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The first day of the US Masters as it happened

Carl O'Malley Thu, Apr 11
 
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  • 15:09
    They're underway at the 2013 Masters and you can almost smell the azaleas. Not surprising, really, this is their time to shine, spring in the northern hemisphere.

    In Chinese culture, the flowering shrub comprising two of the eight subgenera of the genus Rhododendron, is known as "thinking of home bush" (siangish shu) but our thoughts are further afield, in Georgia to be precise, and just in case you forget that at any stage of the weekend, Sky Sports will be reminding you at every ad break with a snippet from Ray Charles's Georgia On My Mind. Oh, his dulcet tones sound nice now but wait until all your bets have missed the cut and you're putting your foot through TV on Saturday evening.
  • 15:14
    With an uncanny sense of timing, for those of us hellbent on punning the bejaysus out of this opening day, England's Justin Rose has taken the early lead with birdies at the first and second. He has since been joined by Brandt Snedeker but there are no blooming puns for a name like that.
  • 15:15
  • 15:19
    These updates, you understand, are being cobbled together through the magic of t'internet because we have to wait until seven before we are actually allowed see any live play. By that time, Carl Petterson, the burly Swede who has just returned to two under and the aforementioned duo will probably be nowhere to be seen, pon the course or the leaderboard.
  • 15:20
    For that reason, we'll be retweeting Philip Reid a lot. The IT golf corr is on the ground in Georgia! and he knows his onions.
  • 15:20
  • 15:22
  • 15:26
    This would be really dull if I was to do this on my own, by the way, so feel free to have your say via the comment box or Tweet me up @carlomalley . Who, for instance, have you backed. Old eagle-eyed Jim Furyk is my each-wayer at 70/1


  • 15:26
  • 15:32
    In case you have ben foolish enough to ignore Philip's fine coverage up until now, here's a taste of what he had in today's paper. Amen to that
  • 15:35
  • 15:38
    That's the spirit, David. Johnson's got a chance alright. 28/1 says as much.
  • 15:39
    Larry Is Ben Curtis worth a punt at 300/1 ? I heard a plays a good long ball which is ideal for Augusta
  • 15:39
    You drive for show, putt for dough, Larry.
  • 15:41
  • 15:46
    Good ol' Bo. The man who could have won the par three last night but for superstition taking hold and prompting him to allow his kids putt out the final hole. 

    The same man who shot a 64 in the final round last year that included a hole-in-one. At 100/1 that sounds like an option, alright.
  • 15:49
    Barry Tiger plays well - he wins it. Each way bet: Brendt Snedeker 35/1 - great record at Augusta
  • 15:51
    Larry In that case, how's Bradley Keegan's putting ?
  • 15:53
    Keegan Bradley is 65th on the putts per round table, Larry.

    Snedeker is a good shout, Barry.
  • 15:57
    David Lynn is the man leading the way now, however, after a birdie at 9 sent him to three under. 

    That man Jim Furyk is at two under, thanks to birdies at 3 and 6, while Rose, Petterson have dropped back to one under and Snedeker! double-bogeyed 5 to plummet to level par.

    Yeah, whatever, Barry.
  • 16:02
    Graeme McDowell, the first Irishman to take to the course, is level par through three holes.

    Podge Harrington will be teeing off right about now, and Alan Dunbar (winner of the British Amateur  Championship) is due out at 4.51pm. Rory and his wonky clubs are teeing off at 6.41.
  • 16:04
    Furyk leads on his own on three under after a dropped shot from Lynn. It's gift, really, I was born with it.
  • 16:07
    At the other end, America's Nathan Smith and Welsh veteran Ian Woosnam are heading south on four over and counting.
  • 16:09
  • 16:10
    Tiger Woods has parred the first after three wood off the tee bounded 30 yards past Luke Donald's driver effort. Solid start from the favourite.
  • 16:11
    Larry Furyk dropped to 22/1 now on PP.. Doh!
  • 16:15
    We haven't mentioned defending champ Bubba Watson yet, but he had a rocky start with a bogey at the first, bouncing back nicely with a birdie at 2, though.
  • 16:16
    He's a cool guy, Bubba. Heart on his sleeve 'n' all that, but mostly because of the following video.
  • 16:16
  • 16:17
    Even if you hated golf, its patrons, azaleas and stupid trousers, you would take it up to use one of those things. As Bubba says, "who doesn't want to do that?"
  • 16:20
    Furyk to four under now, thanks to a third consecutive birdie at 8. McDowell is one under after a birdie at 5.
  • 16:20
    Harrington parred the first. Slow and steady wins the race
  • 16:23
    Handsome ol' divil Tom Watson has had a pretty ugly front nine. After a birdie at 3, he bogeyed 5,6 and nine, and double bogeyed 7. Four over.
  • 16:24
  • 16:28
    A birdie at 12 means Lynn has joined Furyk on four under.
  • 16:29
    Worried for Jim, he seems to have been on hole nine for a while now. And he's not one for admiring the azaleas.
  • 16:32
    Meanwhile, Ryo Ishikawa has moved to two under, despite a bogey at the first. Birdies at 2, 5 and 8 did it for the Japanese youngster.
  • 16:33
    MC Can you repost Bubba vid? Don't see it. (Keep up the great work!)
  • 16:34
    Flattery will get you everywhere, and I mean, Everywhere.

