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Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:01

The Masters: Day 1 Recap

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As the sun goes down at Augusta National, players will be linning the range and putting greens in search of that perfect shot. Many of the golfers already knowing that Friday could be their last chance at making the cut at a Masters event. As always at a Masters event, there will be some Thursday surprises.

Let's start with the Amateurs Trophy update. The 14 year old phenom from China, Thianiang Guan just finished his round with a stellar 20 foot birdie put to finish the day at a +1 (73). He is a fan favorite as at the age of 14, he is the youngest ever competitor to play in the Masters. Guan is followed by U.S Amateur champion, Steven Fox who shot a 4 over (76). Thirty four year old U.S Mid-Amateur champion, Nathan Smith, and T.J Vogel, U.S Amateur Public Links champion are tied after shooting a 75 on Thursday. Michael Weaver, the U.S Amateur runner-up, and British Amateur champion round out the Amateurs with a 78 and 83, respectively. Guan looked composed and it will be interesting to see how he can handle the pressure of cut day.

After winning the Par 3 Competition yesterday, Nick Watney shot a forgettable 6 over (78). Some other notable players who stumbled the first day were: Padraig Harrington (78), Hunter Mahan (76), reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson (75), Ian Poulter (76), and the most recent winner on the PGA tour, Martin Laird, who shot a disappointing (76).

In the Big 3 category, which is comprised of boyfriends of famous women, which includes the likes of Caroline Wozniacki, Paulina Gretzky, and Lindsey Vonn all of whom will be watching their men play this week at Augusta. Paulina Gretzky's man, Dustin Johnson leads this category after posting a 5 under (67), 1 shot off of the Masters lead after 18 holes. Tiger Woods shot a nice 2 under round with his grilfriend following him all over the course today. While Rory McIlroy has just posted an even round (72) for the day. All three will no doubt be hearing from their girlfriends tonight as all will be looking for a confidence boost going in to Friday.

It's time to take a look at the top of the leaderboard. Over seas players, Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia are tied for the 18 hold lead after both shooting a satisfying 6 under (66). Dustin Johnson sits alone in third after shooting a 5 under (67) while there is a group of six golfers who are all tied at 4 under: David Lynn, Rickie Fowler, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Trevor Immelman, Fred Couples, and Matt Kuchar.

Honorable mentions go out to Tiger Woods who shot a comfortable 2 under (70), fellow left handed golfer Phil Mickleson, who shot a one under (71), and former Green Jacket winner, canadian golfer, Mike Weir shot an impressive even par (72). 

At this point, with the current conditions at Augusta National, I am predicting the leader to be around 8/9 under, while the cut line, which could possibly be at 1 under for the tournament. Don't forget, there is a 10 shot cut rule which means that the top 44 will make the cut, as well as any player who is 10 shots of the lead, make sure to keep that in mind when watching the final cut line on Friday evening.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's update after the cut, and my weekend predictions!

If you have any questions or comments feel free to tweet me @phillipbeneteau

 

Phillip Beneteau

My name is Phillip Beneteau and I've been around and involved in sports my whole life. I started skating when I was 3 years old and swinging a golf club shortly after. I have an uncanny love for all sports and any sort of competition. This love for all sports and competition has led me to take a strong interest in fantasy sports. I started writing about sports back in January of 2012, and have been mainly focusing on fantasy sports along with the odd segment of something else that catches my interest. I starting writing last year by ways of my blog http://sports-half-philled.blogspot.ca/ . 

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