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On the par-3 second hole _ his 11th of the opening round _ Fowler quickly backed away when he noticed his ball move ever so slightly on the green. Then, it became a matter of whether he had addressed the ball.

“I kind of one-footed it when it moved,” he said.

With his right foot planted, he placed the putter about an inch behind the ball and was moving his left foot into position when the ball moved. The wind was blowing, but Fowler attributed the movement to being in a footprint.

“I saw it move as soon as I got over the ball,” he said.

After a discussion with rules officials, Fowler replaced the ball and tapped in. Then, he placed another ball in the spot as a provisional and tapped in, depending on what the ruling was going to be. Officials reviewed it on tape, and determined it to be a one-shot penalty.

Fowler wound up with a 71.

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TAYLOR’S YEAR: Unlike the last two years, Vaughn Taylor gets to play more than one week in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He didn’t qualify last year, and made it through only the one event the year before.

Now, he comes into the playoffs at No. 38, and his opening 65 sure didn’t hurt.

Taylor started that high on the strength of four top 10s, the most memorable his playoff loss in the Houston Open that cost him a trip to the Masters in his hometown of Augusta.

“It kind of ate at me for a little while,” he said. “It was hard to sleep sometimes at night. You always think what you could have done differently, and I would have loved to have had that playoff again.”

The most peculiar part of his year was a tie for 35th in the Reno-Tahoe Open, not the result but the reason.

“I had a nice stretch there for about a month and went out to Reno and just struggled with the altitude,” he said. “Just couldn’t figure out how far the ball was going.”

This is unusual because Taylor’s only two victories were at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Why was altitude a problem this time?

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