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The Masters 2018 - Day 1

Spieth takes lead, Garcia sinks & Woods over-par

April 05, 2018

Jordan Spieth has taken the Masters lead with five straight birdies beginning at the 13th with only 10 putts on the back 9 on the way to a 6-under 66. A career-best in the majors for Spieth. He could have moved further ahead but a wild tee shot into the tress on No.18 ended with a bogey.

Spieth has had the lead in 8 of his last 13 rounds at the Masters. He has played 17 rounds in his Masters career and this was the sixth time he's shot in the 60s.

"I think this golf course is a lot easier to play if you feel like you can just hit the center of the greens and move from there and wait for your chances," said Spieth. "If you get off to a good start, you're in control of your own fate, versus needing a little bit of help."

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Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar are two strokes behind after shooting 68s. McIlroy posted his second-best score in the opening round in 10 Masters appearances after opening with a 65 in 2011 when he finished with a final-round 80. McIlroy needs only a victory at Augusta National to become just the sixth players to complete the career Grand Slam.

'This is my best start in a few years" McIlroy said. "It's such a hard golf course to play catch up on. If you start to chase it around here, that's when you start to make mistakes. But to be right up there and have the ability to stay patient, because of the position I'm in, that's a nice luxury I have over the next few days.''

2017 champion Sergio Garcia matched the worst one-hole score in Masters history with a 13 on the par-5 15th where five balls went straight into the water.

"I don't know what to tell you. It's one of those things," Garcia said. "It's the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot. Simple as that."

"I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn't want to stop. So it's just unfortunate, but that's what it is."

Tiger Woods, back at the Masters for the first time since 2015, shot a 73, seven shots off the lead.

"It has been awesome this entire comeback," said Woods, 42. "I got a standing ovation on the range. Coming up to the first tee, the people come out of the clubhouse and the putting green. They're really into it."

R1 Scores

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Jordan Spieth
USA
-6
66
T2
Matt Kuchar
USA
-4
68
T2
Tony Finau
USA
-4
68
T4
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-3
69
T4
Charley Hoffman
USA
-3
69
T4
Haotong Li
CHN
-3
69
T4
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-3
69
T4
Patrick Reed
USA
-3
69
T4
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
69
T4
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-3
69
T11
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-2
70
T11
Marc Leishman
AUS
-2
70
T11
Phil Mickelson
USA
-2
70
T11
Rickie Fowler
USA
-2
70
T11
Zach Johnson
USA
-2
70
T16
Cameron Smith
AUS
-1
71
T16
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-1
71
T16
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-1
71
T16
Vijay Singh
FIJ
-1
71
T16
Xander Schauffele
USA
-1
71
T21
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
72
T21
Doug Ghim
Par
72
T21
Francesco Molinari
ITA
Par
72
T21
Fred Couples
USA
Par
72
T21
Justin Rose
ENG
Par
72
T21
Kevin Kisner
USA
Par
72
T21
Kyle Stanley
USA
Par
72
T21
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
Par
72
T29
Branden Grace
RSA
1
73
T29
Brian Harman
USA
1
73
T29
Bubba Watson
USA
1
73
T29
Daniel Berger
USA
1
73
T29
Dustin Johnson
USA
1
73
T29
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
1
73
T29
Jason Dufner
USA
1
73
T29
Jimmy Walker
USA
1
73
T29
Pat Perez
USA
1
73
T29
Russell Henley
USA
1
73
T29
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
1
73
T29
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
73
T29
Tiger Woods
USA
1
73
T42
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
74
T42
Austin Cook
USA
2
74
T42
Bernhard Langer
GER
2
74
T42
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
2
74
T42
Ian Poulter
ENG
2
74
T42
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
2
74
T42
Justin Thomas
USA
2
74
T42
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
74
T42
Paul Casey
ENG
2
74
T42
Ryan Moore
USA
2
74
T42
Sandy Lyle
SCO
2
74
T42
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
2
74
T42
Wesley Bryan
USA
2
74
T55
Adam Scott
AUS
3
75
T55
Danny Willett
ENG
3
75
T55
Jason Day
AUS
3
75
T55
Jon Rahm
ESP
3
75
T55
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
3
75
T55
Patrick Cantlay
USA
3
75
T55
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
3
75
T62
Angel Cabrera
ARG
4
76
T62
Billy Horschel
USA
4
76
T62
Brendan Steele
USA
4
76
T62
Chez Reavie
USA
4
76
T62
Doc Redman
USA
4
76
T62
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
4
76
T62
Larry Mize
USA
4
76
T62
Mike Weir
CAN
4
76
T62
Patton Kizzire
USA
4
76
T62
Webb Simpson
USA
4
76
T62
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
4
76
T73
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
5
77
T73
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
5
77
T73
Kevin Chappell
USA
5
77
T73
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
5
77
T73
Yusaku Miyazato
5
77
T78
Gary Woodland
USA
6
78
T78
Mark O'Meara
USA
6
78
T78
Ross Fisher
ENG
6
78
T78
Trevor Immelman
RSA
6
78
T82
Ian Woosnam
WAL
7
79
T82
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
7
79
T82
Yuxin Lin
CHN
7
79
T85
Matt Parziale
9
81
T85
Sergio Garcia
ESP
9
81
87
Harry Ellis
14
86

 




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