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Rickie Fowler’s U.S. Open outfit a tribute to Payne Stewart

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Rickie Fowler is wearing knickers in the first round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in honor of 1999 Open champion Payne Stewart, who died in a plane crash before he could defend his title.

Rickie Fowler is honoring the late Payne Stewart by wearing an outfit featuring white knickers (or plus fours) and light blue, white and orange argyle socks during the first round of this year’s Open.

“This week, you can’t help but think about Payne Stewart and his win at the ’99 U.S. Open (at Pinehurst),” Fowler told reporters. “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 plans on only wearing the knickers Thursday, he said. Stewart died in a plane crash months after winning the Open at Pinehurst.

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