Thursday Recap at the 2016 Masters

Apr 7, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy waves to the crowd after putting on the 2nd green during the first round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Jason and Jordan

Jordan Spieth got the day off to a fast start in the morning with a 66 and never left the top spot on the leaderboard. Spieth looked confident and his game had no holes in it as he managed to go around Augusta without a single bogey.

Jason Day shot a front nine 31 and it looked as if he was going to overtake Spieth at the top, but that wasn’t the case. Day had a shocking triple bogey on 16 and it moved him from -4 to -1 and five shots back. He finished up with a four on the last to card a round of even par 72. It was a disappointing round for Day and that one hole ruined his round.

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The Irishmen Came to Play

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry both played extremely well as they finished at -2 and -4 under par, respectively. Lowry’s grouping teed off just ahead of McIlroy, so maybe they had a friendly bet to see who could go lower on Thursday. Lowry had a chance to go to -5, but his birdie putt slid by on the high side.

McIlroy struggled coming home as he bogied 16 after pulling his tee shot long and hitting a poor approach shot on 18 that landed in the greenside bunker. He was unable to get up and down and will begin round two, four shots behind Spieth.

International Flair on the Leaderboard

Eight of the top ten spots were taken up by international players, with Spieth and Billy Horschel the lone Americans on the leaderboard. The Americans have dominated the Masters recently winning four of the last six, but this year looks like it might be a bit different.

Other Notes

New Zealander Danny Lee was a pleasant surprise during round one as he put together a nice 68 to finish two shots behind Spieth. The course was softened by overnight rains, but it didn’t show as only 21 players were under par after the first round.

Ernie Els had a disaster with a 9 on the first hole after a seven putt from six feet. The South African seemed to lose focus after he missed his bogey putt and then the unthinkable happened as he needed five more putts to finally end the nightmare.

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Photo Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports


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