Day one of the Masters has come and gone. Some surprises, some confusion, some really nice long putts and our 2013 Champion in the running. I would have to say that Thursday Round 1 was considered a success. Surprisingly was the way the field took to the course on round one. I was shocked at the number of players with 80+ scores. Thursday proved to be a difficult test for all participates.
Bill Haas fired an impressive opening round 68 to hold the first-round lead all by himself. Haas bogeyed the opening hole, but played his final 17 at 5-under to grab the clubhouse lead after day one. The most exciting part of the day was when previous champions Adam Scott and Bubba Watson came in with a 3 under score.
I was happy to see the following names: Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Fred Couples and Rickie Fowler that were also able to post an opening round under par, getting themselves in a great spot with 54 holes remaining. They have all been featured on my blog at some point. I would really like to see Jordan and Rickie fire low rounds going into the weekend.
Hole # 12 the beautiful par 3 proved to be a challenge for the boys on Thursday. Adam Scott found the water and made a double-bogey, Oosthuizen couldn't avoid the water on the par-3 and even McIlroy, who found the green, three-putted for a water-free bogey.
I can hardly wait what the next three days brings for us! Look forward to taking it all in stride.
Enjoy your week of the Masters.