His father, Rod, owns a trucking company. Father enjoyed riding dirt bikes and won the 1986 Baja 1000 while racing for a Yamaha team. Rickie gave up serious dirt-bike riding after an accident prior to his freshman year in high school resulted in a couple of broken bones in his foot.
His middle name comes from his grandfather, Taka Tanaka. His younger sister, Taylor, attends Cal State-Fullerton, where she is on the golf team.
Started playing golf at age 3.
Member of the Golf Boys video with Ben Crane, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan.
Biggest thrill in golf was playing in the Walker Cup.
Biggest thrill outside of golf is being in the air on his bike.