We have an international leader board from the first round of the Masters with Lee Westwood atop with a -5 under 67 opening round. Seven birdies and two bogies from Westwood was good enough to be the leader after round one. Lee accounted his pin point iron play and his putting to his first round score (when is that not always true, but putting his a big factor at the Majors) in his 13th appearance at the Masters. From Lee: “maybe #13 will be lucky for me”. I didn’t pick Lee Westwood in my fantasy league, but I would like to see him win.
Who is on the heels of Mr. Westwood: Louis Oosthuizen, Peter Hanson, and Ben Crane all finished day one at -4 under par. The American’s had a few close to the top with Jason Duffner (Mr. Weekday), Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson both finished -3 under and a few shots back from Lee Westwood. Where did the big 3 finish: Phil Mickelson did not play
well and finished day one at +2 and one less golf ball in his bag. Phil lost his tee shot on the back nine, and said that may have been the first time he has ever lost a golf ball at Augusta (hopefully it is the last time as well). Tiger Woods struggled with his driver as well, but really grinned his way around the golf course for an even par 72. Tiger’s average opening round in a major is very close to even par. I believe that he is still on his game plan of starting slow, and working his way up to the weekend. The man has finished in the top 6 the last 7 years (with one winner of course). Everyone’s favorite Irishmen finished the best out of the big three with a -1 under par 71. Rory had a horrific start that might have been just the last bit of nervous energy from his 2011 finishing round 80. But Rory fought back and hit some great shots to finish in the red numbers.
After round one, the big names are still close enough where a great second round can vault them back to the top of the leader board. And really that is all I have to say about the Masters, you watched it what did you think? Leave your comments below and lets see what the public has to say.
****Oh I did not forget to mention Henrik Stenson’s 8 on 18 to go from -5 under (the leader at the time) to -1 under. I am a firm believer that you should not throw clubs or tantrums (even if it is your birthday) on the golf course. And if there was ever a time that it was doubly true to be on your best behavior, it would be at the Masters. For shame Henrik, for shame.