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Fowler fails to handle the windy conditions at Augusta

By Robert Jones

Rickie Fowler made two early birdies but a costly late blemish saw him shoot a one-over 73 in the first round of the Masters on Thursday at windy Augusta National Golf Club.

Fowler (right) got off to a hot start by birdieing the 2nd and 3rd holes. He bogeyed the par-4 7th but got it back with a birdie on the 9th to shot a two-under 34 on the front.

After a bogey on 11, Fowler's birdie on 13 was erased with a bogey on 14. After an errant drive on 18, Fowler was forced to punch out and three-putted for a double-bogey to end his day. Winds gusted at over 20 mph during Fowler's play on the back nine.

The American shot a first-round 80 last year on his way to missing the cut.

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