The Masters R1

Paul Casey leading as play suspended

November 12-15
Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
$11,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Paul Casey got off to a good start with an opening round 65 on Thursday, firing an eagle on the second hole and five birdies in his 66th bid for a maiden Major Championhsip.


“So many people like myself are just excited to play this,” said Casey. “This is a treat. It always has been and always will be a real treat. I know there’s no patrons out there but it’s a golf course I love to play, the chance to play it in 2020 in a very different situation was something I was looking forward to, and I’ve put together a great round of golf today.

“I’ve been hitting it so bad recently so I’ve genuinely worked really hard the last few weeks – and the last two weeks were no exception.”



Casey and others who started in the morning benefitted from soft greens after play had to be suspended for nearly three hours due to rain. As a result of the delay, more than 40 players had yet to finish their rounds when play was stopped due to insufficient daylight and will have to finish on Friday.

“It’s a very different golf course right now with a little bit of Bermuda grass in there and obviously the soft conditions but experience is still experience around Augusta National,” said Casey.


He holds a two-shot lead over Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele. Justin Thomas was also at 5-under with eight holes left when play stopped.

Lee Westwood’s 4-under was his best start at Augusta National since 2012 and he was tied in fifth place when play was halted.

“I tend to play well when I play a lot, and I’ve played a lot more than I normally would recently. I’m the kind of player that plays his way into form and I’ve just been playing consistently well, but just not really putting four rounds together and finishing it off really.”




Pos.
Player
Thru
To Par
R1
1
Paul Casey
F
-7
65
T2
Xander Schauffele
F
-5
67
T2
Webb Simpson
F
-5
67
T2
Justin Thomas
10
-5
T5
Dylan Frittelli
9
-4
T5
Hideki Matsuyama
F
-4
68
T5
Lee Westwood
F
-4
68
T5
Louis Oosthuizen
F
-4
68
T5
Patrick Reed
F
-4
68
T5
Tiger Woods
F
-4
68
T5
Matthew Wolff
11
-4
T5
Adam Scott
10
-4
T13
Rickie Fowler
11
-3
T13
Matt Wallace
F
-3
69
T13
Tony Finau
F
-3
69
T13
Jon Rahm
F
-3
69
T13
Jazz Janewattananond
F
-3
69
T13
Justin Rose
9
-3
T13
Bernhard Langer
10
-3
T13
Dustin Johnson
9
-3
T21
Patrick Cantlay
9
-2
T21
Max Homa
9
-2
T21
Cameron Champ
9
-2
T21
Sungjae Im
7
-2
T21
Larry Mize
F
-2
70
T21
Marc Leishman
F
-2
70
T21
Cheng Tsung Pan
F
-2
70
T21
Bryson DeChambeau
F
-2
70
T21
Matt Kuchar
F
-2
70
T21
Jason Day
F
-2
70
T21
Si Woo Kim
F
-2
70
T21
Sebastián Muñoz
12
-2
T21
Bernd Wiesberger
11
-2
T34
Tommy Fleetwood
11
-1
T34
Tyrrell Hatton
10
-1
T34
Phil Mickelson
11
-1
T34
John Augenstein (a)
12
-1
T34
Nick Taylor
13
-1
T34
Erik van Rooyen
13
-1
T34
Mike Weir
F
-1
71
T34
Scottie Scheffler
F
-1
71
T34
Jason Kokrak
F
-1
71
T34
Henrik Stenson
F
-1
71
T34
Jimmy Walker
F
-1
71
T34
Brandt Snedeker
F
-1
71
T34
Charles Howell III
F
-1
71
T34
Kevin Kisner
F
-1
71
T34
Victor Perez
7
-1
T34
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
10
-1
T34
Billy Horschel
11
-1
T51
Cameron Smith
10
E
T51
Rory McIlroy
9
E
T51
J.T. Poston
10
E
T51
Zach Johnson
9
E
T51
Gary Woodland
F
E
72
T51
Ian Poulter
F
E
72
T51
Graeme McDowell
F
E
72
T51
Danny Willett
11
E
T51
Chez Reavie
12
E
T51
Abraham Ancer
11
E
T51
Byeong Hun An
12
E
T51
Francesco Molinari
10
E
T51
Collin Morikawa
10
E
T64
Bubba Watson
11
1
T64
Shugo Imahira
13
1
T64
Rafa Cabrera Bello
F
1
73
T64
Andy Ogletree (a)
F
1
73
T64
Kevin Na
F
1
73
T64
Charl Schwartzel
F
1
73
T64
Matthew Fitzpatrick
10
1
T64
Andrew Putnam
8
1
T72
Brendon Todd
7
2
T72
Brooks Koepka
10
2
T72
Fred Couples
9
2
T72
José María Olazábal
8
2
T72
Shane Lowry
F
2
74
T72
Adam Hadwin
F
2
74
T72
Corey Conners
F
2
74
T72
Lanto Griffin
F
2
74
T72
Jordan Spieth
F
2
74
T72
Justin Harding
13
2
T82
Nate Lashley
F
3
75
T82
Sung Kang
12
3
T82
Vijay Singh
F
3
75
T85
Lukas Michel (a)
F
4
76
T85
James Sugrue (a)
9
4
T87
Lucas Glover
F
5
77
T87
Tyler Duncan
F
5
77
T89
Sandy Lyle
F
6
78
T89
Andrew Landry
F
6
78
T91
Yuxin Lin (a)
F
7
79
T91
Abel Gallegos (a)
F
7
79