9 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RICKIE

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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.

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