    Here's Bubba doing his thing for those of you on mobile
  • 16:37
    Did I mention G-Mac is back on lvel par? No? Well, he is. After a bogey on 6
  • 16:41
  • 16:49
    John Peterson (sounds made up doesn't it?) .....

    'And what's your name?'

    'Eh...John...uh..Peterson?' 

    ....is on his way to posting the clubhouse lead on two under. If he can hold it together over the last three holes, that is.
  • 16:51
    Woods, Harrington and McDowell still level par. At the other end, Ian appears a little Woosie and props 'em up on seven over through 13.
  • 16:54
    After his opening double bogey, Lee Westwood has battled back to level par with a birdie at nine. 

    Westwood was nowhere to be seen at this stage last year, if I recall, and got his act together at the weekend to challenge for the lead. He's not done yet
  • 16:56
  • 16:59
    Tiger's latest squeeze, skier Lindsey Vonn, at the first round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
    Tiger's latest squeeze, skier Lindsey Vonn, at the first round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
  • 17:02
    And with a birdie at three, Harrington moves to one under.
  • 17:04
  • 17:06
    Forgettable one for legend Tom Watson. One under through four, but a bogey at 12 has sent him to six over.
  • 17:09
  • 17:14
    Don't ask. I just thought it was something different. Plus, it looks gorgeous.
  • 17:17
    A birdie at eight means McDowell is now one one under.David Lynn, meanwhile, has improved to five under  with a birdie at 15. Furyk remains three under through 11
  • 17:20
    Respect for Woosie, who has just eagled the 15th to move to six over. Now he has company at the back, in the shape of Tom Watson and Robert Garrigus
  • 17:24
    Justin Rose and Australian Marc Leishmann have positioned themselves behind Furyk on two under. They've just been joined by Choi. You can never write off KJ.
  • 17:25
  • 17:29
    Irish 22-year-old Alan Dunbar has bogeyed the first, on the way in is John Peterson, clubhouse pacesetter at one under after a dropped shot at 17
  • 17:31
  • 17:47

    It's with great regret that I inform you of Alan Dunbar's triple bogey at 2. The youngster from Rathmore Golf Club is now four over

  • 17:49
    Ugggh, and now he's bogeyed the third. He's not the only one. Harrington has double-bogeyed the par three sixth to drop back to one over.
  • 17:53
    David Lynn, meanwhile, is four over after a bogey at 17. Still one ahead of Furyk, with Kevin Na, David Toms, Tim Clark, Westwood and Rose just one adrift of the American.
  • 18:03
  • 18:09
    Elsewhere, Tiger Woods is making his move, to two under, after a birdie at 8. He's among an seven-man group on two under, after Rose and Leishman moved to three under with a birdies at 13.
  • 18:18
    Ian Woosnam has had his fill and signs for an 80.

    Twitter is aghast at the lack of coverage so far and we have to agree. It's pretty pathetic that by the time it starts, what could well be the best round of the day will be over, Woods will almost be done, too.

    Still, less of Colin Montgomerie talking about Colin Montgomerie and that time captain Colin Montgomerie captained Colin Montgomerie's Ryder Cup heroes, sponsored by Colin Montgomerie.

    (c) Colin Montgomerie
  • 18:21
    David Lynn is home and hosed, with a four under par 68 under his belt for the clubhouse lead. Graeme McDowell, on the other hand, has double-bogeyed the 12th to drop to one over.

