It’s one of the greatest spectacles in all of sports. For a diehard sports fan like me, the Masters has grown into one of the premier events to watch each year. As a student at Oklahoma State I have learned to love golf, and the pinnacle of the sport is hosted in Augusta, GA, each April.
The Masters is more tradition-rich than any other PGA Tour tournament. From Magnolia Lane to the Champions Locker Room to Amen Corner, the Masters is the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, the Wimbledon and the Rose Bowl all bundled into one for golf fans. This year is special as it is the 75th Masters and the 25th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ incredible comeback win in 1986 (ESPN has a special on what might be the greatest comeback in professional golf history Wednesday at 6 p.m.).
Cowboy fans have a lot to look forward to his time around as four current and former Oklahoma State golfers will take the game’s biggest stage on Thursday. Bo Van Pelt and Hunter Mahan are returning to Augusta National, while young gun Rickie Fowler and current Cowboy Peter Uihlein both make their first appearance on golf’s biggest stage.
All four golfers will bring in a distinctly unique style to Augusta National as they all compete for the top spot.
Bo Van Pelt is the oldest of the orange foursome, turning pro in 1998, five years before the next oldest Poke. Van Pelt also garners the most traditional style on the course. He is in his first year in a deal with Titleist, using their drivers, irons and golf balls. The deal also allows him to wear Foot Joy shoes. His main apparel sponsor is a little bit unique: the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.
Per his website (bovanpelt.com), “Bo competed in the first Nationwide Tour Event at the Miccosukee golf course. He met some of the leaders of the tribe, a friendship was formed, and a partnership began. Bo looks forward to continuing to help build the Miccosukee brand around the world as he competes on the golf course.” Van Pelt also struck a relationship with Flare, a new apparel company from Tulsa.
Hunter Mahan is looking to improve on two consecutive top-10 finishes in the Masters with an impressive showing this weekend. Mahan has developed his own distinctive style coming into the Masters this year. He uses PING and Titleist equipment, and you can’t miss it from the massive PING logo on his new and improved flat bill hat. He has followed this trend of youngsters switching to the flat bills, along with Fowler and Dustin Johnson.
His apparel sponsor is UnderArmour , shoes are Foot Joy and sunglasses are Sundog Eyewear. Look for some pretty colorful outfits from this Cowboy.
By far the most vibrant and outgoing Cowboy at the Masters this week is Rickie Fowler. His sole sponsor for apparel is Puma, and they are going to make sure you don’t forget it. Already famous for his not-so-traditional all-orange Sunday outfit, Fowler has a knack for matching HIS flat bills with the rest of his setup.
He likes monochrome outfits and bright colors. He is also sponsored by Titleist for his equipment. Look for Rickie to make a statement this weekend, both in his style and in his play.
Finally, the amateur. Peter Uihlein gets the most exciting experience of all the Cowboys this week as he is staying in the famed Crow’s Nest inside the exclusive clubhouse at Augusta National. Playing in your first major can be a daunting task. Especially when you’re an amateur. Especially when it’s the Masters. Especially when you’re paired with the defending champion.
Uihlein said in a recent interview at Karsten Creek that he hopes to be wearing plenty of orange this week. His nerves were subsided yesterday (at least temporarily) when he played a practice round with some of the other Cowboys in the tournament. This picture was taken during today’s practice round. The round was much colder than what is expected this weekend, and here you can see Peter sporting his Swingin’ Pete team hat and a sweet argyle Augusta National quarter-zip and his Pistol Pete 59 Belt Buckle.
Looking fresh and ready to go, the Pokes have a great opportunity to make a run for the green jacket come Sunday.
Hope you enjoyed the post, I’d love any feedback (unless you hated it), and happy Masters Week! GO POKES!