The 2013 Masters has officially teed off at Augusta, with Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman currently sharing the lead at six-under-par 66.
Former Masters champions Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Trevor Immelman are in the top 10. So is the talented Adam Scott, who is still searching for his first major. So is veteran Jim Furyk.
Here's a look at Friday's coverage of the 2013 Masters:
Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA
When: Friday, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Masters.com
Here are some notable pairings and tee times (via Masters.com):
Angel Cabrera, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott: 9:39 a.m.
Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace: 9:50 a.m.
Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer: 10:23 a.m.
Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Fredrik Jacobson: 10:34 a.m.
Mike Weir, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk: 12:13 p.m.
Brandt Snedeker, Ryo Ishikawa, Justin Rose: 12:24 p.m.
Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Graeme McDowell: 12:57 p.m.
Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Steven Fox: 1:30 p.m.
Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Scott Piercy: 1:41 p.m.
Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington: 1:52 p.m.
Most Disappointing Players on Day 1
Rory McIlroy (72)
Scoring an even-par 72 at the Masters isn't anything to get too down about, but this is the No. 2 player in the world we're talking about.
McIlroy made some nice putts on Thursday while posting five birdies, but he also registered five bogeys. He actually averaged 1.78 putts per hole (including two three-putts on the day), which was far behind the field's average.
Given the conditions were favorable at Augusta on Thursday—combined with the fact that the youngster was coming off a solid showing at the Texas Open—I expected a lot more.
McIlroy's inconsistency on Thursday mirrored his 2013 campaign thus far.
Keegan Bradley (73)
I was very high on Keegan Bradley coming into the 2013 Masters. The 2011 PGA Championship winner had posted four consecutive top-10 finishes this year headed into Augusta.
The 26-year-old appeared to be rounding out his game this year. He also averaged 27.75 putts per round at the Houston Open, tied for third in the field.
But Bradley had a rough day on Thursday, posting three bogeys en route to a one-over 73. He had two birdies on the day, certainly not enough to win at the Masters this year. That included one three-putt.
Bubba Watson (75)
I wasn't very high on the 2012 Masters champion this year, given he had posted just one top-10 finish in stroke play tournaments in 2013 and that was in January (Hyundai Tournament of Champions).
While Bubba Watson putted well at the 2012 Masters, people forget that putting hasn't been one of his strengths throughout his career. In fact, over the course of the 2012 campaign, Watson ranked 158th on tour in putting (strokes gained), per PGATour.com.
Watson had only one birdie on Thursday, while posting four bogeys. His putting game was way off. In fact, he averaged 1.94 putts per hole, tied for second to last in the field. That included a trio of three-putts on the day.
Steve Stricker (73)
Steve Stricker had three top-10 finishes in four PGA Tour events this year headed into Augusta on Thursday. On the other hand, the 46-year-old was also coming off a 38th-place finish at the Houston Open.
Even Stricker's well-documented putting game appeared to desert him. He averaged 1.67 putts per hole, worse than the field average.
He also struggled with his driving accuracy, hitting 10 of 18 fairways on the day.
On the other hand, Stricker closed strong after five bogeys, posting two birdies and an eagle in the final six holes. Perhaps that forecasts a turnaround for the veteran on Friday.
Ian Poulter (76)
While Ian Poulter is more known for his performance in match-play tournaments (including the 2012 Ryder Cup), he played very well in majors last year, notching a top-10 finish in every major except the U.S. Open. That included a seventh-place finish at Augusta.
But after a strong start to the 2013 campaign, Poulter has struggled as of late. That was clear at the Masters on Thursday.
The Englishman managed only one birdie in favorable conditions on Thursday, while posting five bogeys. He was behind the field average in such critical categories as driving accuracy, greens-in-regulation percentage and putting. He hit five of 14 fairways.
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