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The Masters: Round 1

With a win and two-runners up places in his last 3 PGA Tour events, 21 year old Jordan Spieth (US) continues his fine form as he leads by 3 at Augusta National.

Doing it in style.

If you’re going to make history by becoming the youngest player to hold the 18-hole lead at the Masters, you might as well do it in style, and boy, did Spieth do that! Carding his highest number of birdies in a major (9) the tournament course record of 63 looked to be in danger as the youngster made it through the first 14 holes in 8-under par. Flawless until then, a bogey on the par 5 15th was the only blemish on his scorecard which he counteracted by making birdie on the last.

Hells Bells, it’s Ernie Els!

Ernie Els provided a blast from the past by firing a 5-under 67 to position him in a four-way tie for second. The Big Easy’s round included five birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on Spieth’s bogey hole – the 15th.  Sharing the tie are, Jason Day (Aus), Charley Hoffman (US), and Justin Rose (Eng).

Rounding out the top 11:

Sergio Garcia (Spa) and Russell Henley (US) shot rounds of 68 to tie for 6th whilst England’s Paul Casey shares a tie for eighth with Americans Bill HaasWebb Simpson and Ryan Palmer who complete the 11 players breaking 70.

The Mac hasn’t attacked…yet!

World Number 1 Rory McIlroy may be leading the stats for the tournaments longest drive but that’s not the stat you want to be leading – or is it? as he trails by 7 in what he described as a “solid” opening round of 1-under to put him in a tie for 18th. Interestingly, only once in the last 30 years has the winner of the Masters been in the top spot after the first 18 holes (Trevor Immelman T-1, 2008) so perhaps McIlroy’s reigning himself in? In the grand scheme of things what would you prefer, a ‘solid’ first round or a ‘spectacular’ first round, I know which I’d pick!

“Tiger, you dumbass”

4-time Masters Champion Tiger Woods spent more time prowling in the woods than he would have liked after shooting a 1-over par 73 to position him in a 13-way tie for 41st. Wayward at times, his long game got him into trouble but thankfully he seems to have moved on from his chipping woes as his sensational short game came to the rescue.

Ones to watch:

  • Bubba Watson (US) – The defending champion got off to a solid start and is tied 18th at 1-under par.
  • Adam Scott (Aus) – The 2013 champion has a good record around Augusta National with 1 win and 4 top-10 finishes in 13 starts. He currently sits tied 31st after shooting level par.
  • Phil Mickelson (US) – Three time champion Phil Mickelson has 14 top-10 finishes and has positioned himself on the leader board nicely in a tie for 12th.

Last but not least…

  • Tom Watson (US)65-year-old American Tom Watson made his 42nd Masters appearance and in doing so made history by becoming the oldest player in Masters history to break par. A first round score of 1-under sees the two-time Masters Champion tied with the likes of Bubba Watson and World Number One Rory McIlroy in 18th. The phrase “there’s life in the old dog yet” springs to mind.

Join us tomorrow to catch up with the latest news from Round 2 of The Masters.

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The Masters: Round 3

...Justin Rose shot a third round 67 to equal his best of the tournament and move him up into second place, just 4 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth...

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