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Rickie Fowler

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Rickie Fowler is a professional golfer from the United States of America who currently plays in the US PGA Tour.

Fowler had a trophy laden and extremely promising career as an amateur and was the top ranked amateur golfer in the world for a whopping 36 weeks between 2007 and 2008. Such was his prowess as a player during his days as an amateur that many people thought that he could become the next Tiger Woods and was considered as the United States’ answer to Rory McIlroy, who would go on to become world number one and a four time major winner.

But that hasn’t happened and Fowler is struggling to get into the top ten in the Official Golf World Rankings and has managed to win just two titles in his five years as a professional golfer on the US PGA Tour.

After the Walker Cup in 2009, Rickie Fowler announced that he would turn professional and he soon joined the Nationwide Tour, making his debut as a professional golfer with the Albertsons Boise Open. That same year, he announced that he had signed a multi-year deal with golf equipment manufacturers Titleist and also joined the sponsorship of Rolex.

At the majors, Fowler also has struggled to come good and his best result remains a T2 at the US Open and The Open Championship and a T3 in The PGA Championship, all of which have come in 2014, which goes to show that it has taken Rickie Fowler years to deliver on the promise that he had shown as an amateur.

Many people believe that his antics off the field have had something to do with that and until and unless he gets his head straight and focuses only on the sport, he will not deliver on that promise.

Matt Kuchar to lead team USA in Canada Cup

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American golfer Matt Kuchar is all set to lead a World Squad which will take on the Canadian squad in a number of matches in the inaugural edition of the Canada Cup matchup at the Halifax to be organized on June 30th. The organizers announced on Wednesday that the match up will be first of its kind and they are looking to advertise this tournament as a leading tournament of the future. The Canadian team will be comprised of seasoned golfers like David Hearn, Mike Weir and Graham DeLaet and the event will be held at the Ashburn Golf Club in Canada.

The American team will feature two other PGA Tour players along with Matt Kuchar and each of the sides will also feature a golfer from the developing tours in order to encourage young and upcoming golfers.

Matt Kuchar, currently the 11th ranking golfer in the world, has already been victorious in six PGA tours; including the famous 2012 Player’s Championship and also the 2013 WGC Match Play. The American has already made a name for himself in the golf circuit and it is not surprise that he was chosen as the captain of the American team all set to compete in the first ever Canada Cup.

This can be huge step in the advancement of the game as it is a new tournament and it promises to be a turning point in the inter nation games which are been popularized now. The tournament will also be a great opportunity for the new players from both teams to practise their skills with the veterans and the proper exposure for the international stage. The Canada Cup will be held in June and it is promised to be a huge money spinner as well as a spectacle for both the country’s crowds.

Milligan, The Famous Golf Instructor

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Lee Milligan, a famous golf instructor passed away this Monday. He was the coach of Andy North, the two time US Open Champion. Lee was suffering from various complications for the spinal injury and was aged 81 when he died. Lee was a very good basketball player and also a great golfer at the same time.

On hearing the news everyone in the golf industry was very depressed. People who were close to him were sharing his records and was explaining what great person he was. Andy North was all tears after he got the news. He was recalling the days when his father had to drive him for more than 100 miles so that he got proper lessons from Lee. Lee was hired first in Chicago for Barrington Hills Country Club. North continued about Lee saying how special Lee was for him and he hailed him as one of the great people he ever met. He had the ability to make everyone happy around him.

People close to Lee said so many good things about him. They told the reporters how positive he always was and on top of that he had a great sense of humor. He was one such person who had the ability to make things work just like that. Once you knew Lee it was hard to stay away from him.

Andy North, a golf commentator says that he was like a child to Lee and was treated like a family member every time he visited Lee’s place. There is a special section in the autobiography of Lee Milligan where Andy talks about the experiences with Lee. There are also photos with Lee and how he trained him. His family members are deeply aggrieved due to this.

Rickie Fowler happy with Australian PGA

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It had been more than an hour since Australian golfer Adam Scott had taken the Australian PGA title and had been presented with his trophy when the media found American Rickie Fowler still standing along the championship greens and signing autographs for the fans.

Fowler, who finished as the runner up to Scott in the Australian PGA at Pines, looked far from bitter at having lost the title to the weather. Fowler, at one point, was in a superior position to challenge Scott but the inclement weather, which forced the officials to stop the play for some time, halted the momentum he had built up and enabled Scott to build on his one stroke lead as he ran out the winner with four shots.

However, the youngster who had been hailed as the new Tiger Woods when he first burst onto the scene was happy that he was able to share the space with Scott. Rickie Fowler stated that it was obvious that he was not going to win the title but it was still a pleasure, being able to stand alongside Adam Scott and seeing him win the title in front of his home fans. He also hailed the support they had received throughout the weekend and mentioned that it had been the highlight of the event for him.

The rookie American also mentioned that it had been a great event, the fans had thronged to the course in their numbers and although most of them had come to see Scott, he was still happy that they cheered for him along the way.

Rickie Fowler stated that he immensely enjoyed his time at Gold Coast and he was looking forward to coming back very soon and would love to come back next year for the event if he is invited.

