Spieth back in comfort zone at Masters

  • Spieth back in comfort zone at Masters

Spieth back in comfort zone at Masters

And, of course, there was Tiger Woods, grinding through his first competitive round at Augusta National since 2015.

Jordan Spieth, a three-time major champion and green jacket victor in 2015, leads the star-studded field with a score of 6-under par. He drove into the trees at the last but a sublime chip ensured only one dropped shot.

"I didn't sleep very much on Wednesday night but from that point to where I stand today is nothing short of a miracle", he said.

He also knows it could have been worse, especially after dumping a 9-iron into Rae's Creek on the par-3 12th hole and having to make a 15-foot putt for bogey and avoid falling to 4-over par.

But the biggest story of the round was Garcia.

Spieth took only 10 putts on the back nine Thursday at Augusta National, including five straight birdies.

"I'll always have demons out here, but I'll always have a tremendous amount of confidence", Spieth said.

"It's the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot", said Garcia.

"I felt like the ball was going to stop and unfortunately for whatever reason it didn't want to", Garcia said.

Whilst gracing the hallowed fairways of Augusta National, one of the most revered golf courses in the world, Singh will proudly represent his home country and the golf course he designed when he wears a Natadola Bay Championship Golf course hat. "So it's just unfortunate, but that's what it is".

However, the opening round belonged to three-time major champion Spieth, who will be favoured to add a fourth this weekend. Ghim qualified for the Masters by finishing second in the U.S. Amateur last summer.

Of all the shots Marc Leishman hit in the opening round at the Masters, his third one at No. 15 will stand out - for all the wrong reasons.

Stenson only arrived on Tuesday afternoon and played a total of 13 holes in practice, but broke 70 on the opening day for the first time with a three-under-par 69.

"I could have easily let the round slip away from me, but I got it back and I'm right back in this tournament", Woods said.

Former Masters champion Tiger Woods is one over par after a mixed fortune 73. It's such a hard golf course to play catch up on.

McIlroy needs to win the Masters here to complete a career Grand Slam and he's looking in the groove. The finish particularly pleased him after he had wound up left of the par-4 18th in three.

Race to Dubai victor Fleetwood birdied two par fives but was two over when he had a seven-foot eagle chance at the 15th.

McIlroy hit just one bogey in his round and this was key as his back nine was a grind which saw him save a series of pars.

World number 13 Paul Casey, victor of the Valspar Championship last month, had problems on the greens and was three over after seven, before finishing with a 74, the same score as fellow Englishman and world number 17 Tyrell Hatton.

And, finally, a one-putt from 10 feet for a 13 on No. 15 that sent golf writers scurrying to the internet to find out what to call it.

When the day began, Tony Finau was not sure he would be cleared to tee off in the first round of the Masters, due to an ankle injury.

He described his eagle at No.8 as a "bonus" and said he had "perfect" numbers for his approach on 15 and tee-shot on 16, the latter seeing him turn his back on the ball mid-air.