Rickie Fowler goes cliff diving, lives to tell about it

Rickie Fowler cliff diving
Rickie Fowler tried his hand at cliff diving, but his form wasn't exactly perfect on every jump.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 | 1:06 a.m.

Golf is just one sport that Rickie Fowler enjoys, and it's also very likely the tamest of his pastimes – he did, after all, come from a background of motocross racing.

And recently, he tried out cliff diving.

We know that Fowler loves to jump in the lake – we've seen him do a flip off of Bubba Watson's deck. But this was a little more big-time.

Fowler got together with David Colturi – a professional cliff diver and fellow Red Bull ambassador – for a day of "Dive and Drive" in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. First, Colturi donned his own version of Fowler's "Sunday orange" outfit and joined Fowler for a little golf.

Then, about two minutes into the video below, they swapped their golf togs for swimsuits and headed out to Possum Kingdom Lake, west of Fort Worth, which will host a stop on the global 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series next weekend. Possum Kingdom Lake is known for "Hell's Gate" – a small cove in between a pair of 90-foot cliffs that rise dramatically out of the water, and that's where the diving competition will take place.

Fowler and Colturi checked out the cliffs, and Fowler got a little instruction on how to properly executive a high dive – though, wisely, from a lower level. Fowler's upper-body form was pretty good, Colturi said, but noted that he had a little "frog leg" working in his lower body.

Fowler tried a few more jumps, and Colturi seemed pleased with his student's progress. In the end, Colturi said, "I would compare my golf game to his diving." 

Here's the video: