If you’re looking for a great way to salvage your round, making six birdies in a row is a good start. On Thursday, Rickie Fowler lit up the back nine during the first round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club when carded a career-high six consecutive birdies en route to a 6-under 65 and a tie for fifth.
After a starting out even par through 11 holes, Fowler got things rolling when he flagged his 9-iron approach on the par-4 12th to kick -in range. Then he holed a 20-footer for birdie on 13, then another on par-5 14th. He added two more, then capped it off with this birdie pitch from way downtown.
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“I think the biggest thing, I made a good swing with a 9-iron on 12,” Fowler said after his round. “Felt like I was in position to get the iron shots close and make birdies. Really wasn’t doing it. Made a perfect swing there, almost flew in the hole, kind of got things going and made some more good swings, few good putts and a nice chip-in on 17 to kind of extend the birdie streak, and had a good look on 18. Had a good putt. Didn’t break. Nice solid start to the week.”
Fowler entered the week sixth in the FedEx Cup standings. While he would like to get into the top 5, he’s not feeling much pressure
“For the most part it’s the least amount of pressure I’ve had in the third week of the Playoffs because we’re obviously locked for next week,” Fowler said. “I don’t have to worry about that. There’s no cut here. Can’t fall that far back.
“But it would be nice to make sure that we were inside that Top-5. So, yeah, off to a good start and have fun the next two days.”
After day one, Aussie Marc Leishman made 10 birdies and leads the way at 9-under. Jason Day, Charley Hoffman, and Jamie Lovemark are two back, with a host of others including Speith and Mickelson not far behind. Here’s a look at Thursday’s highlights:
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