Rickie Fowler suffered an unlucky penalty final week throughout the WGC-Mexico Championship when he dropped a ball from shoulder top as an alternative of knee top. The USGA and R&A modified the drop top heading into this 12 months to hopefully forestall a number of drops.
After the penalty, Fowler advised the media:
“I believe, with the brand new guidelines which were put in place, it’s not doing any favors for our sport. I believe it’ll positively be modified. We’ve been making enjoyable of the knee drop for therefore lengthy that it was ingrained the primary time I took a drop this 12 months. Like, ‘That is an iconic second. I get to drop from my knee and look silly.’ So, no, like I stated, it was on me, however I believe it’s a horrible change.”
Whereas I perceive Fowler’s frustration with the change contemplating it has been performed a method for so long as I can keep in mind, the change ought to profit execs if performed accurately as it’s a lot nearer to putting the ball than it initially was.
Rule that Rickie Fowler Handled on Sunday on the Phoenix Open Must be Modified
On Thursday, throughout the first spherical of the Honda Basic, Fowler wanted a drop and mainly summed up his emotions about dropping from knee top in a single fast movement.