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05:14 PM ET 04.30 | in a playoff with Rory McIlroy, and D.A. Points last year, Rickie Fowler went on a tear. The popular Oklahoma State star from Murrieta, Calif., nearly repeated the following week at The Players with a second place tie, and a tie for fifth at Colonial. After Colonial, Fowler faded on leaderboards, but has retained his immense popularity. Rickie Fowler will tee it up on Thursday at The Quail Hollow Club located in Charlotte, N.C., to defend his 2012 victory on this beautiful 7,492-yard par 72 layout which was designed by George Cobb, and opened for play in 1962. For older fans like myself, you might remember that this tournament as The Kemper Open until 1979. The venue hosted The World Seniors Invitational from 1980 until 1989, and the PGA returned in 2003 as The Wells Fargo Championship.

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May 1, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Lawdy, it looks like that guy played at Tennessee!

May 1, 2013  08:48 AM ET

I think Ricky has the game to win on the tour, but appears just a little too laid back on Sundays, and rarely makes a charge at the leaderboard.

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May 1, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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How can we expect these young guys to be that hungry when they are multimillionaires by the time they are 30?

I was watching a show on the Golf Channel where he was asked how much he practices after a round of golf and he said that he pretty much just calls it a day

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May 1, 2013  02:50 PM ET
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I was watching a show on the Golf Channel where he was asked how much he practices after a round of golf and he said that he pretty much just calls it a day

Which would explain all the putts he leaves short.

May 1, 2013  04:18 PM ET

Yup, Rickie is a good player and will probably win some tournaments. However, he's not what I'd call "driven" in his chosen profession.

May 1, 2013  04:40 PM ET
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Yup, Rickie is a good player and will probably win some tournaments. However, he's not what I'd call "driven" in his chosen profession.

Now all he needs is Inbee Park or Suzann Pettersen to show him how to properly wear a cap...

May 1, 2013  04:52 PM ET
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Yup, Rickie is a good player and will probably win some tournaments. However, he's not what I'd call "driven" in his chosen profession.

More flash than substance right now, but that could all change as he's still very young.

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May 2, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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I decided to look him up. Rickie Fowler is 24 years old and has been a pro since 2009. He has 1 PGA win during his 3 and a half years on the Tour yet has managed to pocket almost 10 Mmmmmillion dollars in winnings + a shytteload more from endorsement deals with Titleist, Puma and Rolex that I know of.Is it any wonder why he doesn't feel the need to hit the driving range or putting/chipping area after he plays a mediocre round? 5 or 10 more years of schlepping around on the PGA circuit and he and his family will be set for 10 lives with just a smidge of financial prudence. He probably already is.

No doubt ! The morale of the story gentle Readers is ; Its way more awesome getting paid to golf then it is to pay to play golf.

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May 2, 2013  02:43 PM ET
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The TPC @ Sawgrass tees it up on Thursday the 9th of May and the betting window will close at midnight on the 8th. You can make or change your picks until then.TPC @ Sawgrass pool update;Current picksTaylorMadeR7...............Rory McIlroyHarry Crack..................Dustin JohnsonJakester........................Jason DayThe Bishop...................Brandt SnedekerGolden bay...................Phil MickelsonRex Racer......................Bubba WatsonLoveItHateIt.................Steve StrickerWild Fan........................Adam Scott

Some guy will phone and want Tiger DQed for parking his car the wrong way but I'll risk it, mark me down for Woods and thanks for putting on the pool Rex.

May 2, 2013  02:54 PM ET
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BTW, I have no problem whatsoever with him making as much dough as he can, just commenting (again) on how easy it is for some of the young golfers to live large without worrying about winning. Back when we were youngsters the best golfers had to win to make a decent payday, now the 10th place guy makes 6 figures.

Jacks biggest year on the tour was about 300 grand. . A caddy on the LPGA makes that and carries the bag in less tournaments then he played.

May 2, 2013  04:27 PM ET
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Jacks biggest year on the tour was about 300 grand. . A caddy on the LPGA makes that and carries the bag in less tournaments then he played.

Believe it or not, that was way back in '72' when he made close to $327k.

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May 3, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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Some guy will phone and want Tiger DQed for parking his car the wrong way but I'll risk it, mark me down for Woods and thanks for putting on the pool Rex.

Over the past few years, driving has been an issue for him...

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