Thursday 23 November 2017

Fowler recovers to haul leaders back into sights

Ryuji Imada, Bo Van Pelt and Paul Goydos surged into an early first round lead at the Open in San Martin, California last night.

Neither Imada or Van Pelt had a bogey on their card as six birdies gave them an opening round of 65, while Goydos' two bogeys and eight birdies brought him to the same mark.

Ryder Cup starlet Rickie Fowler recovered from a difficult start to lie four shots off the early pacesetters.

Fowler's heroics in the final day singles almost helped the United States retain the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor earlier this month and he underlined his reputation as a streaky player when, after reaching the turn in one over par, he hit four birdies on the back nine to bring himself into contention on two-under-par, one behind former world No 1 David Duval.

It was a poor day, however, for former Masters champion Trevor Immelmann, who continued his recent struggles with five bogeys in his opening round before signing for a 75.

Irish Independent

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