Fowler opens Mickelson's eyes in Masters practice

Rickie Fowler during practice at Augusta National for the 2014 Masters.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Attire wasn’t the only thing colorful thing about Rickie Fowler in that interesting Masters Tuesday practice round. So was his game.

Fowler shot 30 on the front nine with Phil Mickelson as a partner. And on the back, according to Mickelson, Fowler eagled No. 13 and made three birdies.

What did Fowler shoot?

He said Wednesday he wasn’t sure because he had a double bogey and a three-putt green on the back.

When told that his tear is telling about his current form, Fowler said, “Last week was a better indicator.” That was a reference to his sixth-place finish at the Shell Houston Open.

Fowler earned $230,400 at Houston. He and Mickelson also made more than a few bucks in their money match against Dustin Johnson and Jason Dufner.

How much?

“That will stay under wraps," said Fowler, whose best finish in three Masters starts was a tie for 27th two years ago. "But it was enough for some trash talk and enough to get our juices flowing,"

Sounds like a tidy sum, at least enough for some jet fuel. It usually takes at least one comma and 3-4 zeros to get Mickelson’s juices flowing.

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