Fowler comes undone on back nine during opening 80


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rickie Fowler picked another bad time for a blowup round.

Only 1 over for the day on the 13th tee Thursday, Fowler made a triple-bogey 8 on the and dropped four more shots coming home for an opening 80 at the Masters.

When Fowler finished his round, only one player, Robert Streb, had posted a worse score (81).

“Golf,” Fowler said.

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It was his eighth round of 78 or worse in a major. He had finished in the top 12 in each of his past two appearances at the Masters. He said after his round that he saw no signs during practice that a poor day was imminent. 

After the triple on 13, Fowler bogeyed 14, doubled the 16th after finding the water, and made another bogey on the finishing hole.

“No, obviously golf is tough, and it’s a fine line, especially at this place,” he said. “It can go either way, and it definitely can go to the other way, the high-number way, a lot easier than it can the low.”