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Posted: November 13, 2009
A washout at the PGA Tour Viking Classic and an extra week off did not slow down 20-year old Rickie Fowler one bit. The Titleist Brand Ambassador fired an opening round 66 at the Children's Miracle Network Classic, birdieing five of the final six holes to post an incoming 31. Fowler, who turns 21 on December 13th, has now shot in the 60s in his first nine rounds as a professional on the PGA TOUR.
The big-hitting Fowler was 4th in driving distance in his last event two weeks ago at the Frys.com Open, but it was a chip-in on the 18th yesterday that capped his stellar first round.
Fowler credits his long time coach with teaching him the technique that is now a real strength in his game.
"I worked on a lot of short game, putting and chipping, with my coach Barry McDonald back home at the driving range I grew up at," said Fowler. "I started working with him when I was seven years old, and then through middle school is when I really got the technique down. I maintained that technique and learned to hit different shots, but that was really what I worked on the most and it's definitely helped out now."
Rickie sat down with the Golf Channel to recap both his first round performance and the blistering start to his professional career. Click here to watch the video.