US Masters: Day One

Rory McIlroy is on course while Tiger Woods has signed for a 73

Johnny Watterson (now), John O'Sullivan (earlier) Fri, Apr 6
 
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  • 13:59

    Hello and welcome to the Irish Times Golf Blog that will chart the action from the four days of the US Masters at Augusta National. John O’Sullivan here in the dew sweeper role on the first day and I’ll be keeping you informed and hopefully entertained until mid-afternoon when the big hitting Johnny Watterson gets to loosen his shoulders and give the keyboard a hammering.

    This is an interactive forum so please get in touch with any queries and we’ll do our best to answer them. If you want to know how a certain player is doing, we’re here to help out.

  • 14:01

    If the main event is half as watchable as Wednesday’s Par 3 contest then were in for a rollicking tournament, in the first Major in the golfing calendar. Among the highlights from the Par 3 included several holes-in-one including the 15-year-old grandson, Gary Nicklaus Jnr of six times Masters’ winner Jack Nickalus. The Golden Bear’s reaction spoke volumes for the pure joy he got from his grandson’s achievement.

    He subsequently tweeted: “With all due respect to @themasters, allow me to put my 6 Green Jackets in the closet for a moment and say that I don’t know if I have had a more special day on a golf course. To have your grandson make his first hole-in-one on this stage.... WOW!

  • 14:07

    Nicklaus has 22 grandchildren and is in the throes of trying to allow all of them to caddie for him in the fun event.

    Another player who had a hole-in-one Tony Finau, found it an altogether more painful experience, as in jumping around in his celebrations, he rolled and apparentlydislocated his ankle, which he managed to pop back in, and he’s expected to tee it up in the first round.

    Tom Watson, 68, proved the adage that class is permanent by claiming the crown with an impressive six under par total, and in doing so became the oldest player to win the Par 3 contest, eclipsing the honour previously held by Slammin’ Sammy Snead (61) in 1974.  
  • 14:09

    But enough of the preamble, let’s get down to the serious business. So who will succeed Sergio Garcia and become the 2018 US Masters champion, assuming that the Spaniard having broken his duck in Majors last year at Augusta doesn’t retain his title.

    The short answer is plenty as a plethora of the world’s top golfers are in-form, having already won this season. Justin Thomas and two-time former Masters champion Bubba Watson have won twice already this season, world number one Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy have also claimed US PGA Tour titles.

    Then there’s the four-time Masters champion, Tiger Woods, fit and healthy for the first time in a few years; he’s shown plenty of game as they’d say this season.

  • 14:10

    Nicklaus (10th year) and Gary Player (8) reprised their role as honorary starters, hitting a ceremonial tee shot, before the tournament began in earnest with the 8.30am local time threeball of Austin Cook, Ted Potter Jnr and Wesley Bryan.

  • 14:10
  • 14:11
    The latest update on Finau is that following an MRI scan on his ankle he has been cleared to play. Bet he's secretly hoping he doesn't have another hole-in-one.  
  • 14:11
    Here are the tee times so you know who's off when.  
  • 14:12

    The Masters: Round one tee times (all times, Irish)

    Group 1, 1:30 PM
    Austin Cook
    Ted Potter Jr.
    Wesley Bryan

    Group 2, 1:41
    Ian Woosnam
    Ryan Moore
    Jhonattan Vegas

    Group 3, 1:52  
    Mike Weir
    Brendan Steele
    Matt Parziale (A)

    Group 4, 2:03  
    Jose Maria Olazabal
    Kevin Chappell
    Dylan Frittelli

    Group 5, 2:14  
    Bryson DeChambeau
    Bernd Wiesberger
    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Group 6, 2:25  
    Mark O’Meara
    Brian Harman
    Harry Ellis (A)

    Group 7, 2:36  
    Vijay Singh
    Satoshi Kodaira
    Daniel Berger

    Group 8, 2:47  
    Kiradech Aphibarnrat
    Pat Perez
    Francesco Molinari

    Group 9, 2:58
    Danny Willett
    Kyle Stanley
    Jason Dufner

    Group 10, 3:09  
    Hideki Matsuyama
    Patton Kizzire
    Paul Casey

    Group 11, 3:31  
    Zach Johnson
    Martin Kaymer
    Branden Grace

    Group 12, 3:42  
    Tiger Woods
    Marc Leishman
    Tommy Fleetwood

    Group 13, 3:53  
    Sergio Garcia
    Justin Thomas
    Doc Redman (A)

    Group 14, 4:04  
    Bubba Watson
    Henrik Stenson
    Jason Day

    Group 15, 4:15  
    Patrick Reed
    Charley Hoffman
    Adam Hadwin

    Group 16, 4:26  
    Billy Horschel
    Chez Reavie
    Cameron Smith

    Group 17, 4:37

    Sandy Lyle
    Si Woo Kim
    Doug Ghim (A)

    Group 18, 4:48  
    Trevor Immelman
    Ian Poulter
    Patrick Cantlay

    Group 19, 4:59  
    Angel Cabrera
    Ross Fisher
    Jimmy Walker

    Group 20, 5:10  

    Fred Couples
    Haotong Li
    Joaquin Niemann (A)

    Group 21, 5:32  
    Larry Mize
    Russell Henley
    Shubhankar Sharma

    Group 22, 5:43  
    Bernhard Langer
    Tony Finau
    Yuta Ikeda

    Group 23, 5:54  
    Charl Schwartzel
    Webb Simpson
    Yuxin Lin (A)

    Group 24, 6:05  

    Kevin Kisner
    Thomas Pieters
    Xander Schauffele

    Group 25, 6:16  
    Gary Woodland
    Yusaku Miyazato
    Tyrrell Hatton

    Group 26, 6:27  
    Phil Mickelson
    Rickie Fowler
    Matt Kuchar

    Group 27, 6:38  
    Adam Scott
    Rory McIlroy
    Jon Rahm

    Group 28, 6:49  
    Jordan Spieth
    Alex Noren
    Louis Oosthuizen

    Group 29, 7:00  
    Justin Rose
    Dustin Johnson
    Rafael Cabrero-Bello

     

  • 14:16
    Austin Cook had the honour of recording the first birdie of the 2018 US Masters, holing a 14-footer at the first to move to one under but the American Ryan Moore (-2), has gone one better in the sense that he's birdied the first two holes.    
  • 14:17
    Okay, for those hardcore aficionados, here are the pin positions for the first round.  
  • 14:17
  • 14:18
    A quick tweet from our man in Augusta, the peerless Philip Reid.  
  • 14:18
  • 14:23
    Moore (-2), who finished in a tie for ninth place last year, is currently playing the third hole. There are five groups on the course that include former Masters' champions Jose Maria Olazabal, Ian Woosnam and Mike Weir.  
  • 14:28
  • 14:31

    There are many differences between the US Masters and other tournaments, even the other Majors, but this is a noteworthy one.

