Rickie Fowler wears knickers to honor Payne Stewart at the U.S. Open

Rickie Fowler shows up at the U.S. Open with a throwback look to honor the 1999 winner at this venue.

Rickie Fowler gets a lot of attention for his outfits on the golf course, but today he's getting it for a different reason. Fowler was spotted early on the putting green at Pinehurst with his pants legs hiked up in the knickers style of Payne Stewart.

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That's obviously the signature look for Stewart, who's been a fixture of all the coverage this week commemorating his win at this venue 15 years ago. For many golf press members, the 1999 U.S. Open is the best ever in the now 113-year history of the event. And obviously Stewart's final putt and instantly identifiable fist pump are memorialized on the grounds with a statue that's now become one of Pinehurst's most famous landmarks.

That style is also instantly identifiable with Payne, who died in a plane crash just four months after that '99 win. It's a pretty cool way of honoring of him by Fowler at a venue that's become a sort of an unofficial shrine to Stewart.

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