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Fowler continues hot streak in Vegas

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Rickie Fowler continued to build on his impressive showing at the Ryder Cup by crafting a solid platform on day one of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Open in Las Vegas.

The 21-year-old was a controversial wildcard pick from Corey Pavin at Celtic Manor, but he justified the faith shown in him by producing a battling performance. His efforts against Edoardo Molinari - where he birdied the last three holes to gain half a point in the singles - were emblematic of the Americans' final-day fightback.

In his first tournament after the Ryder Cup - the Frys.com Open - Fowler finished a commendable fourth, and he followed that up with a three-under 68 at TPC Summerlin. After an uneventful first nine holes, Fowler's round caught fire after the turn - four birdies between 10 and 16, then a calamitous double-bogey at 17 before he finished with a birdie.

Fowler's Ryder Cup team-mate Hunter Mahan, who lost in the decisive singles match against Graeme McDowell, bounced back from his Celtic Manor disappointment to reach four-under.

Five players share the clubhouse lead after the first round. Early front-runners Robert Garrigus and Will Mackenzie are joined by Cameron Tringale, Michael Letzig and Australian John Senden at seven-under.

Brian Davis is the best placed of the Brits after birdies on each of his final three holes helped to a bogey-free round of four-under-par.

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