The 2010 Masters is underway, and Round One is complete.
The day was filled with many interesting events, including 60-year-old Tom Watson finishing tied for second on the leaderboard with a 67.
In what was wildly anticipated as being the "Tiger Show," the opening round was very much business as usual at Augusta.
The Tiger drama was kept to a minimum, and golf was kept as the main focus.
The following are 10 observations that I made today during Round One. Please feel free to comment on my observations or add observations of your own.
Seventy-year-old, six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus reported to the tee box earlier than he had ever reported in his Masters career.
At 7:40, Nicklaus teed off with Arnold Palmer as honorary starters. Nicklaus enjoyed the moment, saying, "I hope that I'm invited back to do it again."
Don’t worry, Jack. I don’t think you will have to wait long for that invitation.
Wait, are we on the range? Or at the Masters?
Some Srixxon players chose to use the new Srixxon Tour Yellow at the Masters.
Yellow golf balls have rightfully gained the reputation of being cheap. However, the Srixxon Tour Yellow is far from cheap.
The truth of the matter is that these balls are comparable to the Titleist Pro V 1, Bridgestone Tour, Nike One Tour, and the Calaway HX Tour.
They will probably quickly find their way onto the tees of modest everyday golfers, who are tired of losing white balls in the rough.
The par-four 10th hole at Augusta caused the most problems for players in round one with a stroke average of 4.473.
Here is the day's tally:
- 5 Birdies
- 48 Pars
- 30 Bogeys
- 6 Double Bogeys
- 2 Others
The hole even gave Tiger trouble. After an eagle on eight and a birdie on nine, Tiger posted a bogey on the dreaded 10th.
Players will have to go back to the drawing board to improve on this hole in Round Two.
The youngster's poise in his first Masters was quite impressive.
Playing with seasoned veterans Bernhard Langer and Scott Verplank, Benjamin seemed to be as comfortable as one would be playing at the local municipal course.
He showed no signs of nerves or intimidation. He simply went out, played golf, and shot a 73 in his first ever Masters.
Coming off of rotator cuff surgery, Toms looked impressive.
He did not show any ill effects from the surgery, and looked like the Toms of old, posting a fine 69 for the first round.
If his shoulder holds up for the entire weekend, look for Toms to be competing late on Sunday.
I was very impressed with the CBS commentary during the morning rounds.
There was very little talk of Tiger Woods and the hoopla that follows him. Instead, the veteran commentators focused on golf.
Shocking, I know, but nice.
The 2010 Masters featured a field that included four teenagers, headlined by 16-year-old Matteo Manassero.
The youngest player in Masters history, Manassero played Round One like an aged veteran, starting the day with a birdie on the first hole.
Eighteen-year-old Ryo Ishikawa was equally impressive, starting out his day with two birdies.
The young talent in the Masters field is just another reason why the PGA golf is getting more exciting by the day. There is a lot to look forward to in the future.
This was no surprise to me, being that he is Tiger Woods, and he eats pressure for breakfast.
However, it is amazing that a guy could be out of golf for several months, and then just come back to the biggest tournament in golf and start out as solid as he did.
There is no doubt in my mind that he will not only finish in the top five, but contend for the title on Sunday.
Not impressive at all.
Vijay did not do much to help out sales of the Srixxon Tour Yellow balls.
Singh will likely have the weekend off, if he doesn't improve tremendously in Round Two.
Trevor Immelman, 2008 Masters champion, was hard to miss as he showed up for Round One of the Masters in one of the brightest pink shirts ever made.
His dress was only topped by one man.
Ryan Moore was looking sharp as he sported a necktie, which was cleverly tucked into his shirt to keep it out of the way.