sport news Orange is still the order of the day for flamboyant Ricky Fowler ahead of final ...

Rickie Fowler, a nearly man of the majors, will wave aside the chequered history of Northern Ireland by wearing his trademark orange shirt at Royal Portrush on Sunday.

After a fine five-under par third round to go minus eight overall, the American is in with a fighter's chance of lifting the Claret Jug, and, as ever, he is making no apologies for his flamboyant appearance.

The orange, the devoted bible studies student declares, is no political statement. He is merely wearing the colour of his old school, Oklahoma State University. And that is that.

Rickie Fowler will wear his trademark orange shirt at Royal Portrush on Sunday

Fowler is sartorial heir to Britain's Max Faulkner, stylish winner when The Open last called here in 1951. He lit up golf's post-war years with lilac plus-twos, purple shirts, white socks and three-tone shoes. You could see him a couple of long drives away.

There had been talk of Fowler, the modern popinjay, having been advised by Brooks Koepka's caddie Ricky Elliott — a Portrush native — to play it safe. 

The 148th Open was not like all the rest, he was advised. Indeed, a march staged by the Portrush Sons of Ulster was due to beat its drums through the town centre to the local Orange Hall as Fowler spoke close to the becalmed course.

Fowler said: 'I obviously know the history of Ireland and Northern Ireland. But a few people told me that, as I'm not a local, it doesn't necessarily matter as much or it shouldn't.

'So, no, I'll have traditional Sunday orange for you.'

Fowler is heir to Max Faulkner, stylish winner when The Open last called in Portrush in 1951

Fowler is heir to Max Faulkner, stylish winner when The Open last called in Portrush in 1951

It must be reported that the atmosphere has been universally warm at this Open. There is a post-Troubles vibe here in this slightly faded seaside resort with its stunning coastline.

Fowler's talent is as nearly extravagant as his dress and yet the 30-year-old has been around so long, a decade as a pro, that it is astonishing he remains

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