Fowler will be sporting one of two pairs of handmade shoes furnished by his sponsor, Puma, which include a collage of pictures of the late tournament host. While one pair is currently being auctioned with proceeds to benefit Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation, Fowler plans to split up the other pair that he’ll use on the course.
The right shoe will remain on property at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, where Fowler hopes it will join another special memento he had previously left. The only hat in Palmer’s well-preserved upstairs office is one Fowler signed for him after the two had lunch together last year.
“To the original king,” Fowler wrote. “Honored to call you my friend!!”
As for the left shoe, Fowler hopes to keep that one and add it to the growing stockpile of Palmer memorabilia he has at his house. Thus far, it’s a collection that includes magazine covers commemorating Palmer’s death, the program from his memorial service in September and the hat Fowler wore during the final round of the Ryder Cup, adorned with a Palmer umbrella pin.
“It’s just a couple little things,” Fowler said Wednesday. “Nothing signed from him or any personal little memorabilia from him, but these shoes ended up being something cool … hopefully I’ll just be able to keep one of the shoes and the other shoe will find a home here.”