Rickie Fowler failed in the clutch three weeks ago at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, losing in a playoff to Hideki Matusyama. So now the three-time PGA Tour winner is practicing with one of the greatest winners in sports history: Michael Jordan.
According to USA Today, Fowler played a round with Jordan at the ultra-exclusive Floridian National Golf Club on Tuesday to prepare for this week’s Honda Classic at nearby PGA National. The golf-obsessed NBA Hall of Famer is a frequent playing partner of Fowler’s in Florida.
“Of course there was something on the line,” Fowler said. “The juices were flowing. I compare it to the money games on Tuesday with Phil. You have to be on your toes and there is pressure. It’s a great way to prep because he’s one of the greatest competitors in the world.”
Despite his Phoenix Open defeat, Fowler does have recent experience in the winner’s circle, capturing the Deutsche Bank Championship last September and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January.