Rickie Fowler was involved in an hilarious exchange with a heckler during the second round of the 2023 US Open.
To the surprise of the golf world, 34-year-old Fowler found himself centre stage at Los Angeles Country Club.
A resurgent Fowler raced into the 36-hole lead having posted a record-breaking 8-under 62 in the first round.
He showed that was not just a flash in the pan by battling his way to a second round of 68.
We're sure you know by now Fowler has fought back from the abyss. Whatever happens from here, it's been incredible to see him back in the groove.
Because in recent years Fowler has barely played in the majors.
He hasn't played at Augusta National since 2020. He missed the cut at the 2023 PGA Championship.
And the last time he played the US Open came three years ago when he tied for 49th.
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One of the reasons why Fowler's popularity has never waned is because of his apparent authenticity.
If you needed evidence of that, look no further than this exchange Fowler had with a fan during his second round.
It transpired on the par-3 seventh hole and after he left his birdie putt well short, a fan yelled: "What are you doing?!"
What cannot be determined is exactly what Fowler said in response. Some have claimed he said 'leading the f***ing US Open' but it's not clear.
Still, Fowler took the chirp well in his stride and was absolutely nonchalant throughout the entire exchange.
Watch the clip here:
A fan in the crowd ask Rickie Fowler "What are you doing?" after he missed a putt.— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) June 16, 2023
His reaction is perfect pic.twitter.com/pCmIqQHaHh
After the round, Fowler was asked why he was so popular with the fans. He paused and said:
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