    LEADERBOARD 
  • 18:24
  • 18:26
    Good man, Lee Westwood, back to three under after double-bogeying the first. Three to play after a birdie at 15.

    Marc Leishman has moved to four under at the 14th.
  • 18:36
    Alan Dunbar update: He has bogeyed the fourth and the fifth, leaving himself on seven over. A day to forget so far for the 22-year-old
  • 18:37
    McDowell has got himself back to level par with a birdie at 13, but a bogey at 9 has Harrington on two over.
  • 18:42
    The 'Mac Attack' is just about to tee off, so we will have the benefit of coverage from the best (or worst) part of his round.
  • 18:45
    Bubba Watson watch: The defending champion is not having a good'un. He's two over through 10. But Tianlang Guan (14) is back to level par after a birdie at the third.
  • 18:49
    Tianlang Guan of China tees off on the second hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters at Augusta National. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
    Tianlang Guan of China tees off on the second hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters at Augusta National. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
  • 18:52
    A birdie at 15 has moved Marc Leishman of Australia  into the driving seat on fiver under.  Furyk, Rose and Choi are three under, with Westwood having just dropped back to two under thanks to a bogey at 17
  • 19:02
    McIlroy has parred the first, just as Sky open their coverage with a bloomin' azalea. Now for some twee, nostalgic muck that they have been showing all week anyhow. 

    There's golf going on, god dammit!
  • 19:07

    Leishman has moved to six under, picking up a shot at 16 where he sank a monster of a putt. He leads by two from Lynn, with Furyk still the constant on three under

  • 19:07
    In fact, that's it for Furyk, he has carded a 69 for a fine opening score.
  • 19:10
    Among the Sky Sports porchside gathering is that man Monty, flanked by evil genius Butch Harmon and the great Jack Nicklaus, whose wife Barbara, as we learned today, prepares a delectable pineapple upside down cake.
  • 19:11
    Still no live golf, we're on to Tiger Woods and pressure.  "This is an enormous weel for Tiger," says Nicklaus, whose record of 18 majors is Woods's career target. The world number one has 14 to his name.
  • 19:12
    Woods just missed a birdie putt at 12. McDowell, meanwhile, is back to one under after a birdie at the par five 15th.
  • 19:13
    Harrington remains two over through 10.
  • 19:22
    Kevin Na, Justin Rose, Tim Clark, Lee Westwood and David Toms are all safely home on two under.
  • 19:25
    Full live coverage is still  36 minutes away, according to Sky. We are seeing the delayed footage "as a bonus", so count yisserselves lucky.
  • 19:26
  • 19:35
    Tiger's on the move again. He's three under after a birdie at 13.
  • 19:36

    The boy Rory, meanwhile, has birdied the second and parred the third. One under for the world number two.

  • 19:39
    Leishman has set  the standard in the clubhouse, six under par for the Australian, a two shot lead over Lynn
  • 19:41
    40 minutes! Long than one might have suspected, but Monty has finally mentioned "my Ryder Cup" team when referencing how Sergio Garcia wasn't good enough to be in it.

    Remarkably restrained from the Scot.
  • 19:44
    Speaking of Sergio, he's three under through 6
  • 19:45
    Fred Couples, back on our screens for the first time since tearing it up at Augusta last year, is off to a good start again. Birdies at 2 and 5 have him on two under. Now, if he can just birdie 7,8,9 and 16 like he did last year, he'll be level with Leishman.
  • 19:49
    A bogey at 17 has McDowell back on level par, while after a brief flirtation with three over at 12, Harrington is back to two under after a birdie at the par three 13th.

    Defending champion Bubba Watson, though, is three over, a bogey at 14 doing the damage.
  • 19:49
    Alan Dunbar has parred the ninth!!! He stays 10 over.
  • 19:52
  • 20:01
    Woods has bogeyed the 14th and is now two under. 

    A bogey at the 18th means McDowell has finished one over for the day.
  • 20:03
  • 20:17
    Garcia with a birdie chance at the 8th, but he leaves it agonisingly short and remains on three under.

  • 20:21
    Dave You're having a nightmare with your over and under par comments! Few mix ups already..."Woods has bogeyed the 14th and is now two over." Rough 5 shot swing there with that bogey... ;)
  • 20:22

    You're right there, Dave. Thanks for sugarcoating it, in any case.

