April 11 2013
Rickie Fowler overcame a shaky start to shoot 68 on Thursday (Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Rickie Fowler opened his 2013 Masters with a double bogey on the first hole Thursday. Then he started his back nine in the first round with another double bogey at the 10th hole.
And the rest?
"Played 16 holes really well," Fowler said.
Indeed. He posted six birdies and one eagle to counteract his two bad holes to shoot a 4-under 68 at Augusta National. It's Fowler's lowest score in nine career Masters rounds.
He also becomes the first player since Raymond Floyd in 1992 to shoot in the 60s at the Masters with two double bogeys.
"Definitely some big setbacks," Fowler said of his two bogeys. "... Just had to stay in the moment and keep swinging."
Fowler bounced back from his opening double with a birdie at the second and eventually made the two at 2 under. He gave those two strokes back at the 10th when a bad swing left him with an unplayable lie. But he again bounced back with a birdie at the par-4 11th. He then eagled the par-5 15th and birdied the 17th.