What a day so far. Rory McIlroy dropped a 65 on Augusta National, and didn’t get as much out of that round as he could have. With better putting he could have posted a low 60’s round.
Phil Mickelson started out with 7 pars in a row and birdied #8, sitting at -1 on #9 tee. Despite previous announcements, Phil did NOT go with two drivers.
HOG World Headquarters is still under construction, but here’s a shot of the current state it is in for pre-tv coverage of the Thursday Masters round. What you don’t see is the 42″ plasma short right.
HOG Lab - 2011 Masters Thursday setup - click for larger image
Players are starting to finish their early rounds now.
Ross fisher is done, posting a 69. Last time he opened at -3 in the Masters he finished T30.
Sean O’Hair is also in the clubhouse with a score of -2 after making birdie on 15 and 18 to finish.
Retief Goosen is at -5 through 10 holes.
This happens every year. I cried during the ceremonial start of the Masters as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer teed off.
Retief Goosen eagled the first hole, a par-4 with a hole out. After four holes he’s now at -4, tied with Ross Fisher who just got up and down from the front bunker on the par-3 12th. The two leaders at -4 are nicknamed Fish and Goose.
Rory McIlroy is off to a good start at -3 after five holes.
As of now, 9:44am ET, a few players have gotten their first rounds started. The biggest fireworks so far are credited to Retief Goosen, who eagled the par-4 first hole. He’s atop the leaderboard, leading 7 other layers by one shot at -2.