Rickie Fowler: It was ‘special’ to be able to honor Payne Stewart at Pinehurst

Down the road, when golf fans look back at the 2014 U.S. Open, they may first remember Rickie Fowler’s Thursday homage to Payne Stewart at Pinehurst No. 2, rather than Martin Kaymer’s dominant run to an eight-stroke victory.

Tuesday on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, Fowler talked about the tribute, and the overall feeling among golfers at the site of Stewart’s 1999 U.S. Open victory.

“It was a special week, being there at Pinehurst, with Payne winning their in ’99,” Fowler said. “I got to have the honor of wearing the knickers. I brought the idea to Puma and they kinda set me all up. It was pretty special to do that on Thursday, and I know all the guys were looking forward to being around there. A good week to remember Payne and what he did there not just that week, but what he did as a golfer on and off the course.”

Fowler, who finished in a tie for second a one-under par, also spoke with the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio crew about why he struggled on the greens Sunday after a hot streak with the flat stick one day earlier.

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