Rickie Fowler Pays Tribute To Late Young Fan At Phoenix Open

Rickie Fowler once again proved just how great a role model he is

Rickie Fowler Pays Tribute To Late Young Fan At Phoenix Open

The world number seven wore an image of a deceased young fan named Griffin on his hat during round one of the Waste Management Phoenix Open

Rickie Fowler Pays Tribute To Late Young Fan At Phoenix Open

Rickie Fowler paid tribute to a deceased young fan of his named Griffin in the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Fowler wore an image of Griffin on his hat and posted a tribute on Instagram after he sadly passed away this week.

The seven-year-old died of an airway disorder and met Fowler each year at the Phoenix Open. Griffin also sent emails and texts to Rickie during the season.

Fowler posted an image of him and Griffin on Instagram describing him as his "#1 fan".

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"We lost him last week...he was always our highlight of the Waste Management Phoenix Open..." he wrote.

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"Griffin you were and always will be a legend in my mind!! You will always be a part of my team.

"Rest In Peace bud!!"

Fowler recently dedicated his Hero World Challenge victory to another deceased fan named Dr Reyes.

The American flew to Atlanta to play golf with Reyes before he passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Fowler also recently beat David Beckham and Meghan Markle to the 'Best Mannered Person 2017' award handed out by the National League of Junior Collitons.

The 29-year-old is without doubt one of golf's good guys.

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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!


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