It's pretty easy to pick out Rickie Fowler from the pool of other golfers on the PGA Tour. From his Justin Bieber-like hairstyle to the pastel, Puma-sponsored outfits he wears during every tournament, Fowler can best be described as unique. But for a sport that usually seems stuck in the past, people like the 22-year-old Californian are exactly the breath of the fresh air that golf desperately needs.
After his sophomore year at Oklahoma State University, Fowler entered the PGA Tour in 2009 and has continued to impress his peers en route to becoming the youngest golfer since Tiger Woods to be given the Rookie of the Year award in 2010. Now in his second year of playing professional golf, Rickie is expanding his brand beyond the fairway, appearing in everything from magazines to parody music videos. With his celebrity status reaching an all-time high, we caught up with golf's next big name to see just how Complex he really is.
What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Rickie Fowler: I actually haven’t been listening to a whole lot of music recently. I wouldn’t be able to name just a single song right now, but my two go-to artists would be Eminem and Rise Against.
What are your favorite sneakers to wear?
Rickie Fowler: I have to go with Puma. The Puma Tekkies are probably my favorite right now. They’re just comfortable, little slip-on type shoes.
What’s the most money you ever spent on an item of clothing?
Rickie Fowler: Probably the suit I bought last year. I didn’t really have a suit. When I turned pro, I had to do some dinners so I bought a suit that was probably over $1,000. I can’t remember the exact amount...I didn’t really want to see how much exactly.
What celebrity is in your Wifey Hall of Fame?
Rickie Fowler: Other than my girlfriend since she’s right there…nah, she’s not a celebrity yet. [Laughter.] Thinking present, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker. Those two are pretty good in that movie, Just Go With It. I’m going to have to say them for now.
Favorite alcoholic beverage?
Rickie Fowler: I’m actually not a drinker. If I go out, I’m usually the designated driver for all my buddies at school, and when we go out, I usually just sip on a Red Bull to help me stay awake.
Current video game obsession?
Rickie Fowler: Well, I’m on the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, so if I get a chance, I would probably throw that in. You know, it’s pretty cool to see yourself on a video game.
Rickie Fowler: I got a pretty good one right now, the GTR Skyline. But I would probably say that my dream ride would be the Porsche 911 GT3.
Coveted tech product?
Rickie Fowler: I would probably say my iPhone. I usually don’t have the time to bring out my laptop, so I check e-mails, and Twitter. It’s probably the most useful thing that I have with me at all times.
Favorite city to visit?
Rickie Fowler: Outside the United States, I’d say Australia. I really enjoyed being down there when I spent time in Sydney and Melbourne. Both were cool places.
Who is the most famous person in your cellphone?
Rickie Fowler: I’ve got Mark Wahlberg in there.
How did you get his number?
Rickie Fowler: I actually caddied for him in the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge last year. They had Mark Wahlberg, Wayne Gretzky, Drew Brees, and an amateur contestant who won a competition to get in. They had a few professional golfers caddy for them, and I happened to caddy for Wahlberg. We’ve stayed in touch since then.