CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rickie Fowler laughed as he related the story, which, when you think about it, is pretty darned absurd.
"I am such a trouble-maker," he said.
For the second time in a month, Fowler was chastized by an official associated with the host club at a sanctioned PGA Tour event, and adjudged guilty of the heinous crime of wearing his hat backwards.
Fowler, a savvy 22-year-old who usually flips around his hat during interviews so people can see his face and the logo of his website that is stitched across the back of the cap, first was told to turn his hat around when he entered the interview room at Augusta National a month ago. He quickly complied.
Wednesday, with his lid on backward in the parking lot of the Quail Hollow Club, a man approached him, identified himself as a club member and informed him that there was a club rule regarding hats and asked Fowler to wear it properly. So he flipped it around again, bill facing forward.
Gee, and we wonder why golf has such a stiff image in the eyes of, oh, about 90 percent of the world's populace? Maybe somebody ought to point out to the suits at these stuffy clubs that Fowler has become the third-most popular fan draw behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, specifically because he's young and doesn't look like every other player on the tour.
"I wasn't sure if the guy was kidding or not," Fowler said after shooting a 4-under 68 in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.
Thursday, Fowler conducted his post-round interviews with his hat on backward, as usual.