Furyk up one on Steve Stricker

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Jim Furyk kept his fifty nine behind with a round which was ten shots higher in BMW Championship. An opportunity to win was all that mattered that made Saturday a huge success. Jim recovered from a slow beginning with 3 birdies in a 5 hole stretch across the turn. A 3 putt bogey from thirty feet on the par five 18th pushed him to settle for a two under sixty nine and a 1 shot lead over German golfer Steve Stricker.

Jim Furyk told that the target was to go out and shoot a good number, give him a spot to win this golf event. It could have been better out there. He dropped that shot at 18 he was disappointed for that. Probably, it was one of the easier holes of the day. But he got himself in good spot, so rather than dwell on the final hole, he would probably tend to want to think about tomorrow and what he have to do to try to win a golf event.

It was a different ending from Friday, when Jim Furyk shoot a wedge to three feet for birdie on the final hole (number nine) for a twelve under fifty nine, becoming just the 6th golf player in the history of the PGA Tour to score the magic number of the game.

None anticipated another round such as that from Jim, even though Matt Kuchar had a sixty one early in the day when conditions were favorable – with fast greens, firm fairways and increasing wind. 3 other golfers who had fifty nine in an earlier round came after with anything better than 68, but Jim did quite enough to offer himself a scope to end 3 years without a win.

Rory McIlroy confirms participation

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Former two time major champion and the current world number three Rory McIlroy has confirmed his participation at this year’s Australian Open to be held at the Royal Sydney Golf Club between the 28th of November and 1st of December later this year, along with Australian golfer Adam Scott, according to a statement released by the organizers of the event.

This will, in all probability, be the last big tournament for the Northern Irishman this season and will mark his return to the tournament for the first time since 2007 when he played at the event when it was held in Melbourne, finishing tied for 15th. He last played at the Royal Sydney Golf Club when he was still an amateur, playing at the event in 2006 when he finished tied at 59th position back in 2006.

According to a statement released by Rory McIlroy, it has been quite a long time since he last participated in the Australian Open at Sydney when he was there as a 17 year old amateur golfer and then played at the event the following year in 2007 after just turning professional.

He mentioned that he had loved playing in Sydney and mentioned that he was very much looking forward to returning to the Royal Sydney Golf Club and renew his acquaintance with the course once again.

McIlroy has had a torrid season this time around having not won a single title throughout the year and not even finishing close to the leader at the end of an event and many have blamed the change of equipment that Rory McIlroy made this season and with fan favorite and world number four Adam Scott playing alongside him at the event, winning the title at the Australian Open will prove to be a lot difficult too.

About Jason Dufner

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Jason Dufner is a professional golfer from the United States of America who currently plays on the US PGA Tour, where he has earned two titles till date. Born in Cleveland region of Ohio, Dufner and his family moved to Washington when he was 11 years old and then again to Fort Lauderdale in Florida when he was 14. It was in Fort Lauderdale where he first took up golf during his stint in school as a sophomore as well as in his junior and senior years.

At the famous Auburn University, Dufner was a walk on and went on to win three titles in his collegiate career and was also an honorable mention as an All American back in 1997. He went on to graduate from the University in 2010 with an honors degree in Economics. Having turned professional in 2001, Jason Dufner went on to join the Nationwide Tour, which is considered by many as the developmental territory of the US PGA Tour. He played on the Nationwide Tour in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006, going on to win two titles – the BUY.COM Nationwide Tour in 2001 as well as the LaSalle Bank Open in his last season of the Nationwide Tour in 2006.

During his early career in the US PGA Tour, he struggled to hold his place down on the Tour. He played on the US PGA Tour in 2004 but he had to return to the Nationwide Tour again for the 2005 season before returning to the US PGA Tour in 2007.

Jason Dufner has won two titles on the US PGA Tour, both of which have come in 2012. He won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the HP Byron Nelson Championship and finished runner up to Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA Championship.

Phil Mickelson commits to St. Jude Classic

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Legendary American golfer Phil Mickelson is going for a change of strategy as he builds up to the US Open this year, looking to leave behind a disappointing couple of seasons as he looks to mount a stronger challenge for the second major of the year. The legendary American left handed golfer, who has become synonymous with the sport in the United States along with Tiger Woods, has committed to play in the FedEx St. Jude Classic as he looks to get into momentum ahead of the US Open in a month’s time.

This a tournament that has not had the presence of Lefty for too long, and Mickelson has appeared only twice in the tournament, missing the cut back in 2001 and finishing with a T-59 the last time he participated in 2009. Phil Mickelson joins a strong field for the tournament, including defending champion Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter and Brandt Snedeker to commit to the tournament as of now, which will take place between the 6th and 9th of June in Memphis, Arizona at the TPC Southwind.

Phil Cannon, the director of the tournament revealed to the media about the participation of Lefty in the tournament through a press release where he stated that he is not qualified to speak about such a legendary player and there is nothing left for him to say that has already not been said about the player.

Cannon went on to state that Phil Mickelson is, without a doubt, one of the greatest golfers of all time and it is a privilege for everyone associated with the tournament that he has decided to play in the tournament once again. Mickelson is a player who prefers playing the week before a major but didn’t play before The Masters but he is going back to his old habit again.