Rickie Fowler Admits He Struggled To Finish Round Because He ‘Had To Go To The Bathroom Pretty Badly’

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Rickie Fowler’s been riding a bit of momentum after a strong finish in the U.S. Open at LA Country Club.

While he did struggle after a hot start, Fowler still finished tied for fifth, a great result for a player who’s been entirely off leaderboards in recent years.

During the first round of this weekend’s tournament, the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Fowler seemed to be bringing some of that excellent play to Detroit.

At least until the final two holes.

Fowler got to the 17th hole at -7, on track for a first round 65.

But he bogeyed 17 and 18, finishing at “just” -5 for a 67. During his post-round press conference, he had an explanation for the unexpectedly poor finishing holes.

He really had to go to the bathroom.

“To be perfectly honest, I had to go to the bathroom pretty badly,” Fowler said. “There weren’t many bathrooms the last five holes, so I was little shaky coming in.

“Not to necessarily blame the finish on that, but it didn’t help.”

Pro golfers, they’re just like us!

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JUNE 29: Rickie Fowler of the United States lines up a putt on the 16th green during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club on June 29, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Raj Mehta/Getty Images)

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It’s refreshing to hear some candor and realism coming from PGA Tour players.

Players often seem unflappable during their rounds, as if they’re immune to the same kind of pressure and external problems amateurs face.

But Fowler at least admitted that the human element played a part in a mildly disappointing finish.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic has already had some unexpected excitement, with one of the rarest outcomes in the sport.


Seems like it’s worth tuning in the rest of the weekend if only to see if Fowler can plan out his back nine bathroom visits better.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC