Roars echoed through the pines across Augusta National all day during the opening round of the 2015 Masters. We don’t blame you if you missed some of the day’s action. Catch up with all the highlights from round 1 and prep for Friday.
Spieth Flirts With Course Record
Jordan Spieth was 8-under through 14 and was facing an easy birdie try at the 15th hole. No player has gone lower than 63 in the Masters, and Spieth looked like he was on cruise control. A bogey on the 15th derailed his dreams of 62, but he will gladly settle for a 64 and a three-stroke lead.
Tiger Returns With Round of 73
No one knew what to expect from Tiger Woods in his return from a two-month layoff. The results were unsteady: three birdies and four bogeys for a 1-over round of 73. Good news though, no sighting of the chip yips. On the ninth hole, Woods hit a nasty hook so far left that he was forced to play his approach shot from the first fairway. He somehow salvaged bogey.
Rory Grinds for a 71
Rory birdied both par-5s on the back nine to get under par for his opening round, but we never saw the same dominant player that we’ve come to expect in recent majors. No one is concerned for McIlroy’s chances, but he is seven shots bahind Spieth. McIlroy will come out of the gate more aggressive than he did Thursday, when he didn’t notch his first birdie until the seventh hole.
The Big 3 Take Center Stage
This is what makes the Masters special: Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus hitting their ceremonial tee shots to kick off the action at Augusta National. These three have combined for 13 Masters titles in 147 total appearances. Jack and Gary both split the fairway while Arnie hit his drive low and left. But we will cut the King some slack; he just had shoulder surgery.
64-Footer Drained for Eagle on No. 13
The 13th hole at Augusta is ripe for drama, and Danny Willett did his part to contribute on Thursday. The Englishman who is playing in his first Masters drained a bomb for the most exciting putt of the opening round.