Rickie Fowler's remarkable flop shot lands for unlikely birdie

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Flop shots don't get any better than the one Rickie Fowler pulled off on Thursday at TPC Sawgrass.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, May 09, 2014 | 8:46 a.m.

The flop shot is one of the most difficult to execute in golf. It requires a full swing, with an open clubface at close range. Chicken out at the last second and you can roll sod over your golf ball.

Get really agressive and miss your spot by mere millimeters? Congratulations. You probably just skulled a wedge and your attempt at a 20-yard shot sailed some 150 yards.

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For years, Phil Mickelson has been the master of the flop shot. On Thursday, in the first round of the Players Championship, Rickie Fowler showed the world he commands the flop shot too.

Fowler got off to a poor start with a double bogey at the first hole. A birdie and a bogey later, he was still 2 over through five holes. Fowler birdied No. 6 and seemed to be gaining momentum, but flew the green with his approach shot at the par-4 seventh hole.

That's when the magic happened. Faced with -- by all counts -- an extremely difficult up and down just to make par, Fowler wowed spectators by executing the perfect flop shot that landed on the green like a feather and rolled into the hole for an unlikely birdie to pull back to even par.

Check it out here:



Fowler finished the round with a 1-under 71 was eight shots behind first-round leader Martin Kaymer.

Check out this video to see how you can learn to play a flop shot:



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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.