The bromance in the golf world is quite a heartwarming scenario. Although it is known for its competitiveness, there are numerous tales of friendships, too. Rickie Fowler has one such trio he is a part of. His companionship with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth is no secret.
Fowler is currently playing at the BMW Championship in Illinois, the penultimate event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the leg of the PGA Tour. Recently, though, the pro golfer found himself at the center of a controversy.
Is Rickie Fowler hinting at a spat among friends?
Rickie Fowler scored 66-69 on Friday and sits tied for the sixth position at the BMW Championship. He is familiar with Olympia fields, especially after winning Oklahoma State in 2007 at the same site. He is in contention for the title this week. And it looks like a 103-year-old fan is in complete support of him.
A lifelong golf fan, Grandma Susie, attended her first PGA Tour event this week. And she met many golfers on the field while witnessing the championship. When she turned 100, some players sent her a happy birthday video, singing hoped for her in 2020. Fowler was a part of it.
After round 2 on Friday, he talked about life coming full circle after sending her the video in 2020. Fowler was also asked what questions he had for Susie. He responded, “We just chitchatted, had a conversation for 10 minutes or so. Hopefully threw out some other guys’ names that she can watch like Jordan and JT. I’m not sure if she actually didn’t know them or — I threw out the names and she wasn’t quite sure. So we’ll see. Maybe we gave her a few more guys to watch when she’s watching golf on TV.”
A day 103 years in the making.
Lifelong golf fan Grandma Susie experiences her first day at a PGA TOUR event, with a few special surprises along the way. pic.twitter.com/DVmysPcwYU
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 18, 2023
Another question he responded to was about how he felt seeing her. Susie hoped he would play a good game and called him his all-time favorite golfer. The conversations and grandma’s fascination with the sport are evident in a Twitter video shared by the PGA Tour.
The remark is awkward, considering the trio is often seen hanging out. And for Fowler to have remarked on Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth‘s anonymity in Grandma Susie’s memory hinted at a potential dig from his end. Do you think it was an unnecessary remark?
How are the players heading into the weekend?
Max Homa will enter the weekend at BMW Championship as the lead. He scored his career-low score of 62 in round 2. It was also a record for the Olympia fields. He leads the scoreboard by -10 due to 10 birdies and two bogeys.
Right behind Homa is Chris Kirk. He reached a score of -8 with four birdies and zero bogeys. Rickie Fowler is in the sixth position, a little farther from the leader. But his focus is also on something else. He is currently ranked at the 12th position in FedEx Cup rankings and wants to be in the top 30 at BMW Championship. Why?
This week, he desires an excellent performance to solidify his place in Atlanta ahead of the Tour championship. And as per the rules, only 30 golfers advance from the BMW Championship to play the Tour championship. Do you think Rickie Fowler will be able to make it? Perhaps Grandma Susie will be a good luck charm for him.
Justin Thomas missed five of eight cuts since the PGA championship this year. Therefore, he did not make the playoffs. While Spieth is trying to showcase his best game, and stands at T21. But, despite everything, we hope Fowler’s friendships are not in danger of suffering.