Tag Archives: Rickie Fowler

Apr
9
2017
By Stephanie Wei under The Masters

It’s been hours since the last putt dropped at Augusta National to close out the third round of the Masters, yet every time I look up at my TV (which has the 54-hole leaderboard on the screen) and catch a glance, I’m still getting goosebumps and wowed by all the star power. LIKE I’M SEEING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME ALL OVER AGAIN. Sorry for the caps lock; that was unnecessary.

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Apr
3
2017

Leave it to yet a(nother) incredulous and absurd rules controversy to cloud the discussion and news coming out of Augusta National on Monday of arguably the biggest week in golf. In a regard, I’m glad the ANA Inspiration, one of the five majors in the women’s game, is actually getting attention, and the stories aren’t lost in the usually overwhelming joy and coverage of Masters previews as they have in years past.

Unfortunately, the spotlight isn’t on celebrating a great champion, but it’s golf’s latest rules debacle, which isn’t exactly the most flattering look for a niche sport that seems obsessed with the never-ending discussing on “growing the game.” Well, letting absurd rules incident play out dramatically on live television isn’t doing golf any favors.

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Mar
5
2017

It’s no secret that Justin Thomas has a fiery side and doesn’t hide his emotions on the golf course. Two incidents of Thomas letting clubs fly out of his hands were caught on-camera during the final round at the WGC-Mexico Championship, which he started with a one-shot lead.

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Feb
26
2017

Rickie Fowler began the final round of the Honda Classic with a four-shot lead. Hand him the trophy, right? Well, not necessarily. If it hadn’t been incredibly blustery at a difficult track like PGA National, with probably the most intimidating stretch of holes near the end with the Bear Trap — nos. 15-17, then, sure, it would’ve been a done deal.

But as one colleague noted, “I’ve seen this movie before,” meaning Fowler has experienced some scar tissue when he’s held the 54-hole lead and not managed to close the deal on the PGA Tour. The most recent occasion occurred at Riviera in 2016 when he led by a shot, but struggled in the final round and posted a three-over 74 to finish tied for seventh.

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Jan
21
2017
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Dustin Johnson finally found his rhythm on Saturday in the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Perhaps he recovered from jet-lag — it’s a nine-hour time difference from the Florida. And I know personally that it’s rough (and my body doesn’t do well or adjust quickly), and when your body clock is out of whack, it then affects your timing, tempo, touch, so basically, everything. On Friday night, however, DJ slept well, which was reflected with his score.

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Jan
20
2017

European Tour awkward reporter

And we thought it couldn’t  be done — a truly, pee-in-your pants-laughing, hilarious golf…well, anything. In the history of the game. No joke. I can’t stop laughing and tears are streaming down my face! In a good way for a change this week! But I wasn’t expecting anything less. It’s quite a feat to create a video that crosses over to non-golf industry people — I’m fairly certain anyone, who doesn’t know or watch or like golf, will be LMAOLOLZ.

Wait, what am I talking about? Well, it’s the video we’ve all been waiting for…since the pro-am on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi Championship. At least those of us who saw and/or heard the anecdotes from just about every player, manager, media person, insider on the European Tour. 

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Jan
17
2017

After 18 hours of travel across the planet, I was pretty much giddy when the plane landed in Abu Dhabi. I had finally made it to the Middle East, a region of the world I had yet to visit, and as someone who enjoys exploring new places and cultures, I was beyond excited. Then, I turned on my phone and first thing I saw was an email announcing Rory McIlroy had withdrawn from this week’s tournament due to a rib injury — a stress fracture, to be exact. Which, to my understanding, is extremely frustrating because the only prescription at this point is straight-up rest for an average of 4-6 weeks.

Talk about a buzz kill. My reaction is summed up pretty well in the photo above. But hey, I wasn’t going to let that minor detail — like the main draw of the tournament, which boasts the best field on the European Tour all year, pulling out! After all, I’m in Abu Dhabi!

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Oct
1
2016

Rory McIlroy was especially happy with earning a point alongside Ryder Cup rookie Thomas Pieter as the European pair beat Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in Saturday morning foursomes. McIlroy and Pieters never trailed and won the opening match with relative ease 4&2.

Previously, McIlroy was 0-3 against Mickelson in Ryder Cup matches.

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Sep
30
2016
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup

 

Arnold Palmer’s golf bag from 1975 was waiting on the first tee when the players arrived on a chilly, foggy Minnesota morning to kick off the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. At the time, nobody new what an omen it would turn out to be.

Justin Rose hit the first shot Friday morning but the Ryder Cup really started a minute later when Patrick Reed stood on the tee in short sleeves and pounded a drive. He was walking toward his ball by the time it landed in the middle of the fairway. Phil Mickelson might be the team leader, Jordan Spieth might be the fan favourite, but Reed brings the fire. And that means no sweater.

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Sep
29
2016
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup

 

Match 1: Justin Rose (Ryder Cup record: 9-3-2) Henrik Stenson (Ryder Cup record: 5-4-2) vs. Patrick Reed (Ryder Cup record: 3-0-1) Jordan Spieth (Ryder Cup record: 2-1-1)

No wasting time. The marquee match of the morning has Europe sending out this year’s British Open champ and Olympic champ. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson went 3-0 as a team at the 2014 Ryder Cup. Team USA kicks off its latest redemption mission by reuniting Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who were the only Americans who did anything two years ago at Gleneagles. Then, they were both rookies with very little expected of them. Now, they are expected to be America’s best. This is all good so long as they win. Now, it’s not exactly Phil and Tiger from 2004 (wait, wasn’t that Hal Sutton’s fault?) but a Spieth-Reed loss could start to deflate an American team that spent two years trying to pump itself up.

 

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