Lucky No. 125: Rickie Fowler Is The FedEx "Bubble Boy" - Dog Leg News

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Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    It’s hard to believe Rickie F-ing Fowler was that close to losing his card. Considering all the good Rickie has done for golf, gotta wonder how much karma helped. And LIv. UnbeLIVable.

    Again, Nick Faldo will be missed. Probably my earliest vivid memory watching live golf was Faldo methodically reeling the Shark in at Augusta in 96. He showed such class in victory with his empathy for Norman.

    He’s been a different person but equally great in the booth. He really has. Informing and entertaining. And of course classy.

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      Tom Edrington

      I first met Faldo on the putting green at Bay Hill in 1979…..not much of a personality back then; As for Rickie, I repeat what a good friend of mine said who once took lessons from Butch Harmon in St. Louis when you could get a LESSON WITH Butch for $50 an hour and he said to me: “Name one player who has left Butch and gotten better…..” Rickie left Butch and went to hell in a hand basket.

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        baxter cepeda

        That’s true but the the thing is guys whom have parted with Butch usually don’t completely collapse.
        Tiger and Phil and Adam many others have done quite well post Butch. This is very unique to Rickie.
        Rickie needs a new swing instructor. I would seriously go back to whomever he worked with before Butch.


          Tom Edrington

          Butch set Tiger up with his best swing, he got in trouble trying to change it, finally had to adapt to his injuries; Phil had a couple of cups of coffee with Butch, not sure how much time AS spend with him.


            baxter cepeda

            Tiger definitely got some of his knee injuries working with Butch. They were all about snapping that left knee. They had to make some changes before splitting.

            2007 to almost 2016 is longer than a cup of coffee with Phil.

            Tiger and Butch worked together before but as a pro they worked together from 1996-2002. So less than Phil.

            Adam I believe started with Butch soon after the split with woods. They were together a long time. Basically copied tigers swing.

            Also Norman. After he split up with Butch he he was still pretty darn good too.

            Butch helps most guys be successful after they leave him. He doesn’t tend to leave people lost. Again Ricks situation is fairly unique.

            Butch has had his differences with players but he has never really called out a player for possibly not being focused enough because of all the outside opportunities like he has Rickie; and Butch has worked with some huge players with tons of distractions. Maybe that’s what’s holding Rick back now.

            But You did hear he split with his caddie?
            I hate to see it but it could be a very good thing. I just don’t know what Rickie needs. At times with joe they seem lost and at odds between Rickies natural aggressive style which can be wreckless and trying not so well to be smart and conservative.
            Does Rick need a guy to let him be the aggressive golfer he is? Almost like joe on steroids.
            Or does he need a guy to make him play the disciplined golf joe or anyone has never been able to get out of Rick?

            Regardless It is good to see one of the most loyal guys in golf get rid of one of his best buds. That’s definitely surprising but a sign Rickie is serious. . Unless of course he just wants to give joe a chance to find a good young players bag while he is still young enough.

            I’ve been saying fowler may need to ditch tillery his swing coach post Butch. Now after ditching joe it seems very likely. I mean if Rickie can get rid of Joe, seriously, anything can happen.

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