Quick Round With Rickie Fowler

By Randall MellNovember 7, 2009, 1:46 am
Rickie Fowler will be back in the spotlight next week at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney World as he seeks to win his PGA Tour card without a trip to Q-School.
Fowler has won $553,700 in his two PGA Tour starts as a pro, which would put him 135th on this year’s money list. Fowler needs to win enough money at Disney to move him among the top 125 to earn exempt status next year and avoid Q-School. David Duval holds down the 125th spot with $623,824 in earnings.
Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler has one event left to earn his 2010 PGA Tour card. (Getty Images)
Should Fowler not crack the top 125 in money, he’s still likely to remain among the top 150, which will earn him a free pass into the final stage of Q-School Dec. 2-7 at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Fowler, 20, who left Oklahoma State after two seasons, tied for seventh at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in his first PGA Tour start as a pro. He tied for second with Jamie Lovemark in his second start at the Frys.com Open, losing in a playoff to Troy Matteson. Senior writer Randall Mell caught up with Fowler this week for a quick round:
Your full name is Rickie Yutaka Fowler. Tell us about your middle name.
It’s my grandpa’s name. It’s Japanese. My grandpa’s full Japanese. I’m a quarter Japanese.
Your grandfather got you started in golf, right?
Yes, he got me started at age 3, when he was just picking up the game. He took me to the range with him.
Your dad, Rod, won the Baja 1000 on a four-wheeler and got you started on dirt bikes when you were 3. How did growing up in motocross and on dirt bikes shape your personality and the way you play golf?
I think it made me the quick player that I am. I just kind of step up and go. I don’t take too much time or over-think shots.
Your coaches say you also play with a fearlessness. Your dad says that is linked to the thrill-seeking you got on a cycle.
Definitely, the way you handle yourself on the track, making jumps on a cycle, I think it’s why the way I play is a little different from others, not as traditional. I stay fairly aggressive, and I like to take my chances.
When did you race in your last motocross event?
I didn’t do too much racing, a little bit here and there. I was probably right around 14 or 15. I mainly rode for fun. I had a lot of buddies I rode with who are now racing as pros. I didn’t get into racing a lot, most of the stuff I did was out play riding.
What’s the biggest rush you got riding?
Being in the air, doing stunts, taking risks.
Doesn’t your whole family ride, your dad and mom and little sister?
Yes, the whole family rides. We used to take rides together in the desert in the winter. We would take five to 10 trips a year. We haven’t all gone together for awhile, but my dad still rides on a weekly basis. My mom and sister and I are busier now, but I still like to hop on a bike every once in awhile and play around, but I’m a little more conservative.
What do you ride?
My dad’s bike, my sister’s bike, one of the play bikes. There’s a 450, a 250F or a little 150F. We have a variety.
We know about your dad, but your mom, Lynn, is a big influence in your life. Tell us what she’s passed on to you.
She’s a very focused, meticulous person, very calm. She spends a lot of time on the road with me. She keeps me level headed and humble and from getting too far ahead of myself.
Barry McDonnell, the Murrieta Valley (Calif.) driving range instructor and the only swing coach you’ve ever known, says you had that long, flowing hair the first time he met you as a little tyke. Have you always worn your hair long and is there some Samson-like power in it?
I used to spike my hair in middle school, but I’ve had long hair my whole life. It’s who I am. I am not trying to be anything crazy. I get some grief sometimes for it, but a lot of people like it. I am just doing my own thing and not worrying too much if people hate it or like it.
Mike McGraw, your coach at Oklahoma State, says you are a shot maker, that even though you hit it a long way, you like to play creatively, to work the ball and shape shots more than most players your age. Where does that come from?
It mainly came from Barry growing up on the driving range. Instead of hitting shot after shot straight, or trying to do the same thing over and over, we worked on moving the ball right to left, or left to right, or high, or low. We worked on control and knowing where the clubface is at and where the ball is going to go.
You’ve made a couple big checks already. Have you splurged on anything?
No, I helped my parents get my sister a car. I made that purchase. I’m not sure if I’ll get paid back or not.
What kind of car?
Lexus RX 350.
Nice, anything for yourself?
Got some hours for my jet.
The washout of the Viking Classic means the Children’s Miracle Network Classic is your last chance to win your Tour card without going to Q-School. Did the washout ratchet up the pressure?
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to play, but I was coming off a good week. I have one event to get in the top 125 or go to the final stage. I’m really looking forward to Disney, it will be great tournament.
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.