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Fowler down, up and then down again in 1st round at Masters

  • Rickie Fowler watches as he shot bounces off a tree on the first fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Rickie Fowler watches as he shot bounces off a tree on the first fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rickie Fowler hits out of the rough off the first fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Rickie Fowler hits out of the rough off the first fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rickie Fowler tees off at the 13th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Rickie Fowler tees off at the 13th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

Rickie Fowler's latest pursuit of a major championship got off to a rocky start.

Fowler opened the Masters with an 8-over 80 on Thursday as he tries to shed that label of best player without a major title. He recovered from an opening double bogey with three birdies in four holes.

The rest of his round wasn't pretty on a windy, sometimes exasperating day at Augusta National: one more double bogey, a triple on No. 13 and four plain ole bogeys. Fowler had a simple explanation on what happened.

"Golf. Golf happened," Fowler said. "It's a crazy four-letter word."

Things really went awry on No. 13.

Fowler's drive went right, into the trees. Then he had to take a drop after his third shot landed in the creek and then he overshot the green, chipping it 17 feet past the hole and two-putting for an 8.

"Thirteen was tough," he said. "I tried playing it out to the right, couldn't get people moved so I just pretty much had to play it and had a pretty bad lie out there with it being wet and matted down."

He hit another shot into the trees on 14 and into the water two holes later for his second double bogey.