With the opening round of the first major competition of the year behind us, things are shaping up nicely. Most of the key contenders played well, with some being unluckier than others with the challenging Augusta greens.
Jordan Spieth is leading by 3 after the first round, three shots clear of Ernie Els, Charley Hoffman, Justin Rose and Jason Day, which are tied at second place. Spieth’s round was almost flawless, and his score of 64 was only one stroke short of the course record. The 21-year-old did set one record though, becoming the youngest player in Masters’ history to be leading after the first round.
Reflecting on the round, Spieth said: “To make nine birdies out here, that’s a dream come true for me. It was a lot of fun.”
Spieth showed his current consistency and form by scoring six birdies in seven holes, finished off with a scrambling approach when he struck the pin on the 14th. It was at this point that the Masters’ course record looked within reach.
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