9 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RICKIE
1 MOUSTACHE Why am I holding a wedge under my nose on the cover of this magazine? The orange moustache stamping on the back is a reference to the character Dick Fowler, P I, who I played in a series of Farmers Insurance ads. That wedge is in my bag.
2 CALIFORNIA PHENOM The first time I broke 70 I was 12 years old. The craziest stretch of scoring I ever had was in my junior year of high school. I shot 10 under three times in three weeks, all in tournaments.
3 IDLE ABOUT IDOLS Growing up I didn’t have a favourite tour player. The guy I wanted to learn from was from a different era – Ben Hogan.
4 HOLES-IN-ONE So far I’ve had four.
5 FAIR JORDAN I play a lot of golf with Michael Jordan at the Medalist Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. I spot him five shots a side. His Highness has got game, so I need to make a bunch of birdies to beat him.
6 BEST BUDDY I get along real well with a lot of guys on tour and have fun travelling to events with different crews. But if you’re going to make me say who my best friend is out here, I gotta go with Bubba Watson.
7 SWEET TRACKS My favourite course we play in the United States is Torrey Pines South. It just suits my eye. Overseas I really like Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.
8 INK On the inside of my left wrist I have a tattoo of Barry McDonnell’s signature. Big B was my coach from childhood until he passed in 2011.
9 TANNING I’ll play golf without a shirt every now and again. I’ve done it in the Bahamas and at a few men’s clubs in the United States that allow it. Frees up your swing.