When it comes to Oklahoma State men’s golf, no name comes to mind quicker than Rickie Fowler.
The Southern California native who played college golf at Oklahoma State is right up there with Jordan Spieth as one of the most influential young stars on the PGA Tour. Fowler came just a stroke away from capturing his first career green jacket on Sunday when he finished second at the 82nd Masters Tournament — firing a final round 67 for a tournament score of 14-under-par.
Now, one of the most well-known golfers on tour — who can’t be missed for sporting his school colors on Sundays — is setting his sights on Stillwater, Okla. once again.
Oklahoma State Athletics announced on Wednesday that Fowler will team up with NBC Sports to produce a documentary on Oklahoma State men’s golf.
The documentary, titled “Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys,” will air in a four-part series. The first three episodes will air on Golf Channel on May 7, 14 and 21, respectively. The finale will be shown on NBC on Saturday, June 16 — the same weekend as the U.S. Open.
“As a proud Oklahoma State alum, Driven is a passion project of mine,” Fowler said in a statement. “I consider Stillwater my home away from home and I am excited to not only showcase my alma mater, but also provide fans with the unique insider perspective of what college golf represents.”
Fowler hinted that the rivalry between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will be a focus in the documentary. That rivalry has intensified on the golf links amid success from both schools. The Sooners won the 2017 NCAA Championship, but the Cowboys are currently ranked the No. 1 team in the country and are riding a 7-tournament winning streak.
Oklahoma State men’s golf coach Alan Bratton called it an honor for the Cowboys to be featured on a national stage through the documentary.
“It’s a credit to the history of the Oklahoma State golf program that Golf Channel chose to feature our team and this exciting season in their new series Driven,” Bratton said in a statement. “Oklahoma State men’s golf head coach. “We hope we make former coach Labron Harris, Athletic Director Mike Holder, all our former players and our supporters proud of how we represent them on and off the course through this series.”
Fowler, who played at Oklahoma State from from 2007-2009, became the first freshman to ever win the Ben Hogan Award — given annually to the nation’s top college golfer. Fowler has notched 4 PGA Tour victories since turning pro in 2009 and has also been part of the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He has posted a top-3 finish in all four of golf’s major championships throughout his career, but is still looking for his first major victory.