Chad Campbell? Wow.
Of all players, who would have imagined Chad Campbell would have come close to not only Masters low score record, but he’d flirt with the all time low score record in major championships. He faltered at the end of his stellar round a bit, but still dropped a Masters leading 65.
Jim Furyk was on fire and held the lead for much of the day, finishing with a 66 as well as Hunter Mahan. Furyk had NO bogeys.
There has been a TON of whining from the players and the media about Augusta National being too hard. The last two years the weather has sucked, making the course longer. Today showed that Augusta National CAN yield low scores and CAN produce roars. There were plenty of players reaching par-5’s in two, but not too many. There were many players who had fits on the slick greens, but many mediocre shots weren’t overly penalized. The course was fair and perhaps a bit too easy.
Tiger Woods shot is best first round of the Masters in quite a while with a 70. He could have gone much lower after lipping out a short birdie putt on 17 and air-mailing the 18th green enroute to a bogey finish.
Tiger fans need not worry. He seldom gets off to a quick start at The Masters.
Greg Norman is right in the mix, tied with Tiger at -2 as are a handful of other players including Zach Johnson.
Perhaps even more surprising than Chad Campbell‘s round is that of Larry Mize. He shot a 67!
Padraig Harrington sits at -3 and right in the thick of it. I’m definitely a bandwagon jumper and I’d love to see him win his third major in a row. I’m on the Paddy Wagon!
I stand to lose more than cash if Sergio Garcia wins the Masters. I stand to lose my dignity, or at least risk exposing my “little secret.” Sergio knocked one in Rae’s Creek on #12 and sits at +1, along with Phil Mickelson.
Sadly enough, one of the “old” guys didn’t drop the worst round of the day. That distinction belongs to the puzzling Michael Campbell. He shot 80.
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