Rickie Fowler To Wear Custom Arnold Palmer Hi-Tops

The American will once again pay tribute to the King at Bay Hill

The American will once again pay tribute to The King at Bay Hill

Rickie Fowler To Wear Custom Arnold Palmer Hi-Tops

For the second year in a row, Rickie Fowler will wear a pair of hi-top golf shoes dedicated to the late great Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill.

This week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill marks the tournament's second playing since The King's passing (opens in new tab).

Just two pairs have been made. Fowler will wear one pair during the tournament and the other pair will be signed by the four-time PGA Tour winner and then given away.

All proceeds will go to support Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.

Rickie's special 'dancing umbrellas' Puma hi-tops have been designed and hand-crafted by Roland Padron, also known as Nomad Customs.

Fowler will wear the 'dancing umbrellas' hi-tops as well as this hat

He has developed custom shoes for a number of other famous athletes.

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Last year, Fowler wore these special hi-tops at the Arnold Palmer Invitational:

Rickie Fowler wears a very special tribute pair of golf shoes adorned with the signature and images of Arnold Palmer during the first round of the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

They raised $25,300 dollars for Arnie's charity.

Fowler's fellow Puma ambassador Bryson DeChambeau, as well as the pair's caddies, will wear Palmer's iconic umbrella logo on their accessories, footwear and apparel.

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For more details on the giveaway click here (opens in new tab).

The Arnold Palmer Invitational gets underway this week at Bay Hill where eight-time champion Tiger Woods returns fresh off a T2nd finish at the Valspar Championship.

The story of how Arnold Palmer bought Bay Hill

Arnold Palmer stands at the entrance to his Bay Hill Club and Lodge in 1984. (Photo by Brian Morgan/Getty Images)

According to Palmer, Bay Hill was a golfer’s paradise. He was so smitten with the course he raced home and told his wife Winnie, “Babe, I’ve just played the best course in Florida and I want to own it.”

For several years Palmer leased Bay Hill with an option to buy. Then in 1974, the course owners struck a deal to sell the property to another bidder.

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Palmer appealed directly to the new buyer who agreed to sell Bay Hill back to him.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x