Rickie Fowler supports the PGA Tour but doesn’t close the door on LIV Golf – Palm Beach Post

At first glance, Ricky Fowler He seemed the perfect candidate to join LIV Golf.

His game has declined but he is still one of the most popular players in the world. He is 33 years old and he and wife Alison Stock had their first child in November.

But Fowler resisted the league, which is funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, giving him more money than he’d ever seen before by staying loyal to the PGA Tour. it’s not Brooks Kopkaand Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed and others who made their bones in the Tour and then dumped everything they were standing for grabbing the money. This is their right, but it comes at a price, especially when it comes to their respective legacy.

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Sure enough, he would fit in with many other 30-plus golfers whose games were a back nine. And he could use the defense of his desire to be free to spend more time with the family. It’s laughable when these golfers leave a tour where they were independent contractors who set their own schedule to join one where they are employees and are booked for 14 weeks starting in 2023.

However, Fowler’s message has not changed. Jupiter resident Adam Schupak of Golfweek recently told that the Tour “is where I plan to be” and that he believes “things are in a good place and heading in the right direction.”

But he also left the door openAs he has always done, currently adding the tour is the best place to play “and I would love to see it continue but you can’t expect it to stay the same and be the best all the time, if that makes sense.”

A perfect feel for someone who doesn’t want to shut that door on their options. And here is the reason:

Fowler’s free fall was very steep. It fell from No. 10 in the world in May 2019 to No. 101 in less than two years. Having reached the highest No. 4, it is now No. 173, its lowest ranking in over 12 years. His last win was 3½ years ago at the Phoenix Open. He’s had four Top 10s in his last 63 posts while losing 25 cuts.

the culprit? He said last week that he put it. In 2017, Fowler led the tour in Strokes Gained: Putting. It is currently number 168.

“I don’t put it anywhere near what I’m used to or know I can,” he said. “It does a lot with momentum and confidence and frees you from the rest of the game, and you don’t necessarily feel like you have to hit it close to making sparrows.

“I’ve been riding really well. I think the last thing is seeing a few shots will free up the rest of the game to start sailing again.”

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Fowler told me at this year’s Honda Classic that he would have liked to see a recovery happen “soon” but “being with your friends who’ve been through it or been through it together, I know they’re on my side. Me” they’ve always been on their side. It makes it a lot easier when you have people on your side.”

However, Fowler still appreciates the game (and tour) that has allowed him to make a generational fortune (over $41 million in prize money, and so much more on the course) and remains a fan favorite.

And despite the ongoing search to re-establish his game – he recently split from his 13-year-old caddy, Joe Skovron – Fowler remains upbeat and still ready to play against the best in the world.

But for how long?

Fowler was reportedly in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday for the Tour players’ meeting that lasted more than three hours and was led by Tiger Woods. The topic was how to combat LIV and the momentum it gained in such a short time.

And Fowler likely has a lot to say given his comments to Golfweek.

He said, “I told the tour and (Commissioner Jay Monahan) when I met them that I don’t think they handled it well at all.” A lot of things have happened in the last six months to a year and it’s starting to happen, to me, they’re reacting to it versus the emergence of Premier League golf and LIV talks when they should have been proactive and showing in front of it.”

Fowler added that he is encouraged by the growing round of governors and the renewal of their schedule.

“(LIV) might bring in potential new audiences just because they’re different. At the same time, that’s not always what golf has been like,” Fowler said.

But if you never coexist, will Fowler continue to resist the temptation of LIV? It looks like this will depend on the PGA Tour.

Tom D’Angelo is a journalist at The Palm Beach Post. You can reach him at tdangelo@pbpost.com.

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