We still have a long way to go before we crown the 2018 Masters champion but Jordan Spieth was off to a hot start with an opening round 66. With some of the biggest names in golf teeing off in the afternoon it was Spieth who was leading the way. After an eagle on the 8th
hole, Spieth went on a streak to birdie 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 before finishing with a bogey on the 18th
“This golf course brings out a lot of feel in my game, and I think that’s advantageous.” said Spieth, who was held back by putting woes earlier this season. “Once you win here, you have an advantage over anyone who hasn’t won here.”
He leads the pack with 6 under but on his tail are Tony Finau and Matt Kucher at 4 under.
Finau shouldn’t even be playing after injuring himself on Wednesday at the Par 3 Contest. He aced the 7th
hole and was celebrating when was backpedalling and sustained a partial dislocation of his left ankle. “I saw where it was and knew where it needed to be,” said Finau, who played the final two holes to test his ankle.
“It’s nothing short of a miracle, if you ask me,” Finau said. “It was quite crazy, all the emotions that I dealt with overnight, but I was more than ecstatic to just be walking to that first tee and be playing in my first Masters.”
Kucher playing in his 13th
Masters had a strong finish to his round with birdies on 3 of his last 4 holes.
Tiger Woods had an up and down round finishing at 1 over for his opening round. Woods was 1 under after 3 holes and we were wondering if Woods was really back but he went on to bogey the next hole. Woods was out to 3 over after the 13th
but with 2 birdies on the way in, he finished with a 73.
Afterward, Woods was asked if he was relieved to have survived this good news/bad news round. "Yes," he said. "I played in a major championship again. But also the fact I got myself back in this tournament and I could have easily let it slip away. I fought hard to get back in there. It will be fun the next 54 holes."
If it wasn’t for Spieth, the press would also be talking about Rory McIlroy’s opening round as well. McIlroy finished with a 3 under 69 which was a solid opening round.
How the rest of them faired in the opening round:
- Phil Mickleson – 2 under (70)
- Rickie Fowler - 2 under (70)
- Justin Rose – Even (72)
- Dustin Johnson – 1 over (73)
- Justin Thomas – 2 over (74)
- Jason Day – 3 over (75)
- Adam Scott – 3 over (75)