It’s usually not hard to spot Rickie Fowler on the golf course.
He used to be known for his shaggy hair and for wearing orange to show pride in his college, Oklahoma State.
Now the the hair is short, and while he still sometimes wears orange he is now known for the high-top golf shoes and pants with elastic at the bottom that he usually wears.
“It’s something fun,” Fowler told Golf Digest, “something to bring my personality into it.”
As golfers like Fowler try to show their personality, the PGA Tour seems to have more players with beards and tattoos than in past years. Fowler got a tattoo a couple of months ago on his left bicep to honor his grandfather.
“You know, you can have fun playing golf,” he said. “It’s a cool, fun game. It’s not just one type of person that can play or one type of person that does play.”
Fowler’s attire and tattoo aren’t hurting his game. He he has climbed to No. 5 in the world golf rankings.
He has three career wins on the PGA Tour, including last year’s Players Championship, and has two European Tour victories since July.
“I think for my confidence, my belief in myself has definitely changed,” Fowler said. “Knowing that I can go out and compete with the best players in the world, and just having that belief in myself, is nice to have.”
Fowler, 27, has finished in the top-10 in each of his last three PGA Tour events, and he thinks his game is in good form as the Masters approaches.
“I just feel like we’re working out any kinks on the way to Augusta,” Fowler said. “I definitely know that I’ve been swinging really well. …
“My main focus is really just making sure that I’m well-rested and going to be ready to tee it up at Augusta.”
Fowler by the numbers
▪ Age: 27
▪ Career PGA Tour wins: 3
▪ Career PGA Tour earnings: $22,494,768
▪ World ranking: No. 5