Rickie Fowler appears to have it all. He's got the $150,000 car, a loving girlfriend, doting fans and earnings already this year of $3.6 million. He's also the kind of guy that remembers to buy the media a barrel of beer after hitting a hole-in-one at the Quicken Loans National. Yet there's one thing missing from the American golfer's life -- he hasn't won a major. That's despite finishing inside the top five of all four majors in 2014 -- a feat previously accomplished only by the legendary Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. "It slid a little under the radar, but that was fine with me," Fowler told CNN's Don Riddell, reflecting on a year of going oh-so close in 2014. "Looking back on it, it's something that I'll be able to look back on for the rest of my life. "No-one else has really done it, either than Tiger and Jack, so it's very historic," added Fowler, speaking ahead of the PGA Championship -- the season's final major -- at Whistling Straits. "But Rory McIlroy did win two majors around those times, so him becoming the world No.1, and holding his position there was talked about more. "I'm trying to take care of my business, getting into the thick of things and winning more often." Speaking of winning, Fowler and his model girlfriend Alexis Randock sent the media into a frenzy after they shared a passionate kiss following the world No.7's victory at The Players Championship in May. However, the 26-year-old admitted he wasn't surprised at the reaction his display of affection received. "No, not really. Everything that happens with winning, and obviously The Players being the best field in golf that we play, it was a pretty memorable win." Fowler's Players Championship success tasted all the sweeter given just before the tournament he'd topped a poll of "the most over-rated golfer." "I just laughed at it [the poll]," quipped Fowler. "I'm a top ranked player in the world. I've had some great finishes, and coming off a year where I was in the top five of all the majors. "I kind of thought it was funny and it was just great timing that it came out right before The Players. I think we silenced a lot of people with the win at The Players, so that was kind of fun." Having come so close on four occasions last year, the dream for Fowler remains winning that elusive first major. "Well it would be a dream come true," he said. "It's always been a dream of mine to be a major champion. "To have the chance of walking up 18 -- whether it's at The Masters, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship or the PGA Championship -- to have a chance or to have enough of a lead where you can celebrate it a little bit would be really special. "So I'm looking forward to getting off to a good start this week and giving myself a chance."
Ruby Rose thinks her likeness to Justin Bieber must be "frustrating" for him. The 'Orange is the New Black' star has acknowledged she looks similar to the 'Boyfriend' hitmaker and confessed she has heard he regularly gets mistaken for the 29-year-old actress. Speaking on 'Conan', she admitted: "I hear that he gets asked a lot if he is Ruby Rose. And it must be very frustrating for him." After Conan O'Brien pointed out her doppelgänger, she went on to reveal the celebrities who she thought he resembled, claiming he looks like a mix of actresses Meryl Steep and Tilda Swinton, as well as 41-year-old 'The Great Gatsby' hunk Joel Edgerton. She said: "I feel like you can relate because you look like a mixture of Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep, and like ... Joel Edgerton. "You'd be like their love child." The 52-year-old TV host took the suggestions in jest, thanking her for adding a man into the mix so he was a bit more "butch", going on to joke he sees Dame Judi Dench and Betty White in himself. He quipped: "I like that it's three and two are women. I'm glad that you threw one guy in there. Just to butch it up just a little bit for me."
Protesters disrupted a Jeb Bush campaign event Wednesday, one of several instances in which Black Lives Matter activists have stolen a candidate’s thunder. According to an NBC report, protesters began chanting “Black lives matter” after Bush gave the following response to a question about racial injustice: “We have serious problems, and these problems have gotten worse in the last few years. Communities, people no longer trust the basic institutions in our society that they need to trust to create, to make things work.” Bush also emphasized his belief that education is crucial to reducing racial inequality. The chanting continued as Bush left the auditorium. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the audience member who posed the question to Bush felt that his answer was “vague” and focused only on education for the future, rather than the current racial tensions. According to The Washington Post , Bush’s campaign team said the candidate met with Black Lives Matter activists in Las Vegas ahead of the event. The same story said that the protest at Wednesday’s rally caused an eruption of counter-chants of “White lives matter” and “All lives matter.” Similar protests have been occurring at other campaign rallies. Most notably, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders was forced off a stage when Black Lives Matter protesters took over the microphone at an event in Seattle. The protests are targeting both parties in the presidential field as activists attempt to draw attention to the movement. Hillary Clinton met with activists in private after a Tuesday campaign event in New Hampshire.
