Rickie Fowler channels Payne Stewart at US Open
Thursday marked the beginning of the 114th U.S Open at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, and one of the PGA's shining young stars, Rickie Fowler, paid homage to past Open champion Payne Stewart with a Stewart-inspired outfit:
Stewart, known for his trend-setting penchant to wear a mix between plus fours and knickerbockers with matching knee high socks on the golf course, won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst; sadly, it was the last of his three major championships, as he died later that year in an airplane crash at the age of 42.
Some 15 years later, Stewart's victory at the 1999 U.S Open is still one of the most iconic pictures in tournament history. Stewart drained a 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to avoid a playoff with a young Phil Mickelson. That was the first of what is now a record six runner-up finishes in the tournament for Mickelson, who is still looking to complete a career grand slam by winning the Open in 2014.
Fowler, much like Stewart, is known for his unique fashion sense - which includes wearing an all-orange outfit on Sundays - and he's surely hopeful that channeling Payne's spirit on Thursday will help him raise his first major trophy at Pinehurst in that orange ensemble on Sunday.