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Rickie Fowler wearing traditional Sunday orange - It shouldn't matter, he says

Rickie Fowler wears orange on Sunday in a hark back to his university days.
Rickie Fowler wears orange on Sunday in a hark back to his university days.

Rickie Fowler has confirmed he will wear his traditional Sunday orange at The Open Championship saying he is aware of the symbolism of the colour but it shouldn't matter what he plays in at Portrush.

It came after reports he may have been advised to avoid the colour while playing in Northern Ireland.

Fowler has worn orange on the final day of tournaments throughout his professional career in a nod to his university days at Oklahoma State.

After shooting a five under par Saturday 66 to get into a tie for sixth at Royal Portrush, he was asked if any of the Northern Irish guys on the tour had spoken to him about wearing orange for his final round given its association with the unionist section of the community and the Orange Order.

The Daily Mail reported he had been advised to "play it safe," in terms of his colours for the final day.

“I obviously know the history of Ireland and Northern Ireland. But a few people told me that being not a local, it doesn't necessarily matter as much or it shouldn't,”  he said.

“I'll have traditional Sunday orange."

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The comments were reported around various news and sport websites around the world.

Fowler represented Oklahoma before turning professional in 2009 and has previously explained what the colour means to him.

“I started doing that while I was in school,"  he said. "Obviously not many guys wear orange, so it was a way to be my own man out there.

"A few of my Oklahoma State teammates wore the same colors, so at the time it was a bit of a bonding thing. But nobody really does it on tour. I like to think of it as my own little personal style,”

The 30-year-old is considered as one of the greatest players not to have won a major, with a series of narrow misses including a joint second placed finish behind Rory McIlroy at The Open in 2014.

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