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Fowler pays tribute to Stewart
Golf World Magazine contributor Dave Shedloski (@DaveShedloski) tweeted a cool picture of Rickie Fowler on the practice green this morning ahead of his first round at Pinehurst No. 2 in the U.S. Open.
Rickie Fowler goes retro in honor of Payne Stewart, his favorite player. pic.twitter.com/4fXWlm6ToR
— Dave Shedloski (@DaveShedloski) June 12, 2014
Fowler -- a fashion icon to the younger generation of golf fans -- paid homage to another fashion icon in the late Payne Stewart, the 1999 U.S. Open champ.
Stewart was known for his clothes, which always included the Plus-4 knickers. With that, Fowler decided to emulate the same look Thursday, complete with the argyle socks.
"This week you can't help but think about Payne Stewart and his win at the '99 U.S. Open," said Fowler in a release sent out by COBRA PUMA Golf. "I thought wearing the knickers, a look he was so famous for, would be a nice way to honor and remember such a huge golf icon, and someone I've always admired and looked up to. He had such an impact on the game both on and off the course; always gracious, win or lose. We will all be thinking about him this week."
Very cool gesture by Fowler.
Fowler sent out this tweet early Thursday:
Payne was one of my all time favorites...it's going to be fun remembering what he did around this place! #USOpen
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) June 12, 2014