“It just came down to feelings,” U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin said after announcing his four captain’s picks at Tuesday’s news conference. “I had a gut feeling about Rickie [Fowler].”
PGA Tour rookie Fowler is heading to Celtic Manor, Wales for the Ryder Cup, but what do we know about Fowler?
For starters, the most obvious thing is that he wears flat-brim graphic hats that color-coordinate with his belt buckle and Puma shirt while on the links. He appears to be going for something between a “frat bro” and “NBA player at charity Pro-Am” with his look.
In the words of his website, “Rickie’s unique sense of style has brought a refreshing new look on to The Tour with his flare for mixing Puma’s golf clothing line with his always cool under pressure attitude. The result is a look that has fans and the media wondering what he will wear each day on the course and leaving fans wondering how they can capture a part of this unique look.”
Unfortunately, his signature orange pants are not available to the public.
Fowler was the top-ranked amateur in the world in 2007 and 2008, but he’s been a pro for just 11 months and has never won. Fowler’s Site, though, maintains that you shouldn’t be worried, because Fowler is great at new things like the Ryder Cup. It explains Fowler’s upbringing as follows:
“Rickie has a proven knack for ‘firsts.’ After all, which other professional golfer has a background not in competitive golf, but rather motocross racing? Fortunately for fans of the new golf generation, Rickie traded in his dirt bike for a golf cart at the age of 14. And he hasn’t looked back since.”
In fact, Fowler’s site says he has even more going for him than that.
“Edgy, non-traditional, yet completely low-key and approachable, Rickie is already well on his way in the world of professional golf. With his larger than life performances ? and belt-buckles ? Rickie Fowler is definitely someone to catch ? if you can.”
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