  • 20:25
    A birdie at 6 has moved McIlroy into the mix early on two under and Ricky Fowler, bedecked in runny nose green has moved to three under with an eagle at 15.
  • 20:27
    That was a lovely measured 20-footer from McIlroy at 6. Couples remains two under through 8 after leaving a birdie putt short.
  • 20:30
    Phil Mickelson, as it goes, is two over through 7, while Keegan Bradley, playing alongside McIlroy is two over after six.

  • 20:33
    After a massive drive at 7, McIlroy finds the bunker at the back of the green. Green to work with, though.
  • 20:34
    He's still left himself a 10-footer for par.  

    Garcia has gone to four under, after picking up a shot at 9.
  • 20:40
    That 10-footer was no gimme, and McIlroy is back to one under after watching his ball round the lip of the hole and stay above ground.
  • 20:41
    Defending champion Bubba Watson was three over teeing off at 18 and has left himself a very long par putt
  • 20:43
    ....but he sinks it for a 75. Not how he wanted to the open the defence of his crown, but Bubba'll bounce back.

    Garcia, four under after nine, still looking the biggest threat to Leishman.
  • 20:43
    Though Dustin Johnson is three under at the turn as well.
  • 20:46
    Jason Day, Zach Johnson (69), and Gonzalo Fernandez Castano are also three under.
  • 20:46
    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland after sinking a birdie putt on the second green. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland after sinking a birdie putt on the second green. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
  • 20:48
    Garcia will have another birdie putt at 10 after a glorious approach shot that didn't get the kick off the down slope it deserved
  • 20:50
    Martin Kaymer has tuned it around at 8 with an eagle to lie one under.
  • 20:54
    Garcia has holed that birdie putt to move to five under, one off Leishman's lead, but can he keep it up?
  • 20:54
    Graeme McDowell of Northen Ireland hits his approach to the first green at the Augusta National Golf Club. PhotographL Mike Segar/Reuters
    Graeme McDowell of Northen Ireland hits his approach to the first green at the Augusta National Golf Club. PhotographL Mike Segar/Reuters
  • 20:56
    McIlroy has bounced back from his bogey at 7, with an enormous tee shot and cracking iron at 8 leaving him with a 20-foot eagle putt.
  • 20:57
    A six at the par four 17th has left Pádraig Harrington on five over.
  • 20:59
    After a run of four straight pars, Alan Dunbar has dropped to 11 over at the 13th.
  • 21:01
    Well, we were told that was an eagle putt for McIlroy, but it was for a birdie and then he went and missed it, so, nothing to see hear. Still one under.
  • 21:02
    Tiger Woods is in the clubhouse signing for a 70. Solid start from the favourite, ominous for the field.
  • 21:05
    Freddie Couples moves to three under with a birdie at 10.
  • 21:14
    Rickie Fowler carded two double-bogeys, just like Harrington, and has finished on four under after a 68.
  • 21:15

    Harrington bogeyed the last to leave himself in real trouble on six over.

  • 21:23

    Rory has birdied the ninth to move to two under and Garcia has just missed a putt at the 12th to tie the lead. 

  • 21:31
    Dunbar has climbed back to 10 over with his first birdie of the day at the par five 15th.
  • 21:42
    'The Big Easy' Ernie Els eagled the 15th to move to one under and has just left himself with a makeable birdie putt at the par three 16th.

    Meanwhile, Gonzalo Fernandez Castano is five under alongside Garcia, but the latter has an eagle putt at the 13th.

