Rickie Fowler Pays Tribute to Payne Stewart
Showing his knowledge of the course, the US Open and the legends who played the game before him, American Rickie Fowler paid tribute to the late Payne Stewart by emulating Stewart’s signature fashion style for the first round of the 2014 uS Open on Thursday.
Fowler wore white knickers, blue and white checkerboard socks and a sky blue shirt. Fifteen years ago this month, Stewart won the Open with a long putt to avoid a playoff against Phil Mickelson. A few months later, Stewart died in a tragic plane accident.
“This week you can’t help but think about Payne Stewart and his win at the ’99 US Open,” Fowler said. “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.”
Fowler shot an even-par 70 on Thursday, leaving him tied for 16th with 20 other players.