Rickie Fowler: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Rickie Fowler tips his cap after winning the Players Championship. (Getty)

Rickie Fowler used to be known as the guy with the over-the-top bright orange outfits and hats. The 26-year-old now known for a different reason: He’s one of the best golfers in the world — a status he was able to enhance by becoming the 2015 Players Champion.

Fowler defeated Kevin Kisner and Sergio Garcia in a 3-way playoff for the biggest victory of his career.

Here’s what you need to know about him:

1. He Quieted His Doubters By Winning the Players

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Rickie Fowler hits the winning putt on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. (Getty)

Fowler was able to quiet some of his doubters by winning the 2015 Players championship, his first victory at one of golf’s top tournaments, while he has still not won a major tournament, and it was only his second career victory.

The 26-year-old was recently voted by his fellow players as one of the most overrated golfers on the PGA Tour, tying for that unwanted distinction with Ian Poulter.

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2. He’s Toned Down His Wardrobe Significantly

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Fowler in 2010, when his wardrobe featured even more orange than it does now. (Getty)

Fowler’s wardrobe is hardly stale and boring. But Fowler, who used to routinely play decked out in flamboyant colors from head to toe, has made a concerted effort to be known more for his golf game than for his wardrobe.

USA Today’s Christine Brennan writes that Fowler expressed his desire to get serious in a phone conversation in December 2013 with coach Butch Harmon.

“I want to be known more for my golf than my clothes and my hat,” he said, according to Brennan. “I want to contend in majors.”

During his Players championship victory on Sunday, Fowler dropped his traditional Sunday orange for pink, in honor of his mother.

3.He’s Part Japanese & His Middle Name Is Yutaka

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Rickie Fowler, with his mother, Lynne. (Getty)

Fowler’s mom, Lynne, is half Japanese and half Navajo, and Rickie’s middle name — Yutaka — comes from his maternal grandfather, Taka Tanaka.

According to his PGA Tour bio, Fowler’s dad, Rod, owns a trucking company and was once a competitive dirt biker who won the Baja 1000 in 1986 while racing for the Yamaha team.

Rickie himself was a serious dirt biker until an accident he got into when he was a freshman in high school left him with broken bones in his foot.

4. He Played at Oklahoma State & Helped Lead the USA to 2 Walker Cup Titles

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Fowler with Oklahoma State teammates Peter Uihlein and Morgan Hoffman celebrating the USA’s victory in the 2009 Walker Cup. (Getty)

Fowler played for one season at Oklahoma State University, where he earned the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation’s top freshman in 2007-08.

Golfweek named Fowler its national player of the year, and he was also named player of the year and newcomer of the year in the Big 12.

While an amateur he played in the Walker Cup in both 2007 and 2009, helping to lead the United States over the UK and Ireland both times.

5. He Is Dating Model Alexis Randock

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Rickie Fowler with his girlfriend Alexis Randock at the 2015 Masters. (Getty)

He is dating model Alexis Randock, an Arizona State graduate and bikini model.

Fowler previously dated singer Alexandra Browne, a Pepperdine University graduate whose father, Olin Browne, plays on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

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