‘Dodging Bullets’ – Rickie Fowler Has Massive Concerns About The Open Championship

Published 07/04/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Jul 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Rickie Fowler hits a shot from the 17th fairway during the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


The month of July has brought in different levels of energy in the golf community. Fans are eagerly awaiting the final major of the year – The Open Championship. There is more good news in that regard as thousands of spectators will be allowed to watch each day. However, amid all this, Rickie Fowler raised a few concerns about competing at The Open. 

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Rickie Fowler is no stranger to playing The Open Championship. He has a career-best finish of T2 at this major, but 2021 will be very different from any other year. The pandemic has forced several restrictions to come in place, and Fowler recently expressed his concerns about playing at the 149th Open Championship. 

“Yeah, there’s definitely consider some concerns,” Fowler said. “Obviously, we’re all going into our own small bubbles can’t be around other players. It’s, it seems like us as players were jumping through some hurdles and dodging bullets and they’re having 30,000 fans a day at the tournament. So I don’t know. I can’t really answer questions clearly with all that going on. All right. Yep.”

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Fowler will look to negate all these factors and bring out his best game at the Royal St George’s Golf Club, the host of this year’s Open Championship. However, it won’t be a light task, considering the gravity of the tournament. 

Rickie Fowler is primarily concerned about the leniency towards spectators 

A major championship always brings about massive attention from golf fans. The Open is no different. In fact, it is the oldest and most prestigious tournament in this wonderful sport. The R&A recently announced the spectator capacity for the event and it has since raised a few eyebrows. 

A total of 32,000 fans would be allowed to watch The Open championship each day. That means that more than 100,000 people will attend it over four days. Rickie Fowler is a bit concerned about it amid unrest over the pandemic. 

Mar 20, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Rickie Fowler looks at his club after chipping on to the 18th green during the third round of The Honda Classic golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The R&A will take every possible precaution to host a safe tournament. There will be several restrictions in place for the attending spectators, but the virus can still creep through. 

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Rickie Fowler finished T6 in his most recent Open Championship appearance in 2019. He has always maintained a good track record at this major, and only time will tell if he can achieve a solid finish in 2021. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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