PINEHURST, N.C. -- Rickie Fowler was only 10 when Payne Stewart won the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999. Stewart died in a freak plane crash four months later and his championship has been given extra celebration at Pinehurst since.
That’s most obvious in the Stewart statue that stands between the 18th green and the clubhouse. But Fowler did his part to further honor the memory Thursday, donning Stewart’s trademark knickers with argyle socks.
“Payne was one of my all-time favorite players,” Fowler said. “I never had a chance of meeting him, but obviously loved watching him play and loved how he handled himself on and off the golf course.”
Fowler carries himself with...