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High Noon Highlights (12/4): Can Rickie Fowler be ready for the President’s Cup?

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Rickie Fowler hasn’t played in awhile... will he be ready for the President’s Cup?:

Fowler is certainly a fan favorite, his personality makes him likable for fans. After originally being left off the roster, he’ll get his chance to compete for the first time since August. His teammates have embraced him with open arms, but golf writers are skeptical.

While Fowler is a Swiss Army knife when it comes to whom he can pair with and his skill set is compatible with the challenges of Australian golf, if he arrives Down Under too rusty, his many redeeming qualities won’t matter.

But what if there isn’t that much rust to shake off? Fowler contended Tuesday that while he’s never taken this many weeks off between tournaments since his first full year on Tour in 2010, “I was mobile, I wasn’t laid up [in bed] or anything.”

It took about a week for Fowler to get blood tests back and start antibiotics to combat the infection. His prep for Mexico was hindered, which prompted the withdrawal, but otherwise Fowler has been hard at work on his game – and body – back home in Jupiter, Fla. {Golf Channel}

Regardless of how he plays, it’ll be great to see Fowler on the course again.

Oklahoma State commit Sawyer Goram-Welch gets offer from Texas:

While Longview, Tx defensive tackle Sawyer Goram- Welch is verbally committed to Oklahoma State, that hasn’t stopped Texas from swooping in.

Despite looking for some new staffers, Texas is still aggressively hitting the recruiting trail and extended an offer to Longview 2020 DT Sawyer Goram-Welch.

Goram-Welch, who has strong ties to Texas A&M, is verbally committed to Oklahoma State.

Goram-Welch helped lead Longview to a state title in 2018 and put up even better stats as a senior (64 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, eight sacks). {Dave Campbell’s}

Marcus Smart continues to rise:

The Celtics Blog wrote a fantastic piece on the mindset of Marcus Smart. Every Oklahoma State fan knows that Smart is a work horse. But everyone has a bad night, that’s what happened to him 5 games ago against Sacramento where he took a bad shot that cost the Celtics the game. Smart has pushed that out of mind and went on a hot streak.

A miss like that would affect most players for a few weeks. Their production would slide until their confidence returned. Not Marcus.

The very next night he went for 17 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and a block against Phoenix. Boston won that game with one of their best showings of the season on both ends of the floor. Smart’s full repertoire was on display that night, as he bounced back in impressive fashion, going 4 of 4 from the line and 5 of 12 from the field while hounding opposing players on defense.

NBA Stats shows something very interesting for this game. Smart guarded ten players for a total of 10:22 of defensive possessions. In those ten minutes he held his opponent to a total of four points and three assists. He locked down whoever he was guarding, although some he guarded for literally a second. {Celtics Blog}

Catching up with Phil Forte:

The O’Colly got the chance to interview OSU fan favorite Phil Forte and see what he’s been up to these days. They also took some time to reflect on his OSU career.

“You never really know where you are going to end up,” Forte said. “So I try to focus on where I’m at now and be the best coach at Sam Houston State and be the best for our program and our guys that we have here and our coach for the university that I am working for. Now, I’d be lying to say that one day if I could ever end up back at Oklahoma State that would be awesome. You know that would be a lie, sure if there was one that would ever come to mind it would be great to be back in Stillwater someday because there are just so many memories there, and that was the best five years of my life.” {OColly}

Around the Big 12:

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Around Sports:

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