Masters: Jordan Spieth leads but it's an unlucky 13 for Sergio Garcia

Saturday, 07 Apr, 2018

Spieth led wire-to-wire in 2015 and tied Woods' 72-hole scoring record of 270.

GRAND SLAM: McIlroy posted his second-best score in the opening round in 10 Masters appearances.

Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are in the picture at 70, Pre-tournament favorite Justin Rose is at even par and Dustin Johnson, the world's top-ranked player, is at 73.

Parziale, who on Wednesday got to play a nine-hole practice round with his golfing hero, Tiger Woods, called his round "frustrating, " adding, "It's so great to play here, but just frustrating that I played bad". On one more occasion he saved himself from a double and also saved a par. "I looked forward to this week for a really long time, and to see the possibility of that slipping away; you know, I was really ecstatic to be walking to the first tee".

-Finau led the tournament at one point, 24 hours after he dislocated his ankle at the Par-3 Contest when he ran wildly at a green after making a hole-in-on and turned the ankle. The diagnosis: high ankle sprain, no broken bones.

And go he did.

"I was fractionally off", Mickelson said.

Tonight's plan? "Elevate and ice", he said, smiling.

Kuchar had a similar run on the second nine after two early bogeys and played his last 11 holes at 6 under, without another blemish on his card. With the way he has been putting (he's ranked 185th in Strokes Gained: Putting this season), there were no guarantees that his Masters mojo would continue.

Next year, or the year after, or five years on, Spieth will be standing on the 12th tee, on Sunday, staring down the exact same tucked pin on the hole that has effectively taken two green jackets away from him already.

"I was pretty sure they weren't feeling anticipation about me", quipped Tommy Fleetwood, who joined Woods in a threesome that also included Marc Leishman. "It's like being governor and coming back to be governor again", he said. His quadruple-bogey opened the door for Danny Willett to walk into Butler Cabin as the Masters champion.

"This golf course specifically, brings out a lot of feel in my game, and I think that's advantageous", he said.

The 13th and 15th both played to an average of 4.644, although the 13th was officially the easiest after giving up two eagles and 42 birdies, while the 15th was the scene of defending champion Sergio Garcia's nightmare 13. "It's the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot", Garcia said.

Tiger Woods felt the love, but it was Jordan Spieth who heard the roars as he surged to a two-stroke lead in the Masters Thursday with a scintillating six-under par 66.

The Spaniard had five shots roll into the water at the par-3 hole, leading to a 13 that matched the highest score in Masters history.

"The nerves really were simply normal". Never miss once on TV for the Masters.

Woods has been absolutely crushing golf courses of late, too.

Buckle up, Haotong. There is much more golf to be played.