Tag Archives: Rickie Fowler

Sep
29
2014

The European and American teams got together to celebrate the end of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Hotel on Sunday night. There was no shortage of alcohol and things got a little weird. Rory McIlroy posted the above photo of himself with Stephen Gallacher on his Instagram, wearing a wig and tartan kilt — oh, and he was shirtless. 

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Sep
27
2014

The American Ryder Cup team find themselves in a familiar position heading into Sunday’s singles matches: Losing. After a 3.5-0.5 thrashing in Saturday afternoon foursomes, the Europeans have taken a(nother) commanding lead 10-6 headed into the final day of the biennial matches.

Miracles do happen as we saw only two years ago at Medinah, but the chances of it happening for the Americans on foreign soil are slim to none. To put it bluntly, I’m not seeing “Glory at Gleneagles” — it’s been more like “Goof at Gleneagles,” with several major questionable decisions made by American Captain Tom Watson. (Just a few to start with: Why did he sit the rookies in Friday Foursomes? Why did he play Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley twice on Friday? Why didn’t he play them at all on Saturday? Why didn’t he rest Jimmy Walker?)

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Sep
26
2014

After a solid Friday morning fourball session for Team USA, the Europeans dominated the afternoon foursomes, winning 3.5 of the total possible 4 points from the second session.

Unfortunately, I was correct in my prediction that the Americans would get throttled (I guessed 3-1), but it was obviously even worse than I anticipated. (Not that anyone cares, but the good news is I correctly predicted the score 2.5-1.5 after the first session, and I have a bet slip to prove it!)

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Sep
26
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Sergio Garcia didn’t have his A-game at Gleneagles on Friday. In fact, he might not even have had his B-game as he played alongside Rory McIlroy in the afternoon foursomes, but he hit the shot of the day with his second on the par-5 18th.

McIlroy’s drive left Garcia in the right rough. While Sergio acknowledged he had a decent lie, he launched a spectacular five-wood to about 15-feet for eagle. Though McIlroy missed the putt, the tap-in birdie was conceded and the Europeans walked away with a half point from the American pair of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

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Sep
26
2014

The Captains have set their lineup for the Friday afternoon foursomes and the matches have also been determined. For the few of you not familiar with this format, foursomes is the fancy word that golf’s powers-that-be or someone in Scotland decided to call “alternate shot.” It’s the most entertaining to watch and the toughest to play. It’s the format that really turns golf into a team sport. Simply, it’s awesome.

But I digress. Here are the pairings/matches for the second session in the 40th edition of the Ryder Cup. 

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Sep
25
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Here at Gleneagles, we’re all waiting for the pairings to be announced (which are highly predictable at least on the American side), along with Friday’s first session fourball matches. However, because the Opening Ceremony is dragging on way too long (surprise, surprise, I know!), I was browsing through the pictures from last night’s Ryder Cup Gala when I came across this beyond amazing gem.

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Sep
24
2014

While American captain Tom Watson continues to play coy about Friday’s pairings, it appears as if they’ve already been long decided. The U.S. Ryder Cup team went out in the same three set of foursomes in Wednesday’s practice round as it did on Tuesday. Playing from the ninth tee in the morning, the first group out for the Americans included Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson.

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Sep
23
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

As you can see in the above photo that he posted on his Instagram on Sunday, Rickie Fowler decided to show his team spirit and passion for the Ryder Cup via a new haircut. Prior to boarding the charter plane to Scotland, the American had “USA” shaved into the side of his head.

Captain Tom Watson was quite supportive of Fowler’s new hairdo. 

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Sep
10
2014
Spieth teeing off no. 1

Spieth teeing off no. 1

I was headed to the practice area late Wednesday morning  at East Lake to chat with players and look for a good story on the eve of the Tour Championship. Well, sometimes the most fun ones are the kind you just happen to stumble upon. In other words, you’re at the right place at the right time.

That’s what happened today. I stopped to talk with Ryan Palmer’s caddie James Edmondson, who was waiting for his player on the first tee. As Palmer was teeing off, Rickie Fowler strolled up, then Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth. 

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Sep
8
2014

Morgan Hoffmann made the biggest move of all in the FedExCup Playoffs. After missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship, Hoffman snuck into the field at The Barclays, the first of the four Playoff events, at no. 124 in the points standings.

His play-for-broke approach in the next three events earned him a spot at not only the Tour Championship, but all the goodies that go along with it — a place in the field at next year’s four majors and World Golf Championships. 

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