Fake Tweets

U.S. Open 2023: Paige Spiranac pours cold water on the fake Rickie Fowler bet that went viral on Thursday

As the great Sinbad once opined, it’s a sick world we're living in with sick people. This isn’t news, but it was reinforced again on Thursday as Rickie Fowler roared out to record-breaking start at LACC, firing an eight-under 62 to top the leaderboard. There were plenty of genuine reactions to Fowler’s return to form, easily the feel-good story of the week so far, but for many it was yet another opportunity to slide into Paige Spiranac’s DMs. Hold on, let us explain.

As Fowler tore his way around LACC, an old tweet seemingly from Spiranac’s Twitter account began making the rounds, wagering a, ahem, big reveal should Fowler ever breakthrough for his first major victory. Eventually this got Spiranac's followers so hot under the collar that she was forced to dump cold water on the rumors, letting everyone know that the alleged tweet was, indeed, a fake (though she did take Fowler as a long shot this week).

This should have been enough to settle it, but of course it wasn’t.

Listen, we’re all pulling for Fowler. He’s been one of the PGA Tour’s most dependably nice guys through thick and thin over the years. To see him win the U.S. Open one year after missing the tournament entirely as an alternate would be a comeback story for the ages. But maybe for the sake of Spiranac, and rapidly intensifying summer thirst levels across the globe, he should just take a dive. Sorry Rick, but the right choice is never the easy one.