    If this were a normal week on the PGA Tour, every player would have access to green-contour books that provide detailed, laser-measured topographical maps of every green complex on the course.  

    But the Masters is a different beast. As Rory McIlroy pointed out: "Augusta doesn’t provide you with a green-contour book, like the other tournaments do. “So you’ve got to sort of figure it out yourself.”

  • 14:33

    Without a green-reading book at their disposal, players and caddies are forced to take detailed notes and learn the greens on their own.

    Phil Mickelson revealed that even after 25 appearances, his book continues to evolve and change each year. "I'm still adding to it. It's never quite complete, but the more I play there, the more detailed it gets."

  • 14:37
    Moore (-1) has dropped a shot on the third. He three-putted from 31-feet missing a four foot par putt.    
  • 14:41
    One of the six amateurs in the field is Matt Parziale, quite an interesting character. In 2012, after three years trying to become a professional golfer, he returned to his hometown of Brockton, Massacheusetts to become a firefighter.    
  • 14:44
    Parziale, never gave up on the game, continuing to practice and play when he could and he was rewarded for his dedication on winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship last October, thereby securing a spot in the Masters.  
  • 14:48
    His dad, Vic, also a firefighter, is caddying for his son in the Masters. Parziale  is two over after three holes. Note: it was a huge effort not to use the phrase or phrases putting out fires or a slow burn in the last sentence. It's way too early in the blog.  
  • 14:49

    There are 18 players currently on the course and none are under par.  


    ONE HOUR KLAXON TO TIGER WOODS TEE TIME

  • 14:51
    Moore (+1) has gone from two under after two holes to one over after four, a run of birdie, birdie, bogey, double bogey in his own little 'keep a par off your card' contest.  
  • 14:53
    Three-time Major winner and the 2000 US Masters champion, Vijay Singh has birdied the first. The fact that I'm making a big deal about this tells you all you need to know about the general scoring.    
  • 15:00
    David Kelly The true beauty about sport is not about who is the fastest, the strongest or the most skillful, it's about who has the most guts. As we saw last night, it was a gutsy Grandson caddying for his Grandad who provided a sporting moment for the ages.
  • 15:00
  • 15:02
    Moore (+2) has bogeyed the fith hole; that's some slide from two under after two.  
  • 15:05
    Tiger Woods is doing his Johnny Cash impression on the range. No he's not singing Folsom Prison Blues or Ring of Fire but dressed in all black golfing garb.  
  • 15:05
    Voila.  
  • 15:05
  • 15:08
    Firefighter cum golfer Parziale has put out one mini fire with a birdie on the fourth; he's back to one over. Further to an earlier post, I didn't promise I wouldn't.  
  • 15:09
    Moore (+1) birdies the sixth. He still hasn't had a par.  
  • 15:14
    Patton Kizzire, 32-years-old, won twice on the PGA Tour this season is an excellent putter and has just started his first round at Augusta in the company of Hideki Matsuyama and many people's dark horse for Augusta National glory, England's Paul Casey.    
  • 15:14

    -1: Wiesberger (3), Singh (1)

    E: Parziale [A] (5), Olazabal (3), Frittelli (3), DeChambeau (3), Fitzpatrick (3)

    Notables: Woods (tee time: 3.42pm), McIlroy (tee time: 6.38pm)

  • 15:14
    30-MINUTE KLAXON TIGER WOODS
  • 15:16
    Did you know that Tiger Woods has shot just one sub-70 score in 20 opening rounds at Augusta? Now you don. You're welcome. There's so much more where that came from.    
  • 15:16
  • 15:21
    Parziale (level) was two over after three holes but has the fire blanket working nicely with back to back birdies.  
  • 15:22
    2000 US Masters champion Vijay Singh (-2) is the tournament leader. He's only got 16-holes of his first round to go.  
  • 15:24
  • 15:24
    The scrabble player's dream Jhonattan Vegas is two over after four holes.  
  • 15:28
    Ryan Moore (+1) has had his first par on the seventh hole.  
  • 15:28
  • 15:30
    Only three birdies at the par five second so far today. I know, it's scandalous.  
  • 15:30
  • 15:35
    Satoshi Kodaira  SATOSHI KODAIRA is one under as is Austrian big Bernd Wiesberger, one shot behind Singh.
  • 15:39
    All that whooping and hollering can only signify one thing. Tiger Woods has arrived on the first tee.  
  • 15:42
    I have been attached to Tommy Fleetwood in the Galloping Green draw. I'm not sure he can carry the weight of my expectation. I will be completely partial for the next four and a half hours. He's playing alongside Tiger Woods and Australian Marc Leishman.    
  • 15:42
  • 15:45
    Woods with his customary accuracy at the first, pulls his three wood into the spectators. He's got a bit of a track record for dodgey opening tee shots. Ryder Cup at the K Club anyone? Fleetwood smokes one down the middle. I missed Leishman's tee shot because I was looking for Woods' tee shot.    
  • 15:45
    Don't just take my word for Tiger's tee....thing problems.  
  • 15:45
  • 15:51
    Tiger Woods  Woods off the pine needles and out of the trees to just short of the green. Punched it nicely.    
  • 15:53
    Nice story about the playing partners.  
  • 15:53
  • 15:56

    Singh (-3) has birdied the fourth, he's three shots clear of the field. he would have been 3000000000000000000/1 to lead after the first round with the bookies.  


    Beautiful putt from Woods (level), nudgles it stone dead and taps in for par at the frst. Great recovery from the pine.  

  • 15:56
    LEADERBOARD

    -3: Singh (4)


    E: Bryan (9), Wiesberger (5), Fitzpatrick (5), O'Meara (4), Kodaira (4), Dufner (2), Matsuyama (2), Casey (2), Woods (1), Fleetwood (1), Leishman (1)


    Notables: Woods E (1), McIlroy (tee time: 6.38pm)

  • 15:59
    It's last night's Par 3 contest all over again. Except substitute Singh (-3) and Mark O'Meara (-1) for Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. It's been a good start for the 'goldies.'  
  • 15:59
  • 16:04
    Yeah, neither would I.  
  • 16:04
  • 16:05
    Matsuyama, tied 11th last year, opens with three straight pars.  
  • 16:05
  • 16:09
    Defending champion Sergio Garcia has opened with a par. Casey (level) manages an excellent escape at the second after an errant tee shot and a difficult stance, while Woods (level)  finds a fairway.  
  • 16:13

    Leishman with a gorgeous third shot to the seoond.


    Eh, Woods just coaxed his tee shot the 351 yards at the second. "‘I was worried I would lose my speed after my back fusion’ Tiger Woods, February 2018." Wonder no longer.  

