Day 1 of the 2013 Masters Tournament featured some big names with some big scores. A vintage Sergio Garcia showed up to tie for the early lead at six under, while world No. 1 Tiger Woods is at a very comfortable two-under.
While the first day saw most of the top golfers stay near the top of the leaderboard, some of the world's best struggled and will look to improve on Day 2 at Augusta National.
Here are some expectations on how the second round will fare for some of golf's elite Friday.
Fowler only made a couple big mistakes that prevented him from having a monster eight-under in the first round. Even after double-bogeying hole Nos. 1 and 10, Fowler made six birdies throughout his round while also scoring an eagle on the par-five 15.
Fowler won’t get started like he did yesterday, but I don’t expect him to shoot birdie or better on almost half the holes he played.
Expect Fowler to stay at the top of the leaderboard after making five birdies and two bogeys with a score of 69.
McIlroy had a lot to prove coming into the 2013 Masters. After having an up-and-down season, the former world No. 1 wanted to get back on track and put in a good first round at the Masters.
Instead, Rory’s sporadic play continued yesterday, shooting an even-par round of 72, but it’s not like he scored even throughout his round. After shooting a two-over front nine, things came undone on the back, when he shot two over with five bogeys in nine holes.
I think Rory cleans it up a bit, but the score won’t reflect his good play. I expect McIlroy to get to two under, but that’s it.
Let’s just say it wasn’t the best round for the reigning Masters champion Thursday. The front nine of Augusta National did Bubba in on Round 1, shooting three bogeys with only one birdie. The rest of the round was pretty solid for Watson, shooting mostly par the rest of the way.
Right now, the projected cut is at four over. If Bubba doesn’t improve his play today, he’ll ensure he will be putting the green jacket on someone else on Sunday.
I think Watson improves slightly in the second round. Expect a couple more birdies as Watson shoots one under to avoid the cut.