AUGUST, GA. (AP) – Birds were as expensive as pearls on the first day of the Masters, the strings were even harder together. Two in a row practically crossed the collar. So when Just Astin Rose took the eagle-bird’s turn in Augusta National, few doubted that something really special was to come.
The Englishman did not disappoint.
From the green hill in the 5th, 8th part, the lucky bus placed an eagle putty, which erased Vard’s 2nd start, ignited the run, which saw him collect seven birds at the last 11 holes. Five of those poultry farms were 8 feet inside, and he made 12 feet equal to the green he had missed.
“If you had told me to go up to hole 8, I would have said, ‘No chance, this is a bit difficult to play,'” Rose recalled. “It simply came to our notice then. “It’s a good reminder that you just never know what might happen there, just to stay on the golf course.”
Rowe 65 left four shots from his distant pursuers, Brian Harman և Hideki Matsuyama, one day when only a dozen players were tied, և miles ahead of reigning champion Dustin John Onson (74) և a number of big names who will fight.
A quick sampling of some of the names you may have to assemble just to make the cut. Brooks Koepka, 74; Bryson De Chambo և Rory McIlroy (76); և Patrick Cantley (79). 2015 Masters champion Jordan Worman Spiet (71), Jon on Ram (72) and Just Astin Thomas (73) were safer.
“It was a battle. That is what I can say, “Rahm said. “There was not a moment when you felt calm or where I felt calm. “Everyone was quite tense.”
How tense? Well, the lightest moment of the day can happen when Macilro hit his father, Gary, with his approach, shooting at number 7.
“I knew he was my father when I threw him,” McIlroy then laughed. “I think he should just go and put some ice – maybe I’ll sign a bag of frozen peas for him.”
Speaking of autographs, Abraham Anser signed for 73, happily announcing that he was leaving the course. “He played well,” he said. “I’m not crazy or disappointed.”
But that was before the tournament officials struck him twice a few hours after video review showed Ancer and his club touching the sand in the No. 15 bunker.
Incredibly, it was not even the most brutal moment in that hole.
Shane Lowry’s eagle chip rolled slowly from the green to the hole, but somehow did not stop until it slipped from the green into the pond in front. Shortly afterwards, Bernd Weisberger wore an eagle on the left side of the green; ,
But the same number 15 turned his generous face to Spiet. With the green, his eagle chip seemed to be intended for the same watery grave when the flag interfered.
“It just wasn’t in the water,” Spiet said. “It may have reached the middle of the water.” “It’s probably the happiest break I’ve ever had, if not somewhere, because it was at least a three-shot break.”
It was such a day.
The masters were delayed due to an epidemic last April, and finally staged just five months ago in soft, productive conditions. After Thursday’s fiasco, most of the industry was going to lobby for a permanent return in November. It does nothing.
Instead, the green jackets took full advantage of the warm spring weather, allowing the greens to dry like the old toast. The average score in the first round was 74.5, more than three shots higher than in November, when 53 players finished the first day in red.
“I feel sorry for the first boys in November, and then they walk in there today thinking about what the hell is going on,” said Kevin Kissner, who shot 72.
The stage started quite well for all this, when the masters’ officials invited Lee Elder, the first golfer to take part in the tournament, to join six-time winner Jack E. Nicklaus and three-time champion Gary Player at the opening ceremony of the Tee-shot.
The elder’s health would not allow the duo to swing, but the 86-year-old raised her driver among the applauding women.
“My heart is very soft this morning, not very soft, soft, because of the wonderful things I have encountered since coming here,” said the Elder, sitting next to Nicklaus և the player, “being able to see some great friends. which I have done in recent years, especially to these two gentlemen here. “