  • 16:13
  • 16:14
    Matsuyama on board the par three, fourth, 240 yards for mere mortals.  
  • 16:17
    Despite a brilliant tee shot, Woods (level) walks off the second with a par. Leishman (-1) taps in for birdie after that superb third shot and Fleetwood  (level) cleans up from two and a half feet for par.  
  • 16:17
  • 16:20
    Woods, little twirl of the driver and off the ball goes to a different postcode, straight down the middle of a fairway. That opening tee shot, a three-wood on the first is a distant memory.  
  • 16:21
    Singh (-2) drops his first shot of the round at the sixth, one clear of O'Meara and Leishman.    
  • 16:23
    Casey (+1) drops a shot at the difficult par three, fourth.  
  • 16:26
    World number two and a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, Justin Thomas (-1) birdies the second. The American is many people's favourite this week.    
  • 16:27
    Woods won't be happy with his second to the short, par four, third, leaving about eight feet for birdie.  
  • 16:28
  • 16:32
    O'Meara (+2) with a triple bogey seven at the seveth. Garcia (-1) birdies the second and Leishman (-2) holes a nice 10-footer for birdie at the third to move into a tie for the lead with Singh (-2).  
  • 16:33

    Leaderboard

    -2: Singh (6), Leishman (3)

    -1: Woods (3), Thomas (2)

    E: Olazabal (8), Wiesberger (7), Kodaira (6), Stanley (4), Dufner (4), Matsuyama (3),

    Notables: Woods -1 (3), McIlroy (tee time: 6.38pm)

  • 16:35
    Woods (-1) birdies the third and the hyperbole in the commentary box is going into overdrive.    
  • 16:40
    Woods  (-1) is playing his 1,300th career hole as a professional in the Masters. I know where do I find this information?  
  • 16:44
    Matthew Fitzpatrick  Casey (+2) bogeys the fifth, back to back dropped shots. It's the same for Singh (-1), who bogeys the seventh, which means that  Marc Leishman  Leishman (-2) leads the US Masters.  
  • 16:46
    Woods (-1) and Fleetwood (+1) find the sand to the right of the 4th green. The Englishman played the marginally better bunker shot but he's still seven feet to go.  
  • 16:50
    Woods (level) can't hole his 12 foot par putt and drops a shot but Leishman (-2)   holes a filthy six foot putt with about 20 inches of break for par. Fleetwood (+1) holes his par putt.    
  • 16:51
    Here's cheery thought for Leishman and Fleetwood, no player that has been grouped with Tiger Woods in the first or second round of the Masters has gone on to win the tournament.  
  • 16:52
  • 16:53
    Gary Player was doing 10,000 press-ups while he was talking.  
  • 16:53

    Leaderboard

    -2: Leishman (4)

    -1: Singh (7), Kodaira (7), Thomas (3), Garcia (3), Redman [A] (3), Reed (2), Hoffman (2)

    Notables: Woods E (4), McIlroy (tee time: 6.38pm)

  • 16:55
    Woods' (level) bogey on the fourth means he is now 8 over on his Masters career at that hole , his worst score on any hole at Augusta National. Folks I'm here 'til the weekend.  
  • 17:02
    Johnny Watterson is just completing the last of his stretches....think Miguel Angel Jimenez without the cheroot. He's a big hitter in every respect and will take you through until just after 8.0pm when I'll be back having taken in some of the Colours Rugby match between UCD and Trinity at College Park.  
  • 17:10
    Back to back bogeys for Tiger thro' five holes. Don't give up on him yet. He just missed a six footer on the fifth for par, which back in the day ALWAYS went in. He's slipped back to +1, three shots off the lead of Leishman.
  • 17:11
  • 17:16
    Tigers 3-putt bogey on the fifth is just his 7th three-putt in 329 holes the PGA Tour informs us....Lets see how he figures his putt on the par-3 6th where the crowd has risen. His ball is six or seven from the pin.
  • 17:18
  • 17:21
    Early leader Vijay Singh - 3 under after three holes - is holding in at -1 with pars on 7, 8 and 9. He's just one behind leader Leishman (-2)
  • 17:21
    Leaderboard
    -2: Leishman (6)
    -1: Singh (9), Kodaira (9), Redman [A] (5), Stenson (4), Reed (3), Hoffman (3)
    Notables: Woods +1 (6), McIlroy (tee time: 6.38pm)
  • 17:23
    Tiger for birdie on 6 from just 8-feet. He pulls the trigger and the ball just veers to the left of the cup. Pull or misread its hard to say. But it's a missed chance. Off he goes to the 7th still +1.
  • 17:26
    Leishman drills his drive down the fairway on 7 with Tommy Fleetwood following. Tiger takes a 3-wood on the hole they call Pampas. All safely on the short cut.
  • 17:27
  • 17:33

    Woods is first to play on 7. His iron rolls towards the back of the green. He's sort of happy and unhappy as the flag is impossibly placed up at the front just beyond the bunkers.

    Leishman follows. He's dialled in alright. The crowd rise as his ball rolls to four feet with Fleetwood somewhere between the two.

  • 17:34
  • 17:37
    Great effort from Tiger (-1) from around 25 feet on the 7th. He hits and the ball seems to be travelling too slowly but just keeps going and shaves the hole.
  • 17:40

    Leishman ponders his short putt on the 7th. Four to five feet and he holds steady. The ball drops and that's the Australian extending his lead (-3) at the top of the leaderboard by two shots.

    Tiger (+1) is safely in and 4 shots behind the leader.

  • 17:41
  • 17:41
    Leaderboard
    -3: Leishman (7)
    -1: Singh (10), Kodaira (10), Stenson (5), Reed (5), Hoffman (5), Lyle (3), Immelman (2)
    Notables: Woods +1 (7), McIlroy (tee time: 6.38pm)
  • 17:43
    Hold on batman! Is that Sandy Lyle on the first page at -1. Yes it is! At 60-years-old he could give us a story yet.
  • 17:44
  • 17:47
    Jason Day (+3) thro six holes isn't having it all his own way. He put one in the drinking cup of a patrons a few holes back, which about sums up his round so far.
  • 17:50
    Tony Finau has hit his first ball of the day, which is surprising. Having over celebrated after a hole in one in the par 3 tournament yesterday, he turned his ankle and dislocated it. After an MRI, he's obvioulsy fit to go.
  • 17:52
    Tiger 266 to the 8th hole. Of course he has an iron. He hits. It goes. But he's not quite sure where. It's short of the green on this par 5.
  • 17:55
    Parziale, one of six amateurs in the Masters field and a fire fighter, has a blaze on his hands after 14 holes. He is 8 over par and will be fire fighting all the way in to the 18th.
  • 17:58

    There's suddenly a lot more red appearing at the top of the leaderboard.

