Masters Day One Wrap: Spieth Strikes Early

Masters Day One Wrap: Spieth Strikes Early

Jordan Spieth has put the foot down on day one of the Masters. Dominant in his stroke play around the technical Augusta course, he waltzes into tomorrow with a comfortable two shot lead. A big opening round of -6 (which included a stunning five straight birdies on the back nine) ensured he broke away from the peloton, which includes chasers Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar (-4), Henrik Stenson, Charley Hoffman and Rory McIlroy (-3). 

The best for the Australian contingent in round one was Warnambool boy Marc Leishman with a tidy 2 under par. Cameron Smith (-1) played nicely, however our former world numero unos Jason Day (+3) and Adam Scott (+4) struggled. 

Of the other big names: Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler went around in 2-under. Current world number one Dustin Johnson hit even. Comeback kid Tiger Woods was +1 and so was other multiple green jacket winner Bubba Watson. Justin Thomas hit +2, but surprise of the day had to come from Sergio Garcia. Last year's winner was 9-over on Augusta today, hitting a weekend-killer 13 strokes on the par 5 15th, also managing to equal the highest score on a Masters hole in history. Ouch.

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