Fowler's final birdie, at the 186-yard par 3 17th, required both a tactical plan and a flair for the dramatic.
Fowler took note on the tee when playing partner
"I probably hit about a 10- or 15-yard cut," Fowler said. "I was aiming left and really trying to work it. Being downwind, the cut's going to help hold it up in the air and let it come down a little softer than a draw would. … It hit our [yardage] number perfectly."
That was half the battle. But then as Fowler was lining up his for-birdie putt,
"Sometimes I back off, sometimes I don't," he said. "I just thought it would be kind of cool to get a roar going back to 16."
His putt fell. The roar came.
With tricky pin placements Saturday and a firmer and faster course, Fowler still had a sense that a round in the mid- to high-60s was attainable.
"With control of the golf ball it is," he said. "You definitely have to stay away from making big numbers."
Fowler's biggest number was a 5, a bogey on the 11th.
Speaking of big numbers…
Four players could not break 80 on Saturday. At least one player wishes he shot 80.
The wheels came off for
Dare to dream
A two-over 72 dropped
Mickelson, who has six second-place Open finishes, used the word "interesting" to describe the Saturday setup.