The 2012 champion at Quail Hollow Club was 3 under and one shot off the lead through seven holes when his tee shot at the par-3 17th hole (he started on No. 10) dropped woefully short and into a water hazard.
“I made a bad swing. I hit it a bit heavy and the hole was playing pretty short for the distance,” said Fowler, who made double bogey on the hole. “Just a bit of a miscue.”
Fowler recovered with what may have been his best drive of the day at the next hole, the into-the-wind 18th, and played the rest of his round in even par to remain in the hunt.
“[No.] 18’s not an easy hole to come off of just a dumb mistake,” he said. “It's probably one of the harder driving holes on the golf course with the creek left.”