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PGA Notebook: Rickie and Smylie Talk Excellent Adventure


NEW ORLEANS | Spring break has to end even for Rickie Fowler and his friends.

Fowler and Smylie Kaufman got back to the business of golf at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, a few days after their getaway to the Bahamas with Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas became part of the public domain with the way they shared the exploits with the world.

They played shirtless golf, hung out on the beach, jumped off balconies and generally had a blast while taking a break from their day jobs on the PGA Tour.

“I’ve been going to Baker’s (Bay) for a few years now, and being a member over there, it had been something where a few of us had been trying to plan a trip, and the timing of it being after The Masters, and then especially with, like I said, the schedule coming up, it felt like it was the right time to be able to get everyone together,” Fowler said.

“Luckily, schedules were friendly, and everyone had that free time, so it worked out perfect. Like I said, it had been kind of in the works for a few months, and yeah, glad we were able to do it.”

Less than two weeks after playing in the final pairing with Spieth at The Masters, Kaufman showed his playful side in the videos and photos that circulated around the internet, giving golf fans a better sense of who he is.

“It’s a great time with three great friends,” Kaufman said. “We had an unbelievable time, decompress. Obviously the golf world kind of got to see everything we did, and it was really fun for us.

“It was good for me, got a lot of followers from it, but it’s over now, and we’re all just kind of looking forward to the rest of the year and just kind of looking forward to the early summer stretch we have in front of us. A lot of big golf tournaments, so a lot to look forward to.”

As for the four players leaping off a balcony into the water below, some of them had done it before.

“I would say that that wasn’t the first time I’ve been off,” Fowler said.

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Though Kaufman won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last fall, he found himself in a different spot playing in the final Masters pairing on Sunday. ….. READ FULL NOTEBOOK



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