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Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:33

2014 Masters Round 1 Recap

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The course is now vacated and the practice range is presumably full.

Round one of the 2014 Masters has finished and Bill Haas is our leader at 4-under par.

The day started off of the wrong foot for Haas, who bogeyed the first hole, but he quickly got himself back to even par with a birdie at the par 5 second. With birdies at the fourth and seventh holes, Haas rounded out the front nine 2-under par. Haas made it through amen corner without losing a stroke and birdied the 13th and 14th holes to get to 4-under par. A bogey at 17 dropped him to 3-under, but he birdied 18 to get back to 4-under and a final score of 68.

Looking to become the first back-to-back champion since Tiger Woods in 2001-02, defending champion, Adam Scott, got off to a hot start and finished the day with a 3-under round of 69. Scott was atop the leaderboard at 4-under when he reached the par 3 12th, but he put his tee shot in the water and ended up finishing the hole with a double bogey. Scott got one stroke back with a birdie at the 14th hole, but squandered two eagle opportunities at 13 and 15. He settled for par on both holes.

Along with Adam Scott, 2012 Champion, Bubba Watson, and 2012 runner-up, Louis Oosthuizen, finished the day with a 3-under round of 69. Oosthuizen was rolling along until he put his tee shot at 12 in the water. He had to settle for bogey on the 12th, but regained his stroke by the end of the day to finish with a 69. Bubba Watson was the only player on the course without a bogey today. Birdies at three, thirteen, and fifteen allowed him to finish the day at 3-under par, one shot back of the leader.

Despite Adam Scott’s great day, the other three major champions of the 2013 season all had woeful days. Three-time Masters champion and 2013 British open champion, Phil Mickelson, had a rough go of things. A triple bogey at seven and a double bogey at fifteen led to Mickelson shooting a 4-over 76. Reigning U.S. Open champion, Justin Rose, also shot a 4-over 76, while reigning PGA champion, Jason Dufner, fell victim to amen corner and shot an 80 on the day.

There is a three-way tie amongst the six amateurs in the tournament this year. U.S. Amateur champion, Matthew Fitzgerald, British Amateur champion, Garrick Porteous, and U.S. Amateur championship runner-up, Oliver Goss are all in the clubhouse at 4-over par. U.S. Mid Amateur champion, Michael McCoy is in at 6-over par, while Asia Pacific amateur champion, Chang-woo Lee is 8-over and U.S. Public Links amateur champion, Jordan Niebrugge finished the day at 9-over par.

Yesterday’s par-3 challenge winner, Ryan Moore, shot a 5-over 77 in round one of the tournament.

Play resumes tomorrow morning at 7:45 a.m. when Kevin Streelman and D.A. Points tee off. Tomorrow is cut day and all players within 10-strokes of the leader will make the weekend. 

Kevin Maggiore

Kevin Maggiore, Co-Host of The Cheap Seats. Studying Communications at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.

 

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