There were about 50 gallery members hanging around the 14th green as Rickie Fowler and his group finished putting out at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on Friday. Before he headed to the 15th tee box, natured called and he dipped inside one of the thousands of portable waste station on the Bay Hill Lodge and Club course.
The 50 fans clapped.
It is unknown what they did upon his exit, but it was proof that fans following the young phenom will clap at anything he does.
“It’s pretty cool to have fans and be someone who they look up to. It’s pretty special,” Fowler said this past weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. “I want to be a positive role model an don’t someone who gets kids in trouble. I’d like to keep them following and keep the crowd growing.”
And it’s not all about 19- and 20-year-old coeds in Fowler’s gallery, either. It’s all shapes, sizes, ages and colors following around one of the games refreshing personalities. He spent nearly an hour after his round trying to oblige every autograph-seeker who came his way.
“He’ll sign for as long as he needs to,” said Fowler’s caddie Joe Skavron. “He’s great about it.
Often times, after Fowler swings, people in his gallery will hoot and holler things like, “YEAH Rickie,” or “Way to go, Rickie.” Boisterous outbursts you don’t usually hear a lot from golf galleries.
“It’s pretty cool,” Fowler said. “Like I always say, it’s better to have a lot of fans than no fans at all.”