SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Phil Mickelson emerged from the tunnel to the 16th tee box during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday, the packed gallery instantly recognized the local favorite and came to life.
Moments later, they cheered nearly as loud for the rising star decked out in green who might just take Mickelson's place as the tournament's biggest attraction.
At just 23 years old and playing his fourth Phoenix Open, Rickie Fowler has quickly won over the rowdy faithful at TPC Scottsdale, and the pairing could hardly be more perfect. It's not hard to see why the atypical crowds that fill the galleries of the Phoenix Open have fallen in love with Fowler. Since turning pro in 2009, Fowler has earned a rock-star reputation for his flashy outfits and youthful exuberance.
At the Phoenix Open, that kind of persona is embraced perhaps more than anywhere else. The raucous crowds love a player who stands out and offers an edgy alternative to the tradition...