Masters Tournament 2013: Day 1 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

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Masters Tournament 2013: Day 1 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Sergio Garcia has certainly had his fair share of struggles at the Masters since his top-five finish at Augusta in 2004, but he was red-hot on Thursday at the 2013 Masters, posting a six-under-par 66 to begin the historic tournament.

Other notable golfers such as Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Trevor Immelman, Fred Couples, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott all finished in the top 10 (with ties).

Tiger Woods, the favorite this year, posted a two-under 70. Rory McIlroy finished at even par, while Phil Mickelson finished at one-under for the day.

 

Position Player Score
T1 Sergio Garcia -6
T1 Marc Leishman -6
3 Dustin Johnson -5
T4 David Lynn -4
T4 Rickie Fowler -4
T4 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano -4
T4 Trevor Immelman -4
T4 Fred Couples -4 
T4 Matt Kuchar -4
T10 Jim Furyk -3

Zach Johnson and Adam Scott also finished minus-three. Check out PGATour.com for the complete leaderboard.

 

Garcia finished with six birdies and no bogeys on Thursday, getting out of some tight spots in the process. He's always had the talent. If he can keep his composure down the stretch, that green jacket may not be as unattainable as he previously believed.

None other than Marc Leishman has posted a six-under 66 through one round of golf at the Masters. He started the day off with a bogey, but notched seven birdies the rest of the way.

Leishman had made only one appearance at the Masters before this year's tournament. That was in 2010, when the Australian missed the cut. He hasn't participated in the tournament in the last two years. Given there is so much emphasis placed on studying the course at Augusta, this is certainly a surprising start for the 29-year-old. He posted a 72 in the first round at Augusta in 2010.

There's also the fact that Leishman has posted only one top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this year (Sony Open), and he missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Houston Open in late March.

Despite being 53 years old, Fred Couples started off the 2013 Masters on fire, posting a four-under 68 on Thursday. 

Couples, who has 11 career top-10 finishes at the Masters (including a victory in 1992), placed sixth at Augusta in 2010 and tied for 12th last year. He finished tied for 46th at his only PGA Tour event this year (Northern Trust Open), but he's posted two top-five finishes in three Champions tournaments.

Rickie Fowler had a very odd, yet ultimately successful day. He posted two double bogeys on Thursday (on holes 1 and 10), but also registered six birdies and one eagle (on hole No. 15) en route to a four-under 68.

The 24-year-old has yet to capture a major in his career and he tied for 27th place at the Masters last year, but he did notch a fifth-place finish (tie) at the 2011 British Open. He's coming off a third-place finish (tie) at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and he already has three top-10 finishes this year.

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Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters champion, placed 60th at Augusta last year, but he tallied a four-under 68 on Thursday. The 33-year-old sank four birdies on the day.

Immelman finished up right before 14-year-old Tianlang Guan, who surprised everyone by posting a one-over 73 on his first day ever at the Masters. The Asia-Pacific Amateur champion had five bogeys on Thursday, but he also nailed four birdies, including a splendid putt to close out the day on the 18th.

And don't forget about Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott, who each posted a score of three-under 69 on the first day. 

Furyk has four career top-10 finishes at the Masters. He finished 11th last year, and he's coming off a third-place tie at the Texas Open.

Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, hasn't placed better than 20th since his historic four days at Augusta. He finished tied for 32nd last year and has failed to post a top-10 finish yet this year. That includes missing the cut in three separate tournaments.

Scott has registered three career top-10 finishes at the Masters, including an eighth-place finish (tie) last year. The 32-year-old is coming off a 30th-place finish (tie) at the Tampa Bay Championship, but he finished knotted in third at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Tiger registered three birdies and one bogey on the day. McIlroy had five birdies, but he also had five bogeys. Mickelson had three bogeys in his first seven holes, but he posted four birdies to one bogey over the last seven holes.

 

Highlights

Lee Westwood made a pretty birdie putt on the 13th.

Tiger hit his first shot on the 12th like he had something to prove.

D.A. Points made his presence known by sinking a chip shot on hole No. 11.

Tianlang Guan nailed a winding putt on hole No. 3.

Rory McIlroy made a beautiful putt on hole No. 6, complete with a fist pump.

Guan finished like a pro on Thursday, despite being just 14 years old.

 

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