Rickie Fowler January 4, 2024; Maui, Hawaii, USA; Rickie Fowler walks on the fourth hole during the first round of The Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament at Kapalua Golf – The Plantation Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In the game of will he, won’t he, Rickie Fowler is ensuring his stance to remain with the PGA Tour despite other pros leaving to head to LIV Golf.

“You don’t have to worry about that,” Fowler told Adam Schupak of Golfweek. “Seeing how much work the guys on the (PGA Tour) board, especially being around [Patrick] Cantlay during the off-season a little bit and leading up to this event, I’ve never seen a person be on the phone so much. These guys are pouring a lot of time and effort into it. I was on the PAC last year but have tried to stay out of the way because the guys that are in there, I trust. With Jordan [Spieth], [Patrick] Cantlay, Tiger [Woods] and the other guys, I’ve just trusted that we’re all going to end up in a good spot and I have zero plans to go anywhere.”

Fowler admitted he hasn’t been keeping that close of attention on what the other guys who have left for LIV Golf are doing, but he can’t escape it.

“I don’t check social media a whole lot,” Fowler said. “I kind of run everything through Instagram but rarely see stuff talked about on there. I guess it’s the day and age we live in. There’s only so much you can believe or trust because anything can be put out there. I’m real excited for what’s coming for me and for the Tour and all the time and effort these guys have been putting into it.”

Jon Rahm was the latest pro to leave the Tour and head to the Saudi-backed league. He is reported to earn $500-600 million in the move, but it was CEO Greg Norman who made an interesting statement following the news.

“Since Jon signed, less than a week ago now, I know my phone is blowing up,” Norman said last month.I know we probably have eight to 12 players who are very, very keen to sit down and talk to us about coming on board.”


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