Rickie Fowler, Cindy Crawford Celebrate By Drinking From Ryder Cup

Apparently, the Ryder Cup is not exclusively for golfers.

The Ryder Cup spent plenty of years in the Europeans’ hands, and now that it’s owned by the Americans, it has had plenty of travels. Most recently, it crashed Rickie Fowler’s 28th birthday party.

Fowler Snapchatted himself drinking from the trophy Tuesday night, but the best photo to come from the event was with American model Cindy Crawford chugging from the Cup. “Oh, do you want your #RyderCup back Rickie Fowler?” Crawford wrote in the caption. “Just wait ’til I finish my Casamigos!”

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Rickie Fowler Appears on ESPN’s College GameDay, Has Close Call With Shotgun

Rickie Fowler Appears on ESPN's College GameDay, Has Close Call With Shotgun

Rickie Fowler Appears on ESPN’s College GameDay, Has Close Call With Shotgun

Rickie Fowler has been a superstar in the golf world from day one, long before he captured the 2015 Players Championship and started routinely contending in major championships.

And if you’re a Fowler fan, or even a casual observer of golf, surely you’ve heard him talk passionately about his alma mater, Oklahoma State, and its football team. Even his trademark all-orange Sunday outfit is a nod to the Cowboys.

On Saturday, Fowler joined the GameDay crew prior to the start of the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry game. It goes without saying whom Fowler picked to win, but the real excitement came from analyst Lee Corso. When Corso also picked the Cowboys, he celebrated by firing off a few rounds from a shotgun into the sky, the second of which was a little too close for comfort for Rickie.

Watch the Vine of the incident below:


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Hank Haney on Spieth, Rory’s Drive and Rickie’s ‘Need to Improve’

hankPerhaps more than any golf instructor, Hank Haney knows exactly what is required to become the best, having coached Tiger Woods for six of his 14 major championships. And perhaps more than any golf instructor, Haney isn’t afraid to speak frankly about which players have it, and which don’t.

In an interview with John Huggan of the Scotsman, Haney is asked which member of golf’s big three will have the best career. Haney, who worked with Woods for six years, talked about what it takes to be the best through the prism of his experience with the 14-time major champion — and spoke most highly of Jordan Spieth.

“[Spieth] has that internal motivation that is second to none right now,” said Haney. “He has had no issues with his body. And he is best in putting, the part of the game that is hardest to improve. When you get to your 30s, you don’t normally become a great putter. So I have to go with him.

“His only downside is that he isn’t all of a sudden going to get long off the tee. He is running as fast as he can run in that department.”

We all know that Rory McIlroy has the kind of length that Spieth lacks, but what’s holding the 26-year-old Northern Irishman back?

“I do wonder about Rory’s motivation,” Haney said. “He’s made a lot of money. It’s human nature to ease off, but I don’t see the same dedication in him that I see in Jordan. There was the playing soccer thing. And the comments he made at the end of the season worried me. He said that the years Jordan and Jason just had motivated him, which is fine. But when did Tiger ever need that sort of motivation?”

Haney didn’t mince words when asked about Jason Day, either.

“With Jason you have to keep in mind that it has taken him a long time to figure out how to win at the highest level,” Haney said of the 27-year-old. “That time has been wasted. If he had figured it out quicker, I would have said he would turn out to be the best historically. If you look at his game compared to the other two, he should be the one.

“He is third in driving distance, sixth in greens in regulation, 14th in sand saves, fifth in strokes gained putting, fifth in three-putt avoidance and second in scrambling. He is by far the best player. Rory, in comparison, is 56th in scrambling. That’s a big difference.”

Haney would further point to putting as what sets Spieth apart from McIlroy and Day, saying that Woods and Jack Nicklaus were the “best pressure putters” in their primes.

But all this talk about the Big 3 comes at the expense of Rickie Fowler, who despite wins at the Players Championship, Scottish Open and Deutsche Bank Championship in 2015, is on the outside looking in.

“Rickie isn’t anywhere near the class of the other three,” Haney said. “He has to win a major to be up there with them. Actually, he just has to improve. Statistically, the top three are on a whole different level from anyone else.

“But Rickie is on a trajectory to get close to the top. He has shown that he can handle the moment. That’s a great trait. His problem is getting to the moment. If he gets there though, he can handle it. But so can the big three. So even that doesn’t give him an edge. It just puts him on their level.”

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Rickie Fowler Wins Scottish Open With Late Birdie Barrage

Rickie-Fowler-CoverRickie Fowler had a season full of near misses last year. He’s finding the winner’s circle much easier to locate in 2015.

Two months after winning The Player Championship to end a three-year title drought, Fowler produced another nerveless display down the stretch to capture the Scottish Open on Sunday for his first victory on European soil.

The American birdied three of the last four holes over the Gullane links for a 2-under 68 in his final round to overhaul compatriot Matt Kuchar and win by one shot. Fowler took the outright lead for the first time this week with his last shot of the tournament, a tap-in putt from inside two feet after a stunning approach with a 57-degree wedge from 109 yards.

“I can definitely get used to having more of these,” Fowler said, looking at the gleaming trophy in front of him.

All the current talk in golf is of the fight for global domination between Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Fowler, a top-five finisher in all four majors in 2014, has been elbowed out of that particular conversation.

Perhaps that should be revised.

Fowler certainly is proving he can rise to the big occasion. He went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie on the last four holes at The Players to force a playoff in the greatest finish in the 34-year history of the TPC Sawgrass.

Here, he reacted to a bogey on No. 14 to go birdie-birdie-par-birdie.

“Very similar to down the stretch at The Players,” Fowler said. “Worked out just fine.”

It is the fourth title of Fowler’s professional career, and the second outside the United States after the Korea Open in 2011. And his links game looks in good shape ahead of next week’s British Open at St. Andrews.

“To win on a links golf course, my favorite style of golf, in Scotland and the week before the Open and going to St. Andrews, the Home of Golf is great timing,” he said.

“I like my chances (at the British Open).”

Kuchar was on the practice range, preparing for a playoff after shooting a 68, when applause drifted across from the grandstands on No. 18. Fowler had just nailed his approach.

After knocking in what proved to be the winning putt, Fowler doffed his cap and acknowledged the crowd. But he had to wait for the final pairing of France’s Raphael Jacquelin and England’s Daniel Brooks to play the last before really celebrating.

Jacquelin was the only one who could force a playoff, but he needed an eagle 2. That almost happened, with his approach from 120 yards spinning back to a foot from the cup.

Jacquelin shot 70 to tie for second place with Kuchar, and claim one of three British Open places on offer. Brooks, ranked No. 528 and the third-round leader by a shot, and Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg took the others for finishing in the top 10.

Playing the biggest round of his life, Brooks’ driving was poor and he was forced to scramble for a 73 that tied for seventh with Luke Donald (66) and Ross Fisher (68).

Marc Warren of Scotland shot 64 to finish in a three-way tie for fourth on 10 under, with Eddie Pepperell (69) and Joost Luiten (70).

Fowler decided to alter his schedule and play the Scottish Open the week before British Open for the first time last year, after seeing Phil Mickelson win both events in 2013.

He is halfway toward emulating his compatriot two years on.

“I told him I would see if I could take care of the first leg of it,” Fowler said, of his conversation with Mickelson on the morning of the final round.

“Got that done. But there’s a lot of work to get done to get a win next week.”

Johnny Miller: Rickie Fowler Is On The Rise
Watch out, Rory. Rickie is fast-improving and poised to make a major statement, says Golf Magazine contributor and NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller.
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