(Editor’s Note: Throughout the Bridgestone Invitational, pro golfer Rickie Fowler is teaming up with the Beacon Journal’s Bob Dyer to write a daily column. This is the third installment in their series.)
Well, I hit it 80 times on Friday. But today is a new day.
Hey, it was better than an 81!
When I got out on the range in the morning, I felt really good. I was swinging well.
And I drove it right down the middle on the first hole.
Then I got above the hole and thought it was going to be quick, and I left it short. Ended up with a quick three-putt and a bogey right out of the gate.
On the second hole, I hit a good drive, but just left it a little right and it hung in the bunker. I hit the lip, went in the next bunker, hit the lip in that one, stayed in the bunker and plugged, so I chopped it out.
A few more shots and I walked away with an 8.
Then I made two bogeys to follow.
A little bit of a tough start.
On No. 6, I pushed one a little right of the fairway and actually hit a guy in the leg (spectator Doug Herbert, who was bruised but not seriously hurt), which kicked the ball a little farther right — under a tree — and made a double-bogey.
The fans are so close to the competition that it’s just a matter of time before somebody gets hit.
Golf can be a tough game, and we don’t always hit it straight. In some places, the fans are only 5 yards off the fairway, and they’re just off the edge of the greens.
It’s hard to get out of the way quickly, and by the time you see it, you don’t have much time to react.
It was a blind tee shot, so I couldn’t see any of the people down there on the right, and they couldn’t see where the tee ball was coming from.
Obviously, when that happens, you want to make sure the person’s all right and give them whatever you can. I’ve seen Phil Mickelson give people anything from a watch to money. Other guys give a glove or ball. It depends on the situation.
But overall I made some good swings Friday. I cleaned it up on the back 9, making a couple of birdies.
I just left a couple drives to the right and got in some tough positions, and then compounded those mistakes.
As I said, golf can be tough sometimes.
After the round, I grabbed some Chipotle and made sure I got the order right for Bubba Watson and his wife, Angie. Haven’t gotten it wrong yet.
After that, I kicked back and watched the Olympics.
I’m pretty good at leaving my emotions at the course. Obviously, you’re in a better mood if you shoot 65 versus 80, but I don’t take it out on any friends.
It was just another day on the golf course. God gave us the blessing to be able to play golf and do this for a living.
I get to come out and play golf again today.
Tee time: 8 a.m.
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