Top 100 Teachers: Rickie’s Got No One to Blame But Himself

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Rickie Fowler reacts after missing a birdie putt on the fourth hole during the final round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The talk at the Phoenix Open last week was all about the calamitous shot on the 17th that cost Rickie Fowler the win. Rickie took the loss hard, tearing up during the press conference that followed. But whose fault was the blunder? GOLF’s Top 100 teachers are near-unanimous on this question: the responsibility rests on Rickie’s shoulders, not his caddie’s. A whopping 80% are making no excuses for the orange-clad World Number 4. 

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Better luck next time, Rickie. Aside from the majors he’s chasing, Fowler has another event to look forward to in 2016: the looming Ryder Cup. The young Americans likely to represent Team USA are already fired up and itching to take on the Europeans—but is all the fuss and attention too much? The Top 100 are all for it. Seventy-eight percent agree that this early dedication is a smart approach to ending America’s dry spell. 

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Getting Jack Nicklaus involved certainly can’t hurt. The Golden Bear’s not a bad source of inspiration for amateur golfers, either—although according to our teachers, some weekend warriors are spending too much time trying to imitate Jack’s long drives. Fifty five percent think that amateurs are overly focused on their driving and tee shots, when they should be fine-tuning their short games.

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