Rickie Fowler opens with a 63

FORT WORTH -- Rickie Fowler finds himself in a good spot entering the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial after firing a 7-under round on Thursday.

“Sixty-three to start out with is pretty awesome,” Fowler said.

And it could have been a whole lot better. Historically better. As Fowler stood on the tee at No. 9, he needed a birdie to set the tournament record. With an eagle he would have had a magical 59. Instead he made a double-bogey on his last hole, dropping him to third place.

Fowler’s second shot ended up in the pond in front of the green, forcing him to drop. His bogey put from about 10 feet missed to the high side and he settled for a six.

“It’s not always fun to finish with a double but I played well,” Fowler said. “I hit the ball well and I rolled it really well. It’s a little bit of a sour way to finish but I’m excited to move on to tomorrow. I like this course a lot. It’s been good to me. I won the Hogan Award here and Colonial and Crowne Plaza have been good to me. I’m excited to be playing well this week.”

Fowler made two birdies and a bogey on the back nine before catching fire on the front side. He eagled the par-5 first hole and birdied Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 before the double bogey on No. 9.

He finished with a 29 on the front side, tying seven other golfers in the tournament’s history for the second-lowest score in the first nine holes. Wayne Levi had a 28 in 1993.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had [a 29] with a double, no,” Fowler said, “But it was fun.”

Keith Clearwater (1993), Lee Janzen (1993), Greg Kraft (1999), Kenny Perry (2003), Justin Leonard (2003) and Chad Campbell (2004) share the tournament record with a 61.