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March 24 2011

2:45 PM

Fowler out to fast start; scoring good

ORLANDO, Fla. – With an overcast sky and slightly cool, damp air, conditions are good for scoring early in the opening round at Bay Hill, where there’s a logjam of players, including Rickie Fowler and Lee Janzen, currently at 3 under.

Fowler, who started on the back nine, birdied his first hole of the day, rolling in a 13-footer on No. 10 before adding another on No. 15. Fowler then eagled the par-5 16th, where he hit his approach to six feet. Fowler made the turn in 4 under but has since dropped a shot on the par-4 third, where he missed the green right and failed to get up-and-down for par ( click here to follow Fowler’s round with Shot Tracker).

Other notables currently on the course include the group of Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas ( click here to follow). Mahan is off to the best start of anyone in that group at 3 under through seven holes. They also started on the back nine.

Speaking of the back nine, one note of interest is that the tee box across the street on No. 15 is in use today. So far, No. 15 is playing as the seventh most-difficult hole on the course. -- Brian Wacker

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