In the lead up to Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club there has been a very odd feeling. Tiger showing up on Monday? Tiger and Phil playing a practice round? Sergio hosting the champions dinner? Jack Nicklaus’ grandson making a hole in one in the Par 3 tournament? Tom Watson, at age 68, winning the Par 3 Tournament?
Thursday is here and all of the lead up to most golfers favorite event is here. Now that round one is in the books here is a recap and breakdown of where things stand.
The one guy in the field who had the chance to repeat, Sergio Garcia, saw those very chances get rinsed away on the 13th hole when he hit 4 golf balls in the water on the 15th hole and made a 13, tying for the highest score ever recorded in The Masters. He finished the day at +9 and needs a miracle to even play the weekend.
Tiger Woods round of +1 was the worst score he should have shot. He didn’t take advantage of the par 5’s at all and really hit some good shots but never really gave himself a lot of chances to make some birdies.
My pick, Bubba Watson, tied Tiger at +1, not playing his way out of it but it does leave him with some work to do to get back up the leaderboard on Friday.
Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler both stand at -2, while Rory McIlroy played a great round of -3. Justin Thomas finished the day at +2 and will need to do some to catch the leader after round 1.
The lead after round one belonged to a very familiar name at the top of the leaderboard. Jordan Spieth kick started his round with an eagle on the par 5 8th and then made 5 birdies on the back 9. After a bogey on 18 he finished at -6 two shots clear of Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar.
Dads Say So, Jordan Spieth has tied Tiger for the most rounds as a leader with 9! Over the last few years it seems as if we have grown accustom to seeing his name at the top of the board. Of the 87 players in the field only 20 of them broke par so Spieth’s round was really that special. I do want to tip my hat to Tony Finau. After dislocating his ankle yesterday, to be 2 shots out of the lead was really impressive. With round 1 in the books I can’t wait to see what happens on Friday. Until then I will go back to watching the replay on ESPN tonight!