• "We're having a great time at the house," said Fowler
RICKIE FOWLER | THE OPEN
It’s all fun and games away from the golf course for six Americans bunking together for this week’s Open Championship.
Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner and last year’s champion Zach Johnson have a house just a mile from Royal Troon – and they’ve been keeping themselves amused with backyard baseball and catch.
For Fowler, it’s a pleasant distraction away from the golf course as he looks to secure a maiden major title in Ayrshire this week.
“We’re having a great time at the house,” he told bunkered.co.uk after his two-under-par opening round. “We’ve got six of us staying over there plus our chef for the week so yeah, it’s fun. We’ve been playing catch and baseball in the back yard and stuff. It’s a nice distraction away from the golf course and great that we have stuff to do.
“We’re all causing a bit of a ruckus and as for choosing the best rooms, there aren’t really any that are better than others, it was just whenever we arrived at the house. The best baseball player is Duf. He’s got the best swing of us all and is a sneaky athlete.”
Thomas was able to shed a bit more light on the goings-on after his opening round 67, which has him in a cluster of players in T4.
“Yeah, a little frat house we have this week,” he said. “We had a great afternoon yesterday. We all had so much fun. We were going to go just walk by the beach or the sea, but we didn't. We just decided to go throw a baseball.
“Rickie travels with two baseball gloves and a ball, so I think him and Jimmy started throwing, and then one by one we started going outside and then we just started finding balls everywhere in the yard, soccer balls and tennis balls and everything.
"Then we found something we could use as a bat, so we just pretty much started playing backyard baseball. We probably were out there for two-and-a-half, three hours. It was great. We were like little kids again. Well, not for me and Jordan, I guess, but them.”
You can follow all the happenings in the house by following Fowler (RickieFowler15) and Thomas (jlthomas34) on Snapchat.
Rickie Fowler on the Scottish Open
Speaking to bunkered.co.uk, Rickie Fowler also gave his thoughts on whether he would be returning to the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links next year. The American missed the defence of his title at Castle Stuart last week due to a packed schedule.
“I haven’t thought about it much yet,” he admitted. “Obviously I’ve loved playing it in the past and having won it last year, it’s a special event to me. It was unfortunate this year and I would’ve loved to have been able to come back but my schedule pulled me back from that.
“All the people at Aberdeen Asset Management have been awesome and have always been great to me. It’s been fun to play in it over the past two years and hopefully we’ll get back soon.”
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