Top 3 on the Leaderboard
- Jordan Spieth -6
- Tony Finau -4
- Matt Kuchar -4
*Many players entered the 18th hole at 4 under but all bogeyed to leave many stars sitting at 3 under on the round*
We all wanted to see what Tiger Woods could do returning to a major and he played a solid round shooting 73(+1). Tiger drove the ball accurately and powerfully all day long, but he could not capitalize with his short game. Tiger set himself up with many opportunities on the front nine, but was not able to stick it close enough to sink birdie putts. However, I will give him props on the back nine recovering from back to back bogeys that dropped him to +3 before he birdied two holes to get back to +1, and finishing with a huge par on 18.
Tony Finau is the incredible story of the day as he snapped his ankle in celebration of a hole in one in the par 3 contest. He fixed his ankle shortly after snapping it and he went on to still play in the Master’s and finish with a 68(-4).
Jordan Spieth has another amazing stretch of birdies making 5 straight followed by a terrible tee shot on 18 to finish in the lead after one round at -6.
Sergio Garcia is breaking records again, but this year it is not a record that you want to break. After winning the Master’s last year for his first major, Sergio ended up with a disastrous record breaking 13 on the par 5 15th and finished the round +9 shooting an 81 on the round. Also struggling was Jason Day who shot a 75(+3), but at least it was not as bad as Garcia.
No amateur was able to get under par on the day, but the five amateurs did not play terrible by any means. Doug Ghim was the best in the group shooting an even par 72 on the day. Each year an amateur steals our hearts on the first day of play, but we just did not see it this year. Stealing our hearts on the first day this year was Haotong Li who is the first golfer from China to crack the Top 50 golfers in the World Golf Ranking. This kid came out and shot a 69(-3) with confidence!