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Rickie Fowler relishes taunting golfers who skipped Olympics


Rickie Fowler is having a wonderful experience in Rio in golf’s return to the Olympics. And he wants each and every golfer who skipped out on the opportunity to know it.

Fowler, originally scheduled to room with pal Jordan Spieth until he bowed out of the Games at the last minute, found a suitable sub in Bubba Watson. Fowler apparently started the ribbing when Spieth texted him to apologize for pulling out of the Olympics at the last minute.

“You’re just going to be jealous when I get that gold,” Fowler said he wrote in a reply text to Spieth.

By all appearances, Fowler and Watson, along with fellow U.S. golfers Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar — who replaced Dustin Johnson and Spieth, respectively — are having a grand old time soaking in the Olympic experience in Rio.

Fowler clearly enjoyed the opportunity of watching Michael Phelps win two gold medals Tuesday night, even taking to Instagram to highlight how he met with the Olympic legend.

When you get to be there to watch history…EPIC!! #swimUNITED

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That was only the most recent social media post from Fowler. In fact, he’s been downright prolific in highlighting the amazing time he’s having in Rio, either tweeting photos himself or retweeting pics from his pals. Many of the photos show Fowler and the gang fraternizing with their fellow American Olympians.

But it hasn’t been social media posts alone through which Fowler has been taunting those pro golfers who skipped out on the Olympics.

“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, and there may be 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,” Fowler said, via the New York Post.

The golfers who decided to skip the Olympics had their own reasons to do so, from concerns over the Zika virus or the desire to spend time with their families. And they shouldn’t be blamed for that decision.

But as Fowler is showcasing, they’re missing on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.