    Vijay (-2) has pulled one back at the 11th and is just one behind leader Leishman. There are seven more players just one adrift of Vijay on -1 including Wiesberger, Kodaira, Stenson, Reed, Hoffman and Lyle.

  • 18:03

    Tiger (+1) rolls one of those trick shots at the cup on the 8th for birdie. It's all of a 10 foot break and rolls beyond the hole. He still has 4 feet for par. Easily done for par with leader Leishman (-3) making it look mush easier with a tap in par.

    Stenson (-2) meanwhile has made a move with birdies on 4 and 7. He's now in joint second with Vijay.

  • 18:05
    Leaderboard
    -3: Leishman (8)
    -2: Singh (12), Stenson (7)
    -1: Wiesberger (13), Kodaira (12), Reed (6), Hoffman (6), Lyle (5)
    Notables: Woods +1 (8), Thomas +1 (7), Casey +2 (9), Garcia +3 (7), Day +4 (7), Willett +5 (10) McIlroy (tee time: 6.38pm)
  • 18:08
    Leader Leishman (-3) off the tee is in trouble on 9. The ball moved left to right in the air and disappeared into trees. Tiger's drive on 9 is in the second cut.
  • 18:14

    Casy holes a 20 footer for bogey on the 10th. It's a dog of a day for him at +3

  • 18:16
    Leader Leishman (-3) finds his ball in the trees at 9. Luckiliy there's a gap and he threads his ball out beautifully but short. No problem his third sticks at four feet from the pin.
  • 18:19

    Immelman goes into the red on the par 4 fifth with birdie. That's nine players under par.

    A great up and down for Leishman (-3) at the turn with Tiger (+1) tapping in a short putt and ending the front nine on 37.

  • 18:20
  • 18:21
  • 18:23
    6.27 Irish time and Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar will be teeing off.
  • 18:25
    Leaderboard

    -3:  Singh (13), Leishman (9)

    -2: Stenson (7)

    -1: Wiesberger (13), Kodaira (12), Z Johnson (10), Reed (7), Hoffman (7), Lyle (6), Immelman (5)

    Notables: Fleetwood E (9), Woods +1 (9), Thomas +1 (8), Garcia +2 (8), Casey +3 (10), Day +4 (8), Willett +4 (12), McIlroy (tee time: 6.38pm)

  • 18:27

    We need to talk about Vijay. His stretch from the 11th to the 13th has shot him up to the top of the leaderboard with Leishman. Two birdies over three holes has him at -3, Wiesberger and Stenson chaing on -2.

     

  • 18:27
  • 18:29
    Former Masters champion Danny Willett is struggling again. He missed last year's cut and has gone through the 12th hole on +4.
  • 18:30
  • 18:37
    Leishman (-3) is holding it together nicely on the 10th and just curls his birdie putt a little short. He swishes his club in annoyance. He remains on -3 with Vijay (-2) falling away again with bogey on 13.
  • 18:39
    Tiger just pitched from the fringe at 10. Its one of those shots where you are thinking to yourself just putt the thing. Still, it works out well and he walks away with par and +1.
  • 18:42

    Tiger is screaming at his drive to go way right   at the 11th. That's not a good sign as the ball sails towards the trees. Can't rightly see where it has ended up.

    Rory McIlroy has teed off.

  • 18:44

    Trouble for Tiger on the 11th.

    Rory hits a beauty on the first, mid fairway and 131 yards from the pin.

  • 18:44
    Leaderboard
    -3:  Leishman (10)
    -2: Wiesberger (15), Singh (14), Stenson (8), Reed (8), Hoffman (8)
    -1: Kodaira (14), Z Johnson (10), Lyle (7), Simpson (2), Kisner (2), Pieters (2), Mickelson (1)
    Notables: Woods +1 (9), Thomas +1 (9), Garcia +2 (9), Day +4 (8), McIlroy (just teed off the first)
  • 18:49

    Tiger is striding up the fairway, or just off it, directing the patrons to move to the other side of the trees on the par 4 11th. He's on the wrong side of the tree line for his hole but sitting on grass.

    He drills it low and he doesn't like what has happened as the ball disappears from sight.

    Leishman is again dialled in and hits the green. He's maybe 8 feet from the pin with a birdy chance.

  • 18:50
    Rory has a 19 foot putt for birdie on the first hole. A decent start for the only Irish players in the field.
  • 18:52

    Tiger's ball has come to a rest but only after hitting a punter on the knee. Ouch. That will cost him a signed glove. His third hits the green mid distance. He has a par chance.


    What a great start for Rory. He drops the 19 foot putt for birdie on the first hole. Just what he, we, they, probably everyone wanted.

  • 18:54
  • 18:56
    Leaderboard
    -3:  Leishman (11)
    -2: Wiesberger (17), Singh (14), Stenson (9), Reed (8), Hoffman (8)
    -1: Kodaira (15), Z Johnson (12), Lyle (7), Finau (4), Schwartzel (3), Simpson (3), Kisner (2), Pieters (2), Mickelson (1), McIlroy (1)
    Notables: Thomas E (10), Woods +2 (11), Garcia +2 (10), Day +4 (9), Spieth (just teed off on first), D Johnson (tee time: 7pm)
  • 18:56
    Big swinging left to right for Tiger's par putt flows past the hole. That's punnishment for driving into the trees at the 11th. He's going backwards and +2.
  • 19:01

    Leader Leishman (-3) on the par 3 12th is safely on the green with some work to do.

    Tiger looks for inspiration but finds intervention. Water. The crowd groan in unison as his ball disappears down the slope.

    Michelson also makes birdie on the first.

  • 19:05
    Tiger (+2) looks at Rae's Creek in disgust as he moves straight to the drop zone on 12, then waits for his caddie to pace out the yardage. He walks back further to find the yardage he likes. Then walks forwards again and drops. He's on the green in three with work to do on 12.
  • 19:06
  • 19:09

    Rory's drive of 353 yards leaves him nicely positioned on the second, centre fairway. He's 204 yards to the pin at the Pink Dogwood par 5 second hole.

    Big putt from Tiger on 12. He rolls the rock into the hole and the bogey seems like a par after being in the creek. He's +3.

  • 19:10
    Rory has hit over the flag on the second par five. He 20 yards from the pin for his third.
  • 19:13
    Tony Finau's now celebrated injured ankle injury doesn't seem to be slowing him down in the early going. He's 1-under thru 5 - sure what's a dislocated bone anyway?
  • 19:16

    It's 10 feet to the cup for Rory to go birdie. birdie for the opening two holes. Whatever happens it should be a safe par.

    Tiger on 13 goes from the pine needles after his tee shot and into the crowd with his second.

