The first day of the Masters was very productive for many players as there were 50 players who shot par or better.
Chad Campbell leads the field at -7, after recording birdies on the first five holes, a Master’s record.
If not for a bogey-bogey finish, Campbell would have shot a 63 and been three strokes up on Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan; both of whom shot a 66 to Campbell’s 65.
Tiger Woods, who finds himself in a tie for 20th after shooting a first round 70, continues to display futility in the first round; Woods has never broken 70 in the first round of the Masters.
Tiger was in position to shoot a 68, but after missing makeable birdie putts at 16 and 17, Woods made a complete mess of 18 and finished with a bogey.
Tiger shouldn’t be too concerned, however, three of his Green Jackets have come after shooting a 70 in the first round.
Padraig Harrington, the winner of the last two majors last season, summed up the day by saying it was, "Probably as easy a day as I've ever seen at Augusta."
Harrington finds himself in a tie for 14th after shooting an opening round 69.
One thing that the top competitors have in common is that they experienced some better-than-expected success on holes 8-10.
Among the toughest holes on the course, excluding number eight which typically scores well, there were a lot of surprising red figures posted on these three holes today.
Hole 8: Yellow Jasmine, Par 5, 570 yards
Yellow Jasmine played particularly easy on this beautiful day at Augusta.
The eighth hole yielded only nine bogeys on the day, and there were 25 birdies recorded.
Playing as the 13th most difficult hole, out of 18 of course, the long par-five played to a 4.8 average on the day.
An interesting point to note is that of the four par-fives, No. 8 was the only one to not yield an eagle; there were two eagles registered on No. 2 and 13, as well as one eagle recorded on No. 15.
Of the 50 players to shoot par or better, only four of them were responsible for the nine bogeys on the day; none shot better than a 71.
Hole 9: Carolina Cherry, Par 4, 460 Yards
The ninth hole played as the seventh most difficult hole on the day.
Only 12 birdies were recorded on the day, as opposed to 23 bogeys and one double bogey.
Three of the players who shot in the 60’s bogeyed the ninth hole; of holes 8-10, the ninth hole was the only one to be bogeyed by any of the players who shot in the 60’s.
The ninth hole was more disastrous for the 50 players who shot par or better than it was helpful. 10 of those 50 players bogeyed No. 9, seven of them recorded birdies.
The ninth hole was played to a 4.1 average.
Hole 10: Camellia, Par 4, 495 Yards
Camellia lived up to the hype.
The 10th hole played as the second most difficult hole of the day playing to a 4.3 average.
Only eight birdies were recorded on the 10th hole. Only two other holes recorded fewer birdies on the day; the first hole yielded only seven birdies and played as the third toughest on the day, and the fourth hole, playing as the toughest of the day, surrendered only four birdies.
There were 26 bogeys and six double bogeys recorded on the 10th hole.
Of those same 50 players who shot par or better, 10 of them were responsible for bogeys and Dustin Johnson recorded a double bogey.
Only five of those 50 players were able to record a birdie.
None of the players who shot in the 60’s recorded worse than a par on the 10th hole.
Hunter Mahan and Nick Watney were the only players of the 50 who recorded a par or better to play holes 8-10 at -2; no one recorded a -3 over these three holes.
Only one other player, Louis Oosthuizen, shot a -2 on these three holes; he finished with a first round 73.
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