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Rickie Fowler has not had his troubles to seek, but things might finally be looking up for the former Ryder Cup star.
Once ranked as high as world No.4, Fowler has endured some tough times on the course.
However, he has made a few changes and is showing some promising signs.
One of the alterations he has made is on the bag, switching caddies during 2022.
For many years Fowler was faithfully accompanied by the long-serving Joe Skovron, but the two parted ways before the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The man on the bag is now Ben Schomin, the tour operations manager for Fowler’s sponsor Cobra Puma Golf.
It isn’t yet known whether this is a long-term arrangement or whether the player will hire a new caddie in the coming months.
Indeed, Fowler left the door open for Skovron to return when he explained why they had parted.
“It was a team decision,” Fowler told the Associated Press. “Decided to go different ways. It could be the best option currently. By no means does this mean it’s the end of the road. He’s like a big brother to me.
“In 13 years, there’s been only one other week, my rookie year, when I had someone else on the bag. One of our assistants from Oklahoma State, Donnie Darr, he caddied for me at the Memorial. Outside of that, Joe has been my guy.
“It was going to be more about me taking ownership and putting more of a workload on myself and more accountability. I still had plenty of his voice and one-liners and stuff in my head, so he [Skovron] wasn’t on the bag, but he was definitely present.”
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