A navy blazer.
Of all the things that came with Rickie Fowler’s sudden-death victory over Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points in the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday – the co-joined emotions of relief and satisfaction, the $1.17 million paycheck and the as-good-as-it-gets birdie to win his first PGA Tour victory – golf’s rainbow kid was handed a navy blazer to slip on over his impossibly orange outfit.
That’s like putting brown lights on a Christmas tree.
“At least it matched,” Fowler said, the smile on his face as hard to hide as the outfit he traditionally wears on Sunday to honor his alma mater, Oklahoma State.
If there had been a gentle knock on him before he stared down the world’s new No. 1 golfer and a veteran who refused to hit a bad shot until the end, it was that style surpassed substance on his resume. He has inspired a legion of youngsters to wear flat-brim caps and colors you can only find in Crayola’s 64-crayon box, but – well into his third PGA Tour season – Fowler, 23, still lacked a victory.