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Jordan Spieth takes 2-shot lead after first round of Masters

07 Avril 2018

He bounced back with a birdie at No. 12 to get to 2 over for the tournament.

On the eve of his first Masters, he made a hole-in-one on the seventh hole of the Par 3 Tournament, raced toward the green to celebrate and as he turned back toward the tee, his left ankle rolled. And he was headed for a 41 on the front nine until he made a 10-foot par putt. It was his first triple of the tournament.

Maybe Jordan Spieth should switch gloves more often.

It was the eighth time in his last 13 rounds at the Masters that Spieth ended a round with the lead. Spieth pushed his first drive way right and pulled his next one well left.

Reed, who led Augusta State to two NCAA titles, opened with a 25-foot birdie putt and zoomed into the lead after two more short birdie putts.

"It doesn't matter if it's back-to-back or just one".

"So what's the first couple holes on a Friday start mean?"

He is now in a seven-way tie for the lead at 3 under.

After switching golf gloves because his hands were sweaty on the back nine, he got rolling with birdies on 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 before finishing with a bogey.

His only real error was a bogey on the tough 14th, but then he bounced back the very next hole with an eagle made from a position off the tee most commentators thought required the Victorian to lay up.

Parziale won the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship last October, but his full-time job is putting out fires in his hometown of Brockton, Mass.

Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont., opened with a 4-over-par 76.

Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson is in striking range to become the oldest victor of the green jacket after a 70, Matt Kuchar shot 68 as he tries to win his first major, and Tony Finau, who dislocated his ankle Wednesday after making a hole-in-one in the Par-3 Contest, shot 68 in his first Masters.

After endless hype, speculation and prognostication, "the most anticipated Masters of our lifetime" (so said Jim Nantz!) commenced under blue skies at Augusta National. Thomas is looking for his second straight major, having won the PGA in Charlotte last summer, and is simply playing better than anyone else in the game at this point. Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Jon Rahm are right behind that threesome. Even a bogey on the final hole felt like a par the way he navigated out of the trees and limited the damage with a pitch that stopped inches from going in.

He bogeyed his final hole for a 79, the second time in three years he posted that number.

In the last 60 years, the two best opening rounds for an amateur have been posted by golfers with MA ties.

Li entered the week at No. 42 in the world.

McIlroy will become just the sixth player to complete the career grand slam if he triumphs at Augusta National this week and Nicklaus believes he is more than capable of doing so.

Woods hit three balls into the gallery and another into the water at Augusta National's famed, three-hole signature section.

Woosnam, after all, has one of those coveted green jackets.

Patrick Reed's opening 69 was the first time he had broken 70 in the Masters, but he went even better on day two with nine birdies and three bogeys in a superb 66.

"Six months ago, I didn't know if I was going to play again".

But the 24-year-old Texan is certainly off to a good start in his quest for a second green jacket.

In an interview afterwards, McIlroy was clearly very happy with his round stating it was his best start to the event in a few years.

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.

Jordan Spieth takes 2-shot lead after first round of Masters