Rickie Fowler continues solid play

DETROIT, Mich. – Rickie Fowler does a lot on the golf course that the everyday person can’t relate to.

But on Thursday, as he tried to close out his first round at the 2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic, he was in the most familiar positions.

“I mean, to be honest, I had to go to the bathroom pretty bad,” Fowler said, explaining part of the reason he had his two closing bogeys to end an otherwise stellar performance. “Luckily, I just got the drug tested so I went straight (there). There weren’t a lot of bathrooms the last five holes, so I was a little shaken coming in, and not necessarily blaming the finish on it, but that didn’t help..”

Rickie Fowler walks to the 15th green during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club in Detroit on Thursday, June 29, 2023.

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Fortunately for Fowler, he had been red-hot before his toilet needs. The fan favorite made eight birdies and just one bogey in his first 16 holes; add it all up and he finished 5-over 67.

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