Spieth Leads The Way At The Masters
Jordan Spieth shot a round of 66 (-6) at Augusta National that included 6 birdies, putting him at the top of the leader board after the first round of the Masters. Spieth said after his round: “I certainly made a lot of putts today.”
As the day progressed with strong gusting winds that built in strength the conditions became more difficult and consequently scoring became more difficult.
New Zealander Danny Lee shot a round of 68 (-4) that included 6 birdies to put him joint second with Shane Lowry.
Justin Rose made birdies on 1, 3 and 10, holing putts from outside 20 feet, as well as 3 other birdies in his round, finishing with 69 (-3), and said “Last year was obviously a big confidence boost but Augusta National has always been a place where I have felt comfortable.” Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Soren Kjeldsen and Sergio Garcia also finished at -3. Sergio Garcia went out in 37 and got it together on the back nine, taking 32 shots to give him a score of 69 (-3).
Rory McIlroy played some good golf, making 5 birdies in difficult conditions and found himself at -4 on the 16th tee and dropped 2 shots in the last 3 holes to finish with a score of 70 (-2).
Jason Day went out in 31, kept his round solid through Amen Corner and then dropped 5 shots from 15 through 17 finishing at level par with a score of 72.
Adam Scott shot 76 and Rickie Fowler shot 80, adding: “Golf is tough” and that is so true of Augusta.
Louis Oosthuizen finished at level par and Martin Kaymer is at +2.
Ernie Els a seasoned Masters campaigner had a disastrous start six-putting the first to take 9, and finished with a score of 80.
An interesting start with that Green Jacket and so much more to play for over the next 3 days, weather permitting, so much more great golf to come.