The quest for the Green Jacket has begun, and at the end of Day 1 super Jordan Spieth sits on top of The Masters leaderboard at Augusta.
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Jordan opened his account at The Masters with a superb first round of -8 under par 64, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a three shot lead at Augusta. He also becomes the youngest player ever to lead this tournament after the first round.
The fast start has worried his opponents, but has excited Jordan;
“I was excited about the way I struck the ball, I’m excited about the start.”
“It capped off a really fun round.”
“I played well last year, but I never broke 70.”
At the other end of the age scale Ernie Els is among the players all tied in second position after scoring -5 under par 67 for their opening efforts. Charlie Hoffman, Justin Rose and Jason Day complete the quartet sharing second spot.
Nobody would appreciate winning The Masters more that Ernie, he wants to leave Augusta wearing the famous Green Jacket;
“That’s the plan, we’ll see what happens.”
“I just felt comfortable, I felt at ease for some reason.”
“There’s definitely a different kind of mind‑set in the whole family coming up here, it’s more of an enjoyment.”
“We kind of are running out of time a little bit here, so we are really trying to enjoy what we’ve got left out here.”
“It’s been 21 years coming to Augusta. It’s been unbelievable, but nothing lasts forever. Samantha had a great time at the Par 3, and I just have a different appreciation, I think, for the place.”
This group is followed by Russell Henley and Sergio Garcia, both on -4 under par for the day.
Rory McIlroy’s opening tee shot, was the longest shot hit at Augusta all day, he finished at -1 under par, which would have been OK, except he is now seven shots off the lead, but he said he will just have to play better in round two;
“Today was a pretty good day. I feel like I can do better. But happy after Day 1 and go out and just try and do a little bit better tomorrow.”
“I haven’t put too much pressure on myself. Look, I obviously know what I can achieve this week, but I’m not letting myself think about it too much.”
Tiger was two shots further back after a first round +1 over par 73.
Tom Watson today became the oldest player to break par at The Masters, shooting a marvelous opening round -1 under par 71.
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The opening tee shots came from Arnold, Jack and Gary.
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