Masters Leaderboard 2013: Knee-Jerk Reaction to Early 1st-Round Scores

Chris ImperialeCorrespondent IApril 11, 2013

Tiger Woods is the favorite once again.
Tiger Woods is the favorite once again.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The 77th Masters has kicked off this morning at Augusta National Golf Course as the 2013 leaderboard takes shape early in the first round. 

The rain isn’t falling, which means the course is in great condition for low scores.

Honorary starters Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus got us started at the first hole before Sandy Lyle, Nathan Smith, and John Peterson teed off to begin the tournament.

With more than half of the field out on the course now, players are making their early push to join the top of the leaderboard.

David Lynn and Jim Furyk are the early leaders sitting at four-under par and continuing play on the back nine.

Behind them is a collection of golfers at two-under par, headlined by Justin Rose.

Big names like Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter have started their rounds, all currently at even par.

They say you can’t win a major championship on Thursday but you can lose one.  Everyone’s goal today is to play a solid round to keep in contention for the weekend.

However, with bad weather being predicted, guys could be pressing a little more in order to produce a high quality score.  Posting a really low number today would be a great kick-start toward winning the green jacket.

One guy everyone will have their eye on Thursday and for the rest of the tournament is consensus favorite Tiger Woods. 

Woods teed off with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy just before 11 a.m. ET.  According to Justin Ray of ESPN Golf, Tiger has been in the same group with Luke Donald for five rounds since 2006 and is a combined 24-under par in those rounds.  Tiger will hope that trend continues.

Another notable name about to tee off is Tianlang Guan, who is making his first Masters appearance at the incredible age of 14.  He’ll start his journey to making the cut with Ben Crenshaw and Matteo Manassero at 12:24 p.m. ET.