Jordan Spieth, the defending Champion jumps in front of the pack after the first round of The Masters at Augusta.
Jordan carded a bogey free first round at a windy Augusta of -6 under par 66 to lead The Masters by two shots, and was happy to tell everybody why, and of course the putts are dropping;
“I enjoy this tournament more than anywhere else.”
“It’s easy for us. We don’t have any or many distractions in our preparation, and we enjoy that you’re able to kind of feel like you get enough done and you have enough time to do everything, and I think that’s useful when we start on the first hole.”
“I just didn’t feel confident after the first couple mid‑iron shots I hit, I didn’t feel confident over the ball with irons.”
“It was extremely special to stay bogey‑free on a day like today at the Masters.”
“We’re through one round, there’s going to be a lot of different changes. There are going to be a lot of different birdies, bogeys and everything in between.”
“We know how to win this golf tournament, and we believe in our process. And if the putts are dropping, then hopefully it goes our way.”
Sharing second place are Danny Lee and Shane Lowry, both at -4 under par.
Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Soren Kjeldson and Sergio Garcia are tied in fourth position at -3 under par.
Justin was happy with his score today;
“That’s an unexpected good score. When you look at the leaderboards, the guys are obviously figuring it out and able to get round the course today.”
“I’d have taken 69 before teeing off.
“If you look at this tournament last year, I don’t think I did anything wrong particularly, I just got beaten by a record performance.”
“I was right there. I was shooting good scores, good numbers, I was just beaten by some really great performances.”
“I’m not trying to change gears or do anything different, just keep knocking on the door.”
Ian said there is still a long way to go, and anything could happen;
“There’s a long way to go. Six years ago I had a couple 68’s, and it’s never over around this golf course.”
“We’ve seen it from a lot of players through the years. I’m up to the challenge, but obviously it’s round one.”
“Things don’t really happen until the back nine on Sunday. So between now and then there’s a lot of good golf needs to be played before you put yourself in position to have a go at anybody.”
Not a good Day for World number one Jason, as he carded an even par opening round of 72. Rory McIlroy is in the group at -2 under par, and admitted it could have been better, but he is still happy;
“I’m happy with how I played, happy with the score in the end.”
“It could have been a couple better but, at the end of the day, being here on a tough day in the top ten and still within touching distance of Jordan, I’m pretty pleased with that.”
“If someone had have given me a 70 on the first tee, I probably would have taken it. It was a tricky day.”
“Being in the position on the 16th tee where I was four under par. I was probably thinking on the 16th tee I could sneak another one or two out of this round and to start going the other way is disappointing.”
“But I feel like I can get off to a good start tomorrow and pick those shots up again in the first few holes and just get off and running again.”