  • 19:18
    Rory is safely to 12 inches with his 10 foot putt and taps in for a birdie, par start to his round. He's -1 thro two holes.
  • 19:21
    Leaderboard

    -3:  Leishman (12), Stenson (11)
    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Singh (16), Hadwin (10)
    -1: Kodaira (16), Thomas (12), Reed (10), Hoffman (10), Finau (5), Schwartzel (5), Simpson (4), McIlroy (2)
    Notables: Garcia +1 (12) Woods +3 (12), Day +3 (11), Spieth E (1), D Johnson E (1)
  • 19:22

    Mickelson bogey's the second to go level par and gets it right back on the third to go -1 again.

    Tiger (+3) recovers and hits the 13th green although not so sure of the patrons have as he scattered them with his iron from the pine needles.

  • 19:26

    Tiger from 10 feet has a decent birdie chance on 13. The crowd lets us know. The ball slips past for a tap in par. He needs to drop some putts.


    His playing partner Australian Leishman (-4) stokes in for birdie on 13   to again take the outright lead from Stenson (-3).

  • 19:30
    Rory has a four foot putt for par on the third hole. He drove to almost pin high on the 350 yard par four and pitched to 20 feet. A solid par, he is -1 thro three holes and on to the first Par 3.
  • 19:31
  • 19:32
    Happy birtday Henrik Stenson. 42 today and hanging in second place on -3 one shot behind the flawless Leishman, who has not dropped a shot all day after 13 holes.
  • 19:35
    Tiger (+3) on the 14th fairway. His iron approach comes to rest within birdie distance. He needs this one.
  • 19:40
    Mickelson is having one of those days. After four holes he has gone up a shot, down a shot, up a shot and down a shot and is level par thro 4 holes. Steady.
  • 19:43

    Rory (-1) hits his iron 234 yards to the fourth green. Yes it sounds good but he is 22 feet from the pin. But steady is good on day one of the Masters. Right? Especially for Rory.

    Birdie for Tiger at 14. Atta a boy. He moves to +2.

  • 19:44
    Leaderboard


    -4: Leishman (14)


    -3:  Stenson (12)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Singh (17), Hadwin (11), Spieth (3)


    -1: Hoffman (11), Li (8), Finau (7), Schwartzel (6), Simpson (6), Schauffele (6), McIlroy (3)


    Notables: Garcia +1 (13), D Johnson (2), Woods +2 (14), Day +3 (12)


  • 19:46

    As it stands McIlroy is T8 after three holes.

    Tiger (+2) misses to the right again off the tee at the par 5 15th. He has not gained any shots on the par 5s today.

  • 19:47
    Rory (-1) has a two footer for par on the par 3 fourth hole.
  • 19:48
  • 19:52
    Rory (-1) drops his putt on the 4th. Tiger   in the pines again on 15 cracks his ball out and looks uncertain as to where it ended up. No drama either way.
  • 19:55
    Rory now T7 keeps his tee shot on the fairway at the par-4 fifth hole. He is 188 yards from the pin with a clear view of where he is headed. Pin is back left.
  • 19:58

    Tiger is safe on 15 but he is more than 20 feet from the pin at the last par five.

    Leishman pitches from the back of the same green to the front and over cooks it into the water. That will probably be his first dropped shot of the round.

  • 20:01
    John O'Sullivan has had his nap and a few Custard Creams and will takeover for the end of Tiger's round and Rory's first round over the next few hours.
  • 20:03
     Thanks to Johnny Watterson, he'll be back in a couple of hours to take you through the final stanza of today's opening round of the US Masters. John O'Sullivan here, Leishman's in trouble on 15, Stenson's on a charge, Spieth is going through the gears. It's hotting up nicely.  
  • 20:04
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  • 20:06
    Leishman (-2) chipped into the water from the back of the green on the 15th and it's cost him a double bogey. Stenson (-4) leads the Masters.  
  • 20:07
    From 1995-2015 Tiger Woods (+2) was 150 under par for the par fives at Augusta. Today he's level par.  
  • 20:08
    Leaderboard


    -4: Stenson (13)


    -3:  Hoffman (13), Hadwin (13)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Lieshman (15), Finau (8), Spieth (4)


    -1: Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Z Johnson (16), Reed (13), Li (9), Schwartzel (7), Simpson (7), Schauffele (7), McIlroy (5)


    Notables: Rose E (3), D Johnson +1 (3), Garcia +2 (14), Woods +2 (15), Day +3 (13)


  • 20:08
    McIlroy (-1) is on the tee at the par three, sixth.  
  • 20:09
  • 20:09
    Mickelson (+1) bogeys the sixth, misses from about seve feet for par.  
  • 20:11
    Fleetwood knocks it in close on the par three, 16th. Fleetwood can, can Fleetwood as the ad goes.  
  • 20:11
    McIlroy (-1) hits a dinger on the sixth. He'll have about five feet for birdie.  
  • 20:13
    Stenson (-3) bogeys the 14th, let himself with a slick, downhill putt from about seven feet for par and watched it slide by. He now shares the lead with Charley Hoffman and Adam Hadwin.  
  • 20:15

    Tony Finau (-2) is showing no ill effects from the dislocated ankle he suffered in his post hole-in-one celebration during the Par 3 tournament.  


    Huge roar can only mean one thing.....yep it's a Woods' birdie on the 16th. That's two in three holes and he's back to one over.  

  • 20:17

    Spieth (-1) bogeys the fifth.


    McIlroy (-1) misses his five footer for birdie on the sixth. A chance lost.  


    Garcia in the water at the 15th.  

  • 20:18
    Fleetwood (level) can. Back to back birdies at the 15th and 16th; in fact three in four holes for the Englishman.
  • 20:19
    Garcia drops, chips, hits the green and watches the ball roll back into the water for a second time. He's playing EIGHT.
  • 20:19
    YOU ARE KIDDING ME. He's put it in the water for a third time.
  • 20:20
    Hoffman (-4), birdie, birdie, birdie on 12, 13 and 14.  
  • 20:21
    GOOD HOLY, Garcia in the water for a fourth time at the 15th.  
  • 20:22
    THANK GOODNESS the defending champion has got one to stay on the green. TIN CUP anyone.  
  • 20:22
  • 20:23
    Garcia needs to two-putt for a 13. Yes THIRTEEN on the 15th.  
  • 20:25
    Unlucky for some, not half. The previous highest score on the 15th was Ben Crenshaw with an 11 in 1997. Not sure he would have lived up to his nickname Gentle Ben at that point.  
  • 20:26
    Tiger stripes one down the 17th and then hits the back apron on the 17th. About 15 feet for birdie.  
  • 20:26
  • 20:26
    Garcia is now 10 over.  
  • 20:27
    Hoffman shouts, 'gosh darn it after his tee shot. It's on the fairway but he's blocked out slightly.  
  • 20:29

    Fleetwood (-1) can once again, three birdies in succession, 15, 16 and 17. That ad is stuck in my mind, so apologies.  


