It’s not often that you see professional golfers with tattoos, but Rickie Fowler has never been one to conform to standards.
As you watch the talented 28-year-old make this way through the golf course, you’ll likely notice several different pieces of ink. And they all have worthy stories behind them.
The first tattoo (that we know of) is a small block “G” on Fowler’s left elbow, which showed up at the 2015 Presidents Cup. As The Associated Press explained, it was in support of a young girl who was battling lissencephaly:
Fowler added the tattoo in support of Georgia Veach, the daughter of Seattle-based pastor Chad Veach and his wife Julia. Georgia was 4 months old when she was diagnosed with lissencephaly, a rare brain disorder characterized by the absence of folds in the cerebral cortex. It also is known as “smooth brain.”
Many other celebrities, including Justin Bieber, also got “G” tattoos in support of Georgia. Here’s a closer look at Fowler’s:
Moving up the left arm, he also has his maternal grandfather‘s name, Yutaka Tanaka, in Japanese script on the inside of his bicep. You can get a better look via the picture at the top of this page, but here’s Fowler explaining the impact his grandfather has had on him:
Tanaka, who spent time in a World War II Japanese internment camp when he was a boy, has always had a close relationship with Rickie and was understandably touched by the gesture.
“I thought, Wow, that’s a tender place; had to hurt,” he said. “Rickie did that with a deep feeling. It touched me pretty good.”
Fowler added another tattoo to the collection following the 2016 Rio Olympics, in which he represented the United States in the first Olympic golf tournament in more than a hundred years. He went with the Rings on his right forearm:
Though he finished just 37th in that tournament, representing his country was undeniably a moment he wanted to commemorate.
Fowler has at least one more tattoo, though a clear picture is tough to track down. If you look closely, you’ll spot a signature of his left wrist. That signature belongs to the late Barry McDonnell, who began coaching Fowler at the age of seven and was pivotal in him reaching stardom.
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