BETHESDA, Md. — After bogeying his first hole of the day and following up with a double bogey on the next, Rickie Fowler bounced back to finish his round at even-par 70 to open the Quicken Loans National on Thursday.
Fowler, ranked No. 9 in the world, was four behind the leaders when he finished his round. He started the day off on the second-longest hole of the course, the par-5 10th at 560 yards.
“They’re not easy holes if you miss the fairway. So yeah, after the start, good to come back and make birdie on 12,” Fowler said.
He birdied four more times, climbing back to even. For Fowler, the focus was on driving.
“It was a good round after the start. It isn’t playing easy out there, especially (when) you have to drive it in the fairway. I feel like I drove it well other than the start and a couple holes coming in,” he said.
A Quicken Loans player ambassador, Fowler is competing in the tournament for the sixth time. His highest finish came in 2015, when he took second. However,…