Rickie Fowler makes shock revelation about Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas

Rickie Fowler has revealed he is exploring the idea of investing in Leeds United football club with Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

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Thu, 15 Jun 2023
Rickie Fowler makes shock revelation about Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas

We didn't expect to be writing these words before the 2023 US Open, but Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are looking to become investors in Leeds United after the club were taken over by the 49ers Enterprises. 

Last week it was confirmed the American investment group had agreed a deal worth £170m to buy out chairman Andrea Radrizzani's controlling stake.

Fowler made the revelation to Sky Sports Jamie Weir at Los Angeles Country Club before the third major of the year. 

He said Spieth and Thomas would be coming along as fellow investors. 

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Fowler told the publication:

"There's the group that's moving forward so potentially we'll be a part of it. 
"It's cool to have these opportunities. It would be fun if we get to be a part of it, if not we'll continue to root for Leeds.
"Obviously they got relegated but to get to go to a Premier League game, a Champions League game, any of that [would be great]. It's a massive sport and I feel like it is continuing to get bigger in the States.
"Since I haven't been to a game, I don't have the true appreciation until [I get to] be there and feel that energy."

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Radrizzani was a contentious figure as the chairman of the now-Championship football club. 

He purchased the club outright for £45m in 2017. The NFL's San Francisco 49ers purchased a 15 per cent stake in 2018 and increased that to 44 per in 2021. 

On 1 June, the Athletic reported Radrizzani offered to use the club's Elland Road stadium as security for a £26million bank loan which his Aser company and bidding partner Gestio Capital intended to use to complete a takeover of the Italian club Sampdoria.

Radrizzani responded to that report by writing in an email: "What Aser Ventures does with its assets which includes several companies including Leeds United, Greenfield and Elland Road.. it's none of your business.”

Click here to read that full report

Fowler is playing the first two rounds of the 2023 US Open alongside Justin Rose and Jason Day. Spieth is paired with Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau whilst Thomas is out with Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood

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