Rickie Fowler making US players 'jealous'

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• Rickie Fowler arrived at the Olympics last week
• Bubba Watson, Reed and Kuchar joined him on Monday

• All four players are looking to soak in the Olympic experience

Rickie Fowler | Olympic Golf

Rickie Fowler has been lapping up the full Olympic experience since he arrived in Rio towards the end of last week and he says he is doing his best to make the players who stayed at home jealous.

Fowler is prolific across his social media accounts, as was shown during the #SB2K16 week earlier this year, and he says he has already been in touch with some of the players back home.

“As far as making guys jealous back home or wherever they might be, I feel like I’m doing a pretty good job of it,” said the 27-year-old. “There may have been some personal messages that have been sent back and forth that I was definitely showing them that we’re having a good time down here.”

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Rickie Fowler has been regularly posting pictures on Twitter and Instagram with fellow Olympians from a wide variety of sports, including new Olympic gold medal record holder Michael Phelps.



Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson are the only two from the original four USA qualifiers that made the trip to Rio after both Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson decided not to play.

According to Rickie Fowler, there have been questions from other athletes about why some players pulled out of the Games.

“I’ve probably been asked about Jordan and Rory the most." - Rickie Fowler

“I guess I’ve had the most interaction of all of us, being at the opening ceremonies and people asking about guys not being here,” he said. “I’ve probably been asked about Jordan and Rory the most.

“I wouldn’t say there’s disappointment from other athletes. Probably wishing they would have been able to come or made that decision to come. I wouldn’t say that they are upset or disappointed about it.

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“I have had a very warm welcome from fellow US athletes and other athletes around the village, almost thanking me for being here.”


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Since arriving in Rio, Rickie Fowler has been staying in the Olympic village to make sure he is able to soak up as much of the experience as possible.

Fellow USA team member Bubba Watson also made that decision and he moved into the condo across the hall on Tuesday night with Rickie Fowler all set to be his Olympic village tour guide.

"I want to hang out there, try to meet the other athletes and enjoy my time as an Olympian.” - Bubba Watson

“The experience is cool,” said Fowler. “I’m looking forward to showing around a little bit. I’ve gotten to know some of the divers pretty well and the last couple of nights we’ve watched the swimming together.

“It’s been fun talking to the other athletes about what they do, what are the similarities between sports and a lot of things are on the mental side. It’s been a lot of fun.”


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Watson added: “I want to live the experience. I want to hang out there, try to meet the other athletes and enjoy my time as an Olympian.”

Rickie Fowler & co: Will we see a USA medal sweep?

The USA is the only country with more than two representatives in the Olympic Golf event. That means it is the only nation with the potential to complete a clean sweep of the medals.

Do you think that will happen? Who is likely to spoil the American party? Let us know your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.

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