AUGUSTA — Rickie Fowler, thank goodness, is a much better golfer than he is a singer. Otherwise, he might have a hard time making a living.
Fowler is famous, or infamous some might say, for being part of the “Golf Boys” music videos, which also feature Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and Ben Crane.
Fowler, who clawed his way onto the Masters leader board by shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday at Augusta National, is at 3-under 213 for the tournament and perfectly positioned to make a charge on Sunday.
But a lot of the talk on Saturday was about the videos.
He said he looks back at them, and he asks himself: “Why did we do them?”
After much laughter from the media corps, Fowler said, “No, I just sit there and laugh, too.
“There’s still some people that I meet that have not seen them, and I try to keep them as far away as possible. But at some point, they are bound to find out. It’s going to be with me forever.”
Fowler said he is proud that the two videos have helped raise money for charity, but, no, the foursome is not planning another. They’re too busy playing golf.
Did someone say 59?
After shooting 30 on the front nine and then making a birdie on the 10th hole, Gary Woodland was 7-under on his round Saturday, and breaking the course record of 63 was on everyone’s mind except his.
“I was just thinking about making birdie on every hole,” he said. “I was in a zone that you want to be in.”
As it was, Woodland made a bogey on No. 11 and a double bogey on No. 12 after hitting into the water off the tee. He wound up with a 39 on the back side to finish with a 69. It left him at ever par after three rounds.
On the front, he made birdies at 1, 6, 8 and 9 and had an eagle at 2 for the 30.
“Hopefully, I can get back in that zone tomorrow,” he said.
Where eagles dare
Eagles were in short supply the first two days, with the field recording 10.
But on Saturday, Justin Rose had two.
He holed his approach shot on the par-4 3rd for an eagle 2, and then made a 25-footer on the par-5 13th for an eagle 3.
“On the third hole, it was a blind second shot, but I could tell by the crowd that it went in,” Rose said. “On 13, I hit a great drive – drew it around the corner. Then I hit an awesome 4-iron, and it began to funnel toward the hole.
“Couple bits of crystal coming my way,” he said of the goblets that go to players for making eagles.
Rose is at 1-under, 215.
Odd man out
Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy was the 51st and final player to make the cut, so he played with a marker in the first twosome out.
Augusta member Jeff Knox played with McIlroy.
“Jeff is a great player,” McIlroy said. “He beat me by one. I thought he was going to be nice and 3-putt the last hole, so we could halve.
“He, obviously, knows this place so well and gets it around. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone putt the greens here as well as he does. I was thinking of maybe getting him to read a few of my putts.”
This year’s winner will receive $1,620,000. The pro in 50th place (one amateur was among the 51 players who made the cut) will receive $22,680. The pros who missed the cut will get paid, too, ranging downward from $19,980. ... Saturday was former champion Sandy Lyle’s 100th round in the Masters. “That’s something you can tell your grandchildren about in time to come,” he said.