grace (4)
Louis Oosthuizen (3)
Phil Mickelson (1)

June 19, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tiger Woods is early favorite for British Open

Posted at 11:53 AM by Mark Dee

Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the British Open. Maybe odds-makers had plans last weekend that didn’t include watching the U.S. Open? As Erik Matuszewski of Bloomberg Businessweek writes:

Woods, 36, is listed as the 10-1 favorite for the season’s third major, according to the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino’s sports book. While Woods hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, he remains popular with bettors. Woods last week had “by far the most money on him,” according to Jeff Sherman, LVH’s assistant sports book manager.

“Betting support for Tiger helped contribute to his favoritism for the British Open,” Sherman said in an e-mail.

Not far behind are Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, both coming in at 12-1, and No. 1-ranked Luke Donald, at 20-1. More notable odds for Royal Lytham: Phil Mickelson Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington are all coming in at 30-1. Some of those seem wiser than others.

Simpson to skip British?
Webb Simpson, who came in at 40-1, might skip the British Open to be with his wife, Dowd, who is expecting the couple’s second child next month, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The 26-year-old American, whose closing 68 in San Francisco made it an incredible nine first-time winners in a row in the majors, has a decision to make on Royal Lytham.

Golf's next major starts four weeks on Thursday and Simpson's wife, Dowd, is expecting their second child in six weeks.

"Officially I don't know yet," he said after beating compatriot Michael Thompson and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell by a shot at the Olympic Club.

"The next eight weeks are going to be up in the air. We're going to see what we can do."

His wife gave a more revealing answer, however.

"I don't think he is going to play the British Open just in case I go into labour," she told reporters. "It would make Webb too nervous to hop over the pond and then have to try to get back."

So make of that what you will. (And send him a postcard from Lancanshire.)

Rivalry Game
Medinah County Club hosted two dedicated rivals Monday in a pressure-packed match play duel. And unlike the Ryder Cup, which the club will host in September, both sides had the same definition of football.

The Chicago Bears routed their NFC North rival Green Bay Packers on Medinah No. 3, winning the inaugural Rivalry Cup, 10-2, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette. The participants seemed more interested in the course than the contest:

“It was an unbelievable experience to be able to play Medinah’s No. 3 Course today, especially in advance of the 2012 Ryder Cup,” said [Bears kicker Robbie] Gould, who maintains a 2 handicap. “The Ryder Cup is really the Super Bowl of golf, and I can tell you that both teams were pretty intense today. It was a real competition out there, but we had a lot of fun at the same time. I know that both the Bears and Packers will be pulling for Team USA in September.”

The Bears played well in all phases of the game, but were anchored by a strong performance from their special teams, which only confirms that punters and kickers don’t do much in practice.

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