Rickie Fowler usually dresses to the nines when he's on the golf course, and Thursday's first round of the US Open was no different--but offered a bit of a twist and a tip of the cap to Pinehurst's past.
Fowler played his first round in knickers and argyle socks to honor Payne Stewart, who won the Open at Pinehurst in 1999 and died five months later in a plane crash.
"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 sent out a tweet on Thursday morning that hinted something might be taking place.
"Payne was one of my all time favorites...it's going to be fun remembering what he did around this place!"
The 25-year old Fowler, who was 10-years old when Stewart won in '99, is seeking his first major championship and shot an even par 70.
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