Rickie Fowler earned a spot in the Oklahoma State Hall of Fame last week.he was one of five I was guided, according to The Oklahoman. Two-time Biletnikoff champion Justin Blackmon was also inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Fowler.
Fowler became the first freshman to win the Ben Hogan Award and was the golf team’s outstanding cowboy. That same year, he also won the Phil Mickelson Award as the NCAA’s top freshman.
The 34-year-old played just two seasons at Oklahoma State, but it was a memorable one. He earned All-American honors both years and was instrumental in his 2007 Walker Cup victory at Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
After a prolonged drought in which he fell outside the top 150 at OWGR, Fowler won his sixth PGA Tour title this season at the Rocket Mortage Classic. That and his great play throughout the season earned him a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
One of his characteristics is that he wears orange clothes on Sundays. Of course, it’s the Oklahoma State Orange, which has become his staple.
“For two years now, I’ve been wearing a lot of orange around campus and playing golf here,” Fowler said at the Hall of Fame induction event. “I’ve loved orange since I was a kid, so it wasn’t a difficult adjustment for me. I feel like there aren’t many players who always wear orange on tour. It’s something I can do, enjoy, and continue to do.” I thought it was something.”
Although he was only on campus for a short time, Fowler left his mark on Cowboy golf history. He’s one of the most recognizable names in that program.
But now his focus has shifted to Rome, host of the 2023 Ryder Cup.
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