    Woods (+1) doesn't hole for birdie. One to play.  

  • 20:29
  • 20:31
    Garcia's 13 on the 15th equals Tsuneyuki Nakajima's 13 on the 13th as the highest ever score in the Masters.    
  • 20:32
    For all you quizzers, here's gold when it comes to golfing catastrophes at Augusta.  
  • 20:32
  • 20:33

    McIlroy (level) bogeys the seventh, a tough putt down the slope that missed the hole right.


    Garcia (+9) birdies the 16th. He doesn't celebrate.  

  • 20:35

    Woods (+1) hits a pearler from the tee on 18, Leishman is in the trees.  


    Zach Johnson birdies the last for a two under 70. Great start from the former champion.  

  • 20:37
    Stenson (-4) birdies the 15th to move back into a share of the lead with Hoffman. He's enjoying his 42nd birthday.  
  • 20:42
    Finau (-3) holes a 20-footer for par on the 10th.
  • 20:43
    Leishman's (-2) tee shot on the 18th disturbed a group having a picnic in the trees on the 18th. He punched the ball back onto the fairway and then hit an absolute beauty to a foot.  
  • 20:45

    Spieth (-1) missed the seventh green in two and his chip shot has gone about 35-feet past the hole.



    Decent bunker shot from Fleetwood (-1) on the 18th, he'll have two and a half feet for par.  

  • 20:48

    Woods with a two-putt par on the last for a 73. He fought hard to rescue a round that threatened to get away at one point; two under for the last five holes.


    Reed (-3) with three birdies in a row from the 13th and Stenson (-4) hits an insipid birdie putt on the 16th. Fleetwood (level) misses what was closer to four feet for par. Leishman, 70 (-2) rescues his par on the 18th.  

  • 20:48
  • 20:48
  • 20:51
    I have corrected my passed to past. I now feel like Sergio.  
  • 20:52
    Leaderboard


    -4: Stenson (16), Hoffman (15)


    -3: Reed (15),  Hadwin (15), Finau (10)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Z Johnson (F: 70), Lieshman (F: 70), Li (12)


    -1: Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Schauffele (9)


    Notables: McIlroy E (7),  Woods +1 (F: 73),  Rose +1 (6), D Johnson +2 (6), Day +3 (16), Garcia +9 (17)


  • 20:53
    McIlroy (level) nudges it 331 yards from the tee on the par five, eighth.  
  • 20:54
    Hoffman's tee shot at the 16th had him peering anxiously as it sailed a little close to the water on the right. It's dry.  
  • 20:55
    McIlroy (level) comes up just short with his second to the par five, eighth.  
  • 20:55
  • 20:58
    Woods: "I played well but made a few mistakes here and there. I didn't play the par fives well. The wind was puffing. It feels great to be back. I fought hard and made a little bit of a comeback on the back nine to get back into the tournament." That's the nuts and bolts of his comments.  
  • 20:58
  • 20:59

    Canadian Adam Hadwin birdies the 16th to joint he leaders on four under.


    McIlroy (level) will have a ticklish three footer for birdie on the eighth.  

  • 21:01
    Garcia (+9) has about 20 feet for birdie on the last. He won't be able to get off the course quickly enough.  
  • 21:01
    McIlroy (-1) makes his birdie putt.  
  • 21:02
  • 21:03
    Garcia (+9) two putts for an 81. The 13 on 15 the card wrecker.  
  • 21:04

    Sandy Lyle (level) eagles the 15th, he'll have to repair the damage to the back of the hole. That putt had blue lights flashing.  


    Justin Thomas (+2) signs for a 74.  

  • 21:05
    The defending champion Garcia was one over for 17 holes and eight over for one.  
  • 21:06
    Rose (+2) runner up last year bogeys the seventh.  
  • 21:06
    Stenson (-4) gets away with a pushed tee shot on the 18th.  
  • 21:07
    Finau (-3) doing his best to prove the adage of 'beware the injured golfer.'  
  • 21:08
    Mickelson out in level par.  
  • 21:09
    McIlroy (-1) thumps his drive 366 yards down the ninth. He's 112 yards to the pin.  
  • 21:12
    Two stunning shots to reach the par five, eighth and Spieth (-2) rolls in the 16 foot putt for eagle.  
  • 21:14
    McIlroy's (-1) wedge stops about 12 feet past the pin.    
  • 21:16
    Leaderboard
    -4: Stenson (17), Hoffman (16), Hadwin (17)


    -3: Reed (16), Li (13),  Finau (12)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Z Johnson (F: 70), Lieshman (F: 70), Spieth (8)


    -1: Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Smith (16), Schauffele (10), McIlroy (8)


    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 73),  Rose +2 (7), D Johnson +2 (7), Day +3 (17), Garcia +9 (F: 81)


  • 21:16
    Spieth 'hates' his tee shot at the ninth. Turns to his caddie and says, 'Michael' where's that wind. It would have needed a hurricane to stop that drive from turning over left. He's got a horrible angle for his second shot.  
  • 21:17
    McIlroy (-1) watches his birdie putt slide by, just overborrowed slightly.    
  • 21:18
    Hoffman (-4) in the trees right on the 18th.  
  • 21:20
    Jason Day (+3) won't be happy with his 75. Mind you he did play the back nine in one under.  
  • 21:21
    Stenson (-3) drops a shot on the 18th but that's still a 69.  
  • 21:21
    Sergio on his 13 today: "I hit a lot of good shots, and unfortunately the ball just didn't want to stop."
  • 21:22
    Bubba Watson (+1) signs for a 73.  
  • 21:24

    McIlroy (-1) centre of the fairway on the 10th with his three metal.


    Hoffman (-4) out of the trees on 18 and back onto the fairway, about 40 yards short of the green.  

  • 21:24
  • 21:25
    Former Masters champion Adam Scott is one over after nine.  
  • 21:25
    Fowler (level) birdies the 10th.  
  • 21:26
    Kurchar (level) follows Fowler in. Say that 10-times fast.  
  • 21:28
    Haotong (-2) bogeys the 14th.    
  • 21:29
    Spieth turns in two under. That eagle at the eighth provided huge momentum. He'll be a strong contender for low round of the day if he takes advantage of the two par fives on the back nine.    
  • 21:32

    Finau (-4) makes a birdie on the par three, 13th. His drive went about two kilometres and he got up and down from the fringe. This of course means we have to see more footage of him dislocating his ankle and putting it back in during the Par 3 contest yesterday. Okay everyone's aware of the facts. No need to repeat this again then.  

