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Just like you, Rickie Fowler has first-hole jitters. Unlike you, Fowler gets himself out of trouble

September 07, 2015

From the weekend warrior to Tiger Woods, a round's opening shot can be a formidable opponent. (Remember, Woods went an entire YEAR without making a par on his first hole in a tournament.)

Even players like Rickie Fowler, No. 9 in the world rankings and in the final group of the Deutsche Bank Championship, are not immune to such nerves, as the 26-year-old hit his first drive of the day on a part of the golf course normally reserved for wild habitat and hacks.

Yet, unlike us mere mortals, Fowler was able to find and play his ball from the hazard, managing to save par in the process. And, for good measure, Fowler proved on No. 2 that he's able to shed his shaky start, dropping this 40-foot bomb for eagle:

This wraps up our daily reminder that these guys play a game of which we are not familiar.