Tigermania in full bloom for round one of the Masters
Apr 07 2018 by Cristina Jennings
T4. Rory McIlroy (-4): The scary thing here is that Rory doesn't need his best stuff to win this thing.
Since 1991, Phil Mickelson has missed the cut at the Masters only three times, with a streak of 17 consecutive cuts made that ended in 2014. Woods' tee time is set for 1:27 p.m. ET, and we'll have hole-by-hole updates right here. He seemingly hit more pines and patrons than fairways and greens but didn't quite play himself out of contention. But one of them is Woods, who rallied from that daunting deficit to beat Chris DiMarco in a playoff for his last Masters title in 2005.
No. 4: On the hard par 3, Tiger hit his tee shot way long and just off the fifth tee.
A run of five successive birdies from the 13th in round one enabled Spieth to top the leaderboard with a 66. The diagnosis: high ankle sprain, no broken bones. Spieth had seven birdies and an eagle while posting only three bogeys.
"I could have easily let the round slip away from me, but I got it back", he said, brimming with that bravado of old.
Tonight's plan? "Elevate and ice", he said, smiling.
Spieth back where he belongs - Jordan Spieth LOVES Augusta. Over the course of his brilliant Masters career, the four-time champion has played those four longest holes at a cumulative 150 under par. And if it probably carries a foot less, it probably doesn't go off the green and probably stays on the fringe.
"Jordan had a pretty strong finish but this is my best start in a few years", said McIlroy, who shot an opening 65 in 2011 but squandered a four-shot lead with a nightmare final round of 80.
"You don't know where it's going to end up, " he said, "but you know it's going to be in a good position".
Who will you be watching tomorrow? The greens were firm and mean and the pins seemed to have been placed by a superintendent coming off a rough night. All that said, he'd been playing well to start off the 2018 season. "I'm very close to putting it all together and winning again".
García, of Spain, came into the 15th hole at one over par while competing at Georgia's Augusta NationalGolf Club.
While everyone had a good chuckle over Day's plight, Garcia's was hard to watch, his score matching the highest ever for a single hole in the 82-year history of the Masters. Just ask Sergio Garcia.
Another shot went at the par-five second when he took three from the edge of the green and the 2015 champion was unable to make a birdie on the front nine for the first time in his Masters career.
Tiger Woods was hoping to make a move at the Masters - in the other direction.
Spieth dropped three shots in the first two holes and, after falling as low as 2-under, had pulled back to 4-under through 15, one shot off the lead.
"I shot two rounds in the 70s and tied a scoring record here one year". Never miss once on TV for the Masters.
"So it's just about playing the golf course for what you get, recognizing what the tendencies are this course brings and what my own tendencies are when under the gun".
Buckle up, Haotong. There is much more golf to be played.