    Matt Kuchar has move to three under with birdies at 7, 8 and 9.
  • 21:43
  • 21:44
    2008 winner Trevor Immelmann has picked up the pace on the back nine and moved to three under with two to play.
  • 21:45
    A bogey at 10 means Rory McIlroy has dropped back to one under. It's going to be one of those rounds.
  • 21:53
    Missed birdie putt from McIlroy at the 11th as Mickelson birdies 11 to move back to one over.
  • 21:54
    An update on Tianlang Guan:  He's still 14 but is two over through 15.
  • 21:55
    His playing partner Matteo Manaserro has eagled 15 to move to two over.
  • 21:59
    McIlroy finds the centre of the green at 12 to leave himself a rather large birdie putt. It's not been the worst round from the world number two but you get the impression he's not very happy out there.
  • 22:01
    Good man, David Buckley (tipster from earlier in the day), Dustin Johnson has moved to five under with an eagle at the 13th
  • 22:04
    Couples moves to minus four with a birdie at 13.  Garcia misses a birdie chance at 14. The Spaniard is still five under, one ahead of his compatriot Fernandez-Castano, who bogeyed the last
  • 22:06
    McIlroy has three-putted the 12th green and a bogey there drops him back to level par.
  • 22:09
    Defending champion Bubba Watson on the 18th during the first round of the 2013 Masters. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
    Defending champion Bubba Watson on the 18th during the first round of the 2013 Masters. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
  • 22:11
    Rathmore's 22-year-old Alan Dunbar props them all up on 11 over after a round of 83. Not the debut he would have wished for but it was always a big ask. And he's in good company, with Nick Watney and Harrington not far off on six over.
  • 22:14
     Amateur Alan Dunbar of Northern Ireland walks to the second green at Augusta National. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images
    Amateur Alan Dunbar of Northern Ireland walks to the second green at Augusta National. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images
  • 22:25

    Sergio Garcia has joined Marc Leishman on six under with a birdie at 15, leaving him three holes to claim the clubhouse lead for himself.

  • 22:28
    McIlroy's second to the par 5 13th has left him beyond the green on a nasty little downhill lie in some fo the thick stuff. Still, has three to get it down in par.
  • 22:30
    Ben Crenshaw, who holed in one during the par three comp yesterday, will have a birdie putt at the last to move to eight over.
  • 22:34
    Wayhay!  A birdie at the 18th for the 14-year-old Tianlang Guan means he signs for a 73 on the day he became the youngster ever to tee it up at Augusta.
  • 22:35
    His playing partner Ben Crenshaw made that birdie putt and finishes three ahead of Dunbar on eight over.
  • 22:36
    At 15, Dustin Johnson moves to six under to join Garcia and Leishman.
  • 22:37
    Manaserro bogeys the last to finish on three over, meaning Guan won his three ball with the Italian and Crenshaw.
  • 22:40
    McIlroy, not that I've seen it yet, appears to have negotiated that sticky situation at 13 and moved back to one under with a birdie.
  • 22:50
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  • 22:53
    He might be even par in a second, having left himself a tricky one on the way back at 14.
  • 22:56
    And McIlroy has missed it. He's struggling out there, back on level par, with 4 to play.
  • 23:01
    A birdie at 15 sees Mickelson move to one under. He was two over through 11.

    But it's that man Fred Couples finishing with a real flourish, thanks to birdie at 17 that sees him safely to five under.
  • 23:02
    Matt Kuchar has also moved to five under with his fifth birdie in five holes.
  • 23:06
    Spare a thought for those residents of Augusta, who just aren't that into golf.
  • 23:06
  • 23:11
    Garcia safely in the clubhouse on six under after a 66. Great round for the Spaniard. His playing partners Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera shot 69 and 71 respectively.
  • 23:13
    McIlroy, not that you'd know it from the coverage, has birdied the 15th to move back to one under.
  • 23:19
    Dustin Johnson rounds off a five under par 67 with a par at the last.
  • 23:23
    A par at 16 for McIlroy means he remains one under. Mickelson is two under after a birdie at the same hole.
  • 23:33
    Rory's rattled a birdie putt past the hole at 17. Badly overhit by the Irishman and he'll have a tricky one on the way back.
  • 23:34
    And so it proves, as he drops back to level par with his fourth bogey on the back nine. Still one hole to go.
  • 23:40
    Mickelson finishes with a 71, thanks to a bogey at 17, but that was quite the recovery after a disappointing front nine. Still well in it, is Lefty.
  • 23:45
    Beautiful second shot from McIlroy sets up another birdie putt at 18. There has been very little wrong with his game - tee to green - it's the putting that has cost him a good round today.
  • 23:50

    McIlroy lining what is hopefully his last putt up from 20 feet, but it's the same again, another missed opportuntity. He saves par for a level par round of 72. 

  • 23:52
    Keegan Bradley also saves par to finish on one over, with Freddie Jacobsen level par after his 72.

    Steady Freddie barely put a foot wrong 
  • 23:53
  • 00:15
    That's it for tonight. Thanks for joining us, folks. Join John O'Sullivan tomorrow for coverage of the second round.

     Meanwhile, here's Philip Reid's wrap of Day One 
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