The Black Lives Matter movement strikes again. A Jeb Bush campaign rally in North Las Vegas was cut short Wednesday after Mr. Bush faced a series of questions about race and inequality in the criminal justice system from members of the anti-racist group, the Los Angeles Times reported. After giving his response – that leaders need to engage with disenfranchised communities, and that he himself has a record of doing so – the Republican candidate ended the town hall without delivering his usual closing statement. As he left, "a few dozen protesters raised their fists and began chanting, 'Black Lives Matter!' " according to the Times. In the face of rising racial tensions following a church shooting, church burnings, and fatal police encounters, candidates for the nation’s top office struggle to respond to issues of race in their campaigns. On Saturday, Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted a Seattle rally for Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders, and on Wednesday, five members of the group met with Hillary Clinton in Keene, N.H. The group also disrupted the Netroots Nation convention on July 20 in Phoenix, Ariz., where Mr. Sanders and another Democratic candidate, Martin O’Malley, had planned to “impress some of the party’s most influential liberal activists,” The Christian Science Monitor reported. These disruptions are part of a deliberate campaign. Presidential hopefuls must address racial disparities and community tensions, say the movement’s organizers. "In the year leading up to the elections, we are committed to holding all candidates for Office accountable to the needs and dreams of Black people,"according to a recent statement on the movement’s political affiliations. "We will continue to hold politicians and political parties accountable for their policies and platforms." The subject of race and racial disparity has led to challenging, even awkward moments for some of the candidates. Mr. O’Malley earned some boos and heckles from protesters at the Netroots convention when he replied to their chants by saying, “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.” The former Maryland governor later apologized, insisting he meant no disrespect. But, as Slate’s Jamelle Bouie explained, " 'Black lives matter' is a statement of specific concern; police violence is most acute against black Americans, and so activists stress the importance of their lives. To reply with 'all lives matter' is to suggest there’s no specific problem of police abuse targeted at black Americans.... It sounds like a dismissal, and that’s how it was received." Following the Netroots fiasco, Sanders tried to quiet the crowd by emphasizing the need to address wealth and income inequality, noting that minorities – particularly blacks and Hispanics – face high rates of poverty and unemployment. It was an approach that critics said showed Sanders' lack of understanding about the black lives movement. "Portrayals of racial injustice as merely an offshoot of economic injustice or the implication that solutions to economic inequality will take care of racism represent a fundamental misunderstanding of how race operates in our country," Anna Galland, the executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action, told the Monitor. Since then, however, both Democratic candidates have taken concrete steps to directly address racial issues: A week ago, O’Malley issued a call for a constitutional amendment that would guarantee equal voting rights as part of a platform intended to address structural racism, while Sanders on Monday released a concrete racial justice platform – one that goes beyond economic reform – and pointed out that he had already hired a racial justice activist as his press secretary. That is the response that members of the Black Lives Matter movement want to see, Black Lives co-founder Alicia Garza said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. And until every presidential candidate – Democratic and Republican – has presented a clear position on racial issues, the disruptive protests and all the rest will continue, Ms. Garza added. "Every single candidate in this election cycle is going to be pushed, and the tactics are not all going to look the same," she said. "But we are going to make sure that every single candidate addresses what their plan is to make sure that we can breathe, to make sure that our lives do actually matter." Indeed, race is likely to continue to be a crucial issue for all the candidates as the presidential primaries, and then the elections, draw closer. As Mike Muse, a political engagement strategist and co-founder of Muse Recordings, wrote in an op-ed for CNBC: If the candidates are forced to state their positions on race in America, then voters will understand what will inform their policy decisions in addressing issues affecting African Americans, including higher rates of incarceration than whites, longer sentences for the same crimes as whites and far higher rates of unemployment compared to whites.... This is the time for all the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to speak to the issues of race. This is courage in leadership.