2012 Masters: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the Field, 1st Round Review

Ben Fletcher@BFletcherSportsContributor IIIApril 6, 2012

2012 Masters: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the Field, 1st Round Review

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    The 2012 Masters kicked off on Thursday, and after the first round a lot of big names are in the hunt for the green jacket.

    After a rainy day on Wednesday, Augusta National was playing soft but long. Greens were holding shots, but everyone was quick to suggest that the course was playing longer than they've ever seen it. It also appeared that course officials set up the course more difficult, adding a few changes to greens and bunkers.

    However, despite the moist conditions, the field played well overall and there are 28 players who find themselves under par going into Friday.

    Let's take a look at the field and where everyone stands after the first round.

Tiger Woods

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    Four-time champion Tiger Woods struggled off the tee box all day, only hitting six of 14 fairways.

    "Today, I squeezed a lot out of that round," Woods said. "Didn't hit it very good at all. Warmed up bad, too, and it continued on the golf course. I just felt my way around today. I really grinded, stayed very present. And you know, I know how to play this golf course. I think it's just understanding what I need to do."

    Tiger shot a 72 and stands at even par going into Friday.

Phil Mickelson

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    Phil Mickelson was up and down all day, making five birdies, four bogies and a triple bogie on the 10th.

    Phil shot a 74 on Thursday and is seven back from the top of the leaderboard. He will need to play much better on Friday if he hopes to have a chance at his fourth green jacket.

Rory McIlroy

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    Rory McIlroy bounced back after a double bogie on the first hole to shoot a 1-under 71.

    Rory looks to play four solid rounds in the 2012 Masters after giving his lead away last year when he shot a miserable 80 on Sunday.

Charl Schwartzel

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    Defending champion Charl Schwartzel shot a respectable 72 in the first round of the 2012 Masters.

    Schwartzel looks to become the first player to win back-to-back tournaments at Augusta National since Tiger Woods did it in 2001 and 2002.

Jim Furyk

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    Jim Furyk played a bogie-free first round, totaling 16 pars and two birdies. Furyk looks to win his first green jacket and second major championship of his career.

Vijay Singh

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    Vijay Singh finds himself at 2 under and only three shots back of the leader. He had a very up-and-down round on Thursday but finished strong to shoot a respectable 70.

    Singh won the 2000 Masters and hasn't won a major championship since winning the PGA Championship in 2004.

Adam Scott

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    Adam Scott really struggled on Thursday. He bogied four of five holes on the front nine and shot a 3-over 75.

    Scott needs to play well on Friday if he hopes to make field over the weekend.

Zach Johnson

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    Zach Johnson played a solid first round and shot a 2-under 70. Johnson finds himself three shots back of the lead going into Friday.

    Johnson hopes to win his second green jacket and second major overall, winning the Masters (his only major championship) in 2007.

Bubba Watson

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    33-year-old Bubba Watson looks to win the first major championship of his career. Watson shot an excellent 3-under 69 in the first round at Augusta National.

    Watson is well in the hunt to join the elite group of green jackets.

Hideki Matsuyama

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    Hideki Matsuyama, at 20 years old, played a solid round on Thursday, shooting a 1-under 71. Matsuyama made his name known when he won the Asian Amateur Championship at age 18.

    Matsuyama, playing in only his second Masters, looks to make his name known nationally with a strong performance at the 2012 Masters.

Lee Westwood

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    Lee Westwood is the sole leader after the first round of the 2012 Masters at Augusta National. Westwood made seven birdies and finished a round of 67 for the low round of the day.

    After finishing second at the Masters in 2010, Westwood looks to earn his first green jacket with a win on Sunday.

    Westwood also placed second at the 2010 British Open, tied for third at the 2009 PGA Championship and placed third twice at the U.S. Open in 2008 and 2011. Westwood has yet to win a major championship.