The Masters, Round 1 Summary
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/11/13
The three biggest stories that emerged from the first 18 holes of 77th Masters Tournament are eye-raising, each for their own special reasons:
Fred Couples admitted to one reporter that he had to drive harder than usual, but offset three bogeys with birdies at 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, and 17 to get in with a 4-under 68. Not at all shabby for a 53-year-old!
Interestingly, while Tiger Woods talked about maintaining discipline even in the face of softer-than-usual greens, Phil Mickelson told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi that he plans to play Friday in a far more aggressive manner than he did on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Jamie Donaldson, a 37-year-old Welshman who plays on the European Tour, became only the fifth player ever to ace the par-3 6th hole in Masters competition, joining Leland Gibson, Billy Joe Patton, Charles Coody, and Chris DiMarco. He needed that ace, too; his only other sub-par hole was at 13, while three bogeys and a double at 12 left him at 74 after 18 holes.
Friday On My Mind...
Following a Thursday evening forecast for showers and thunderstorms, Friday's forecast calls for a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, gradually clearing with a high of 79°F. With predicted new rainfall amounts between .10 and .25 inches, the course may be soft enough to let Phil Mickelson (-1) and Tiger Woods (-2) get more aggressive with the Friday hole locations.
The fun is just beginning, friends.
Image via Augusta Chronicle, Sara Caldwell
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