Only two Navajos ever earned playing cards on the Professional Golfers Tour, Rickie Fowler (of Japanese and Navajo descent) and Notah Begay III.
Rickie grew up in California. Fowler raced motocross until injuries hindered his golf practices. After graduating from Murrieta Valley High School, he received a full scholarship to Oklahoma State to play golf. He attended the University for two years and planned to major in business.
During his college career, he earned recognition as an All-American and became the first freshman to win NCAA Player of the Year. In 2007 he represented the United States in the Walker Cup and helped lead that team to victory over Great Britain. In 2009, at age twenty, Fowler joined the professional league. The following year, Fowler became the youngest US Ryder Cup player of all-time. He also won the PGA Rookie of Year award. He won his first professional title at OneAsia Tour’s Kolon Korea Open and his first PGA Title last month at the Wells Fargo Championship.
In 2011 Rickie Fowler created his own Foundation to assist Japanese and Native American communities focusing on at-risk youth. Fowler doesn’t drink. He regularly attends PGA Tour’s weekly Bible study events. The Professional Golfers Association hopes that Fowler’s style attracts a younger generation to play.