Skip to comments.[Rickie] Fowler's [Payne Stewart] tribute months in the making
Posted on 06/14/2014 3:27:09 PM PDT by FlJoePa
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Many kids in Rickie Fowler's generation just don't get it, that's what the Old Schoolers like to say, anyway. The twenty-somethings don't respect history, don't appreciate who came before them, and don't see any cause as bigger than their own daily pursuits.
On the surface, Fowler can come across as the too-cool-for-school face of that perception. He has fame and fortune despite only one PGA Tour victory to his name. He wears hip clothes, appears in cute, if self-congratulatory, commercials, and plays in a faux band on YouTube with a circle of fellow pampered golfers.
Oh yeah, and the ladies have noticed he looks like Johnny Depp to boot.
Even though he will only do it for the first round of the U.S. Open, Rickie Fowler's tribute to the late Payne Stewart showed that he understands more than just what goes on inside the ropes.
Only around tour, Fowler is known as a genuine soul, as real as the day is long. So when he walked into the Pinehurst locker room Thursday morning dressed up as one of his heroes, Payne Stewart, some of his U.S. Open competitors were taken aback but not surprised.
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I thought that it was wonderful.
Good on him.
At least he ain’t a PGA Stepford clone.
Yes. He seems to be a good guy.
I know that here, locally, he is very involved w/ all the local charities. Other than Ernie, he’s the one I see donating the most time. He might only be a few back by the end of the day. We’ll see.
Good for him. I’ve actually got a pair of Nickers and have worn them a couple times on the links. They are quite comfortable. I remember Payne wearing the NFL colors all the time. He was definitely one of my favorites.
Kid needs to improve his mediocre tour level game and stop worrying about the goofy get ups (Payne tribute aside). We already had a Jasper Parnevik.
I watched part of it today. He seemed to be doing fine, but Kaymer is doing so well..on the other hand, tomorrow everything could change completely. Pinehurst is gorgeous.
Well, he’s 25. When Tom Watson was 25 he was known as the biggest choker in the world of golf.
We’ll see how his career plays out. He’s not lazy. He puts in the work, he just needs to get more out of it - in an ultra competitive environment.
Maybe working w/ Harmon will produce a couple of tour wins this year.
Yes, Pinehurst is gorgeous.
I remember Payne’s funeral. It touched many lives.
Payne was a treasure. I was beside myself when he passed.
I’ve been to Pinehurst probably 5 or 6 times and it is a beautiful place. I like the way the scrub has creeped into the playing areas.
It’s Donald Ross. If you ever get to Scotland - make it a point to get to Dornoch - where Ross was born. You see where the crowning of his greens came from.
That said, Merion is a tough act to follow. I thought Merion was the most riveting golf I’ve seen in years. This year, everyone’s watching soccer.
Er, he just posted the low round of the third day the US Open. He shot -3 on a day the course average was +5.
I hope to visit Scotland one day. I’ve spent some time on a Donald Ross course in New Hampshire, and have admired his talent for many years. My husband is of Scottish descent, and he has visited Scotland twice on golfing trips. He loves it.
There are so many beautiful golf courses, here and elsewhere.
The young players on the tour these days are a joy to watch.
It looks like Kaymer and Fowler in the final group tomorrow. 4 shot lead now but Kaymer has a couple holes to go...could be three shots when they tee off.
Not everyone is watching soccer...In fact, I’m 65 years old and have never watched even 30 seconds of soccer...
You are so right...They are much better today than 10-15 years ago when it was “cookie cutter” golfers...
They sure have a better idea of where it is going than I did at that age - and I played in college and did a few mini-tour series in my day.
Of course, that was w/ Macgregor persimmons, Hogan Apex, and balata balls. If I had this new equipment, I wonder if I would have ever practiced because you almost have to try to miss a fairway nowadays w/ these drivers. Of course, under pressure, all bets are off w/ any equipment - which is what makes the game so great.
Seems like we’re barking up the same tree! I had a funny conversation with Ernie E one night about equipment. He thinks it’s a joke and blames it equally on the ball and the drivers.
I asked him if he would participate in an event w/ persimmon, forged blades, and balata and he said “In a heartbeat!”. Then he winked at me and said he’d win it as well.
At the Open, the year after his win [and subsequent death], all of the golfers wore knickers in the 1st round of play to honor him ...
Means about as much as my -2 round in steady rain during the 1996 Maryland Amateur.
Fowler did say in a response to an interviewer on Thursday something to the effect that if he were fortunate enough to be in contention on Sunday, there might be a chance of "orange knickers" honoring Stewart.
As a young pro golfer, he has been a great representative for youth to this point, and at a time when they badly need that kind of leadership and respect for tradition.
Like I said - everything I’ve seen lends itself to exactly what you said about Fowler.
There have always been pricks and good guys in that world. It’s not like the bad ones are thugs, they’re just in their own little worlds - that ironically revolve around themselves.
They tend to be surly to golf staffs. Bad tippers at local restaurants. Bad drunks sometimes at bars.
Floyd and Norman immediately come to my mind. Jack at times too. There is no shortage of modern day equivalents.
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