The first day is in the books and things are already starting to take shape. Familiar names sit atop the leader board and some not so familiar names, not to mention a 14 year old that had a very impressive first ever Masters round. The course seemed to be playing a little slow on some greens because it was evident when everyone kept leaving their putts short on a lot of holes. Still, an overall good day of golf, a lot of low numbers that make it enjoyable to watch. Let’s go through the action and take a look around the field.
Tiger Woods was at it again, having a nice round of 70 putting him at -2 for his first round. A very Tigeresque early round, just gets his here and there and he’s right in the thick of it going into the second day. Another familiar name couldn’t quite find his stroke like Tiger, Bubba Watson finished +3 on the day and seemed to just long on everything and not putting like his 2012 self. It’s early though so he is still very much in it. Ole Lefty himself, Phil Mickelson, finished -1 on the day having his ups and downs throughout the day; he was hovering all day around even par before finishing 1 under.
Some not so familiar names have put themselves certainly in the race early on. Marc Leishman, an Australia native, is tied at the top with Sergio Garcia at -6 for their opening round. Certainly a new name that hasn’t been mentioned a lot in the golf world. It will be interesting to see how long he can hang around at the top. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, another unknown, sits at -4 for his first round and very much in the race. His unorthodox-ed style of putting with his feet touching one another certainly is different but definitely got the job done today. He had a fine day striking the ball and putting.
The surprise of the day though has to be the young 14 year old Amateur Tianlang Guan. That’s right, a 14 year old playing in the Masters. That’s mind boggling to think that he’s that good already and he certainly showcased his talent by finishing at +1. He is in great shape to make the cut and with the way he is hitting the ball, he very well could make it. As long as he can withstand the pressure of playing in the Masters and being under the “big lights”, he’ll be fine. It was very exciting watching him; he’s going to be a good one for a long time. To put it into perspective, the great Tiger Woods played in his first Masters at the age of 19. Yeah, this kid is going to be good.
Day 2 will be soon upon us and we’ll dive right back into the Masters action and I can’t wait. Be sure to catch all the action starting at 3 PM ET on ESPN or watch coverage on CBSsports.com. I’ll have a Day 2 Recap tomorrow so be on the lookout for that to catch up on all the action. Let the most beautiful event in sports roll on.
Notable Day 2 tee times:
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano-8:33 am
Tianlang Guan-9:06 am
Phil Mickelson-10:23 am
Rory McIlroy-10:34 am
Marc Leishman-12:35 pm
Bubba Watson-1:30 pm
Tiger Woods-1:41 pm