Rickie Fowler To Be Mic'd Up During PGA Tour Return

The five-time PGA Tour winner will wear a microphone during all four rounds of the Charles Schwab Challenge

Rickie Fowler To Be Mic'd Up
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The five-time PGA Tour winner will wear a microphone during all four rounds of the Charles Schwab Challenge

Rickie Fowler To Be Mic'd Up During PGA Tour Return

Rickie Fowler will wear a microphone during all four rounds of this week's Charles Schwab Challenge.

It looks likely that European Tour players will be mic'd up in featured groups next month and the PGA Tour have also introduced it.

Fowler will be the only man in the field wearing a microphone in what is a first for the PGA Tour.

We've seen microphones been worn successfully in smaller events before and most recently during the Champions for Charity match featuring Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Fowler is out at 6.55pm UK time in the opening round, playing alongside Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

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Fowler's playing partner Justin Thomas was asked about wearing a microphone during play earlier this week and he was quick to dismiss the idea.

“That's not me," he said.

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"What I talk about with [caddie Jimmy Johnson] and what I talk about with the guys in my group is none of anybody else's business, no offence.

“If I want somebody to know what I say, I'll say it in a press conference, I'll say it in an interview or put it out on social media, whatever it is.

"I personally am not one that would care to get mic'd out there.”

The third member of the group Jordan Spieth seems open to wearing a microphone in the future if it turns out to be a success.

“I think I would kind of want to see how things are going first, personally,” Spieth said.“If anything, it could be a distraction to your play, but I also see what an advantage it could be for the game if you're able to mic some guys up, especially given there's no crowd noise, so you get a little extra commentary from the players.”

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

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Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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