  • 21:34
    Hoffman (-3), can't get up and down at the 18th. Still he won't quibble with a 69. Hadwin (-3) also makes bogey on the 18th, three putts, also a 69.  
  • 21:34
    Another chance goes abegging for McIlroy (-1) on the 10th as he can't capitalise on a brillient second shot.  
  • 21:35
  • 21:36
    Finau (-4, 13 holes) on his Masters debut leads four players Stenson (69), Reed (69), Hoffman (69) and Hadwin (69) by a shot.  
  • 21:38
    Leaderboard
    -4: Finau (13)


    -3:  Stenson (F: 69), Hoffman (F: 69), Hadwin (F: 69),  Reed (F: 69)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Z Johnson (F: 70), Lieshman (F: 70), Li (14), Spieth (9)


    -1: Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Smith (17), McIlroy (10)


    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 73),  Rose +2 (8), D Johnson +2 (8), Day +3 (F: 75), Garcia +9 (F: 81)


  • 21:39
    Haotong (-2) will have about eight feet for eagle on the 15th, a stunning second shot.  
  • 21:41
  • 21:42

    McIlroy (-1) with a brilliant drive on the 11th.


    Stenson (69): "I feel a left a few shots out there but all in all a good day. I putted well. I don't think I deserved to be any better. I felt like I managed my way around the golf course very well."    

  • 21:42
  • 21:43
    Mickelson (+1) with a bogey on 11. He was so far into the trees off the tee I half expected to see David Attenborough in there.  
  • 21:47

    Give McIlroy (-1) 7/10 for his second shot to 11. Could do better as my report card used to say.  


    Freddie Couples moves to one under. Ever green.  

  • 21:48
    No eagle for Haotong (-3) but a birdie on the 15th.  
  • 21:50
    Good effort from 20 feet by McIlroy on 11 but it slips past.  
  • 21:51
    Finau misses a tiddler after a brilliant chip on the 14th. Longer putt now for bogey.  
  • 21:53
    Bogey for Finau (-3), that hurt but maybe not as much as this. GRAPHIC PICTURE WARNING. NOT FOR SQUEAMISH
  • 21:53
  • 21:54
  • 21:54
    McIlroy (-1) long at 12 but not in the back bunker as he thought when turning and asking his caddie Harry Diamond.  
  • 21:56
    Spieth misses the 10th green, right, shortsided and a long odds chance of getting up and down.  
  • 21:58
    Right I'm going for a lie down and Johnny Watterson's back, fed and watered. He'll take you through until the bitter end. Thanks for the comments, well all, except one.  
  • 22:06
    The leader is on the fine straw at 17. He has to squeeze the ball between some trees. That's Haotong Li - The current Masters leader on day one and on -4.
  • 22:08
    Speith finds the bunker on 11. A big groan from the young player at a hole that has not been good to him in the past..
  • 22:08
  • 22:11
    Rory (-1) takes a straight line right over the trees on the 13th and cuts out the right to left dog leg. A huge drive. It leaves him 163 yards to the pin.
  • 22:13
    Finau is back to -4 thro 15 holes and joint leader with Li. BEWARE the injured golfer.
  • 22:15
    Mickelson birdies the 13th to get back to level par. Lefty has not gone more than three holes without either going up a shot or down a shot.
  • 22:16
  • 22:19
    Rory, after the perfect drive, hits into the green side bunker at the par 5 13th hole. It should have been a nine iron into the belly of the green, two putts and move on with a birdie. Okay so it's not so easy.
  • 22:22
    Leaderboard
    -4: Li (17), Finau (15)


    -3:  Stenson (F: 69), Hoffman (F: 69), Hadwin (F: 69),  Reed (F: 69)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Z Johnson (F: 70), Lieshman (F: 70), Li (14), Spieth (12)


    -1: Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Smith (F: 71), Couples (17), Schauffele (14), Kuchar (13), McIlroy (12)


    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 73),  Rose +2 (11), D Johnson +2 (11), Day +3 (F: 75), Garcia +9 (F: 81)


  • 22:23
    Rory plays a sublime bunker shot to give himself a birdie chance on 13., He managed to keep the ball on the top tier of the green, no easy feat.
  • 22:25
    A massive putt from Rory, one that finally drops for him and he rightfully leaves the 13th with a birdie to bring him back to -2. The leaders are in his sights.
  • 22:28
    A Speith (-2) 7 iron makes the carry on 13. That leaves him two putts for birdie.
  • 22:29
  • 22:31
    Leader Li blades his bunker shot on 17 and the ball skids across the green and onto the down slope on the other side. Looks like he will be accepting a dropped shot here.
  • 22:34
    Speith from a mile away leaves his up hill putt at 13 stone dead. He taps in for birdie at and moves on with a comfortable -3 and just one off the lead.
  • 22:37
    A successful 29 foot putt on the 14th hole would give Rory another birdie. He smashed his tee shot 308 yards leaving him 149 yards to the pin.
  • 22:38
    Leaderboard
    -4: Finau (16)


    -3: Li (F: 69),  Stenson (F: 69), Hoffman (F: 69), Hadwin (F: 69),  Reed (F: 69), Spieth (13)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Z Johnson (F: 70), Lieshman (F: 70), McIlroy (13)


    -1: Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Smith (F: 71), Pieters (15), Schauffele (15), Kuchar (14), Oosthuizen (13)


    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 73),  Rose +1 (12), D Johnson +2 (11), Day +3 (F: 75), Garcia +9 (F: 81)


  • 22:40
    Rory's ball just slides past the cup at 14. He falls away thinking it had fallen. So close but even if he holds on to -2 its a good round of golf.
  • 22:42
  • 22:45
    Dustin J (+2) just curls his eagle putt on 13 too much and it skims left across the face of the hole. That could have brought him back to level par.
  • 22:47
    Speith on the 14th puts his approach very close. Be prepared for him to go to 4 under and join Finau as the outright leader.
  • 22:47
  • 22:53
    Rory steps off his drive at 15 because of noise. Garcia took 10 here earlier. He steps back and flies it 300 yards plus.

