Rickie Fowler, Allison Stokke engaged

Rickie Fowler, Allison Stokke engaged

Rickie Fowler, Allison Stokke engaged

The best golfers in the world have a big week awaiting them at the U.S. Open, but Rickie Fowler made a decision to get the festivities started early.

Fowler proposed to girlfriend Allison Stokke Friday in Southampton, N.Y. ahead of next week's U.S. Open at Shinnecock.

Fowler posted pictures of the proposal on social media.

He proposed on National Best Friend Day, and said on Instagram "Today is National Best Friend Day so I wanted to lock mine down..."

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"What. A. Week. So proud to stand alongside this man!" Stokke posted on Instagram. The pair have been dating publicly for a while.

Rickie Fowler's U.S. Open preparations included a big off-the-course commitment.

In April, Stokke caddied for Fowler at the Masters, but Fowler finished just one stroke behind victor Patrick Reed after shooting a five under on Sunday in Augusta.

Fowler is a four-time PGA Tour victor who is now ranked No. 7 in the world.

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