Abril 20, 2018

Round 1 of the Masters at a glance

07 Abril 2018, 02:17 | Gerardo Tarin

Round 1 of the Masters at a glance

Adam Hadwin

Winds will lessen in the morning and temperatures will warm up into the mid-60s F (17-20 C), which could give an advantage to those with later tee times on Thursday, allowing them to play in calmer winds and more comfortable conditions. Finau, a 28-year-old from Utah whose most significant victory to date was the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, was on his way to making himself the central story line of the first round before Spieth's fireworks.

He has some catching up to do.

Spieth eagled the eighth and fired five birdies in succession on the back nine to card an opening 66 and finish two shots ahead of Finau and Matt Kuchar.

In comparison, Tiger Woods - who struggled to an opening 73 in his first competitive round at Augusta National since 2015 - has led nine times in 79 rounds. "It's about riding momentum from last week and this round". He felt he played better than he scored.

Poulter, 42, who won in Houston last week to secure his place in the event, double bogeyed the 11th before mixing three birdies with three bogeys over the final six holes for a round of 75.

"By the end of the week, this will be a pretty packed leader board the way the golf course is set up", Woods said.

After all he's been through - the surgeries, the personal troubles, the lingering doubts that he'd ever be able to compete again for major championships - just being out on the course, once again at the center of the golf universe, made him feel like a victor.

The Spaniard had five shots roll into the water at the par-3 hole, leading to a 13 that matched the highest score in Masters history.

The best comeback? That might now belong to Finau.

The 24-year-old past Masters champion and three-time major victor singed the course Thursday afternoon, reeling off five straight birdies on the back nine to take a two-shot lead over fellow Americans Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar. Finau rolled his left ankle - and badly. I was very excited to hear at seven this morning that nothing was broken and I could play.

"This is a moment I have dreamt of my whole life".

Every golfer is trying to find the bottom of the cup - just not one containing beer. "I looked forward to this week for a really long time, and to see the possibility of that slipping away". Spieth was among 10 players who broke 70 - a list that included Rory McIlroy - on a warm, sunny day with a moderate breeze that looked ideal for scoring. After finally getting one ball to remain on the green, he did manage to one-putt for a 13, the highest score ever on the Par 5, by two strokes.

Everything should be clear, though cold, for the ceremonial first tee shots at 8:15 a.m. Temperatures will be around 42 F (5 C) but winds near 10 miles per hour will make it feel like it is in the 30s. Among them include Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods.

Feeling pretty comfortable in his first major start since the 2015 PGA, Woods got off to a decent start that had him 1-under after a birdie on No. 3. He also birdied the par-3 12 with a smooth 9-iron to 7 feet and "stole one" for birdie at the par-4 14 by draining a 35-footer.

Woods almost drove the green at the par-4 No. 3, pitched to about 10 feet and made the putt to set off a huge "Tiger Roar". He made bogey from the bunker on No.4. He wasted flawless drives on the par-5 second and eighth holes leading to disappointing pars and kept finding himself scrambling from bunkers or behind mounds with a slew of downhill putts that refused to fall.

As the only one of golf's four majors to be played at the same venue every year, Augusta has built up myriad memories over the years. He has been away from golf for much of the last few years because of his four back surgeries. Tournament officials will be keeping an eye on any thunderstorm development, and a stoppage of play is again a likelihood.

"You've got millions and millions of girls and women playing sports in this country and they're not going to the game of golf and the hope here is to bring some of them back to playing golf".

"I think on my good day I've got a good chance of beating him".

The 54-hole, stroke play tournament will feature an global field of 72 players.

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