    A Speith birdie at 14 takes the American to -4 and the joint lead with Finau..
  • 22:54
  • 22:56
    Rory drives 327 on the15th. He has 199 yards to the pin at the par 5. Good shape.
  • 22:56
  • 22:58
    Fowler hits level par at 15. That's made the patrons happy. A popular lad is Fowler. and Mickelson goes to -1 at 15. That has also made the patrons pleased.
  • 23:00
    Finau finishes a heck of a round with a 15 foot birdie on 18 for -4. What a two day strech he has had with a dislocated ankle yesterday. Mad really.
  • 23:01
  • 23:02
    Leaderboard
    -4:  Finau (F: 68),    Spieth (14)


    -3: Li (F: 69),  Stenson (F: 69), Hoffman (F: 69), Hadwin (F: 69),  Reed (F: 69)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Z Johnson (F: 70), Lieshman (F: 70), Kuchar (15), McIlroy (14)


    -1: Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Smith (F: 71), Kisner (16), Schauffele (16), Kuchar (14), Mickelson (15), Cabrera-Bello (13)


    Notables: Rose E (13),  Woods +1 (F: 73),  D Johnson +1 (13), Day +3 (F: 75), Garcia +9 (F: 81)


  • 23:04
    50 foot putt for eagle for Rory on the par 5 15th hole. A birdie would do.
  • 23:05
    Kuchar, Fowler and Mickelson surround the pin at the par 3 16th hole - here they are.
  • 23:05
  • 23:07
    Yes they all made birdie. Three deuces.
  • 23:08
  • 23:09
    Padraig Harrington had a hole in one in 2004 at the 16th.
  • 23:11
    Rory moves to -3 and joint second at 15 after hitting the green in two. But his approach at the par 3 16th is poor and he has a hugely swinging second shot from the fringe on the right.
  • 23:15
    "I kinda twisted my ankle. I popped it into place. To say scary is an understatement. From that yesterday to where I am today is nothing short of a miracle if you ask me." Finau, who is joint leader (-4) of the Masters with Speith.,
  • 23:17
    Rory makes a heck of a putt at 16 that almost stops midway and 15 feet wide of the pin. But it keeps going before diving down hill and left and somehow stays on the green.
  • 23:19
    Leaderboard
    -5: Spieth (15)


    -4:  Finau (F: 68)


    -3: Li (F: 69),  Stenson (F: 69), Hoffman (F: 69), Hadwin (F: 69),  Reed (F: 69), Kuchar (16), McIlroy (16)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Z Johnson (F: 70), Lieshman (F: 70), Mickelson (16)


    -1: Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Smith (F: 71), Kisner (17), Schauffele (17) Fowler (16), Cabrera-Bello (14)


    Notables: Rose E (14), D Johnson (14),  Woods +1 (F: 73), Day +3 (F: 75), Garcia +9 (F: 81)


  • 23:20
    The Masters has a new leader. SPEITH (-5), who makes birdie on 15 while Rory gets down in two at 16. That will feel like a birdie for Rory (-3) from where he was perched on the top of the hill.
  • 23:21
  • 23:28
    Rory is blocked out by trees for his second shot approach at 17. He must go over or around them. He decides to go around the trees, a right to left shot. He hits and throws his head back. He doesn't like the result of that.
  • 23:29
  • 23:34
    Rory in the bunker at the par 4 at 17 and splashes out but not so close. He is struggling for par with Speith adding another birdie at 16. He seamlessly moves to -6 and two shots ahead of the field. What a run from 13 for Speith. - birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie
  • 23:36
    Another brilliant save from Rory at 17. He rolls the putt in for par and -3 and moves on to 18. He has really held his round together over the last three holes, when he could have been two shots back.
  • 23:37
    Leaderboard
    -6: Spieth (16)


    -4:  Finau (F: 68)


    -3: Li (F: 69),  Stenson (F: 69), Hoffman (F: 69), Hadwin (F: 69),  Reed (F: 69), Kuchar (17), McIlroy (17)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Z Johnson (F: 70), Lieshman (F: 70), Oosthuizen (16), Mickelson (17), Fowler (17)  , Cabrera-Bello (15)


    -1: Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Smith (F: 71), Kisner (F: 71), Schauffele (F: 71)


    Notables: Rose E (15), D Johnson (15),  Woods +1 (F: 73), Day +3 (F: 75), Garcia +9 (F: 81)


  • 23:41
    Mickelson ends his round on -2 and two under par and is 11th.
  • 23:43
    Speith on four consecutive birdies has just flown his approach to 17 and very close to the pin. A fifth here could put him three shots ahead of the rest of the field.
  • 23:45
    Rory pulls his eight iron into the bleachers at 18. He has really dug out this back nine and is looking for an up and down from off the green to hold on to -3.
  • 23:49
    Speith (-7) has never made a birdie on 17. He has now. That was his 5th birdie in a row. Never a doubt from six feet. Speith is in danger of spreadeagling the field if he gets off to a good start early tomorrow morning.
  • 23:50
  • 23:52
    Leaderboard
    -7: Spieth (17)


    -4:  Finau (F: 68), Kuchar (F: 68)


    -3: Li (F: 69),  Stenson (F: 69), Hoffman (F: 69), Hadwin (F: 69),  Reed (F: 69), McIlroy (F: 69), Cabrera-Bello (16)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Z Johnson (F: 70), Lieshman (F: 70), Mickelson (F: 70),  Fowler (F:70)


    -1:  Oosthuizen (17),  Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Smith (F: 71), Kisner (F: 71), Schauffele (F: 71)


    Notables: D Johnson (16), Rose (16),  Woods +1 (F: 73), Day +3 (F: 75), Garcia +9 (F: 81)


  • 23:53
    Rory makes a brilliant pitch and saves par on 18 closing for a 69 and -3. He had just one bogey on his card at seven along with three birdies.

    While that is happening Speith drives wildly on 18. That ball is far in the trees. He's hoping for a gap. The rest of the field are hoping it's buried in the pine needles.
  • 23:57
    Speith finds his ball on 18 and plays out sideways. He pulls out a fairway metal and drills it up the hill, missing left, the ball bouncing into the sitting patrons. He is trying to salvage a bogey here.
  • 23:59
    "I feel good. I played a really solid round of golf, just one bogey. To shoot something in the 60s first off I'm really pleased with." - Rory after his round.
  • 00:00
  • 00:03
    Speith chips from the left of the 18th to tap in distance. What a recovery. He steps up for bogey and ends on -6 and two shots ahead of the field. That might have been the pitch of the round today. Speith leads, Rory is in the mix.
    Join us for coverage tomorrow at the same time with many of the leaders including Speith Finau, Kuchar and Rory out early in the morning.
  • 00:12
    We will be live again tomorrow from 2pm for what sets up to be a very exciting second round. Below are the first round scores heading into Friday as well as second round tee time, bye!


    Leaderboard

    -6: Spieth (F: 66)



    -4:  Finau (F: 68), Kuchar (F: 68)


    -3: Li (F: 69),  Stenson (F: 69), Hoffman (F: 69), Hadwin (F: 69),  Reed (F: 69),  McIlroy (F: 69), Cabrera-Bello (17)


    -2: Wiesberger (F: 70), Z Johnson (F: 70), Lieshman (F: 70), Mickelson (F: 70),  Fowler (F:70)




    -1:  Oosthuizen (F: 71),  Singh (F: 71), Kodaira (F: 71), Smith (F: 71), Kisner (F: 71), Schauffele (F: 71)


    Notables:  D Johnson E (17), Rose +1 (17),  Woods +1 (F: 73), Day +3 (F: 75), Garcia +9 (F: 81)