March 26 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rickie Fowler has some built in karma working for him this week at Bay Hill, where he won an AJGA event in 2006 beating out guys like Kyle Stanley, Sam Saunders and Peter Uihlein.
After three birdies over his first four holes, Fowler’s in position to challenge for a much bigger title this week. He stuck his approach shot on the first hole to set up an easy birdie then sank one from off the green on the par-3 second. Fowler added another birdie two holes later on the par-5 fourth.
Unfortunately for Fowler, though, he just gave some of that back by hitting his tee shot in the water on the par-5 sixth hole.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods has had a roller-coaster round so far. He bogeyed the opening hole after missing the fairway and then hitting into a greenside bunker but bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 fourth. Woods gave it right back, though with a bogey on No. 5 before rolling in a 12-footer for eagle one hole later.
Others in contention, like K.J. Choi and Hunter Mahan, haven’t been as fortunate. They are 1 and 2 over through four and five holes, respectively, and sliding down the leaderboard. Jason Dufner and Vaughn Taylor have also struggled. Dufner is 1 over through six and Taylor 3 over through five. -- Brian Wacker