After 19 months of waiting, we were forced to wait even longer with a three-hour rain delay with only a handful of golfers having started their round.
Once the golfing restarted, low scoring was encouraged with the soft conditions and the world’s best took advantage of this.
Englishman Paul Casey, who is still searching for his first major championship in his 66th attempt, leads the way with a 7-under bogey free 65 from the morning field. Casey has looked threatening throughout his major championship career, with 10 top ten finishes, most recently a runner up to Colin Morikawa at the 2020 US PGA at Harding Park.
His first round highlights can be seen below.
Defending champion Tiger Woods looks poised for a run at a sixth green jacket with a solid 4-under par round. A relaxed looking Tiger broke 70 in the first round of the Masters for just the second time in his career, he closed his round with 8 straight pars.
The long hitting Bryson Dechambeau was heavily talked about in the lead up to the tournament, his controversial tactics have been questioned, and the questioning looked justified after a double bogey 7 on the par 5 13th, just his fourth hole of the day. However, Bryson recovered well and finished his round at 2 under par. In contrast to Bryson’s length and power, 62-year-old Larry Mize, winner of the 1987 Masters posted a round of 70 this morning, despite averaging less than 250 yards of the tee.
The delayed afternoon field also took advantage of the soft conditions names including Justin Thomas and Adam Scott sit at four under par, despite only playing 10 and 9 holes respectively. Play was bought to a hault late on Thursday evening at Augusta, due to inadequate light. This may prove to be a recurring issue over the weekend, with this being the first time the tournament has been played in November.
Australian Adam Scott got off to a strong start with four birdies in his first nine holes. Scott now faces a 20 foot putt for birdie on the 11th hole early Friday morning, before facing the treacherous short iron approach in to the par 3, 12th green. The 2013 Masters chamption has had an interupted lead up to the years biggest tournament, after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in late October.
Another golfer who recovered from COVID-19, world number 1 Dustin Johnson has got off to a strong start after an eagle of the par 5 second and a birdie on the 8th.