Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Spieth Is Back in His Comfort Zone at the Masters

Spieth Is Back in His Comfort Zone at the Masters

O'Meara followed up his Masters victory by capturing the British Open three months later at Royal Birkdale, becoming a dual major victor at the age of 41.

Kuchar had five birdies on the back nine to join him on 68.

They might yet be the foundation of a winning total but he will have to go some to catch Spieth, who set fire to Augusta National with five consecutive birdies from the 13th hole. He drove into the trees at the last but a sublime chip ensured only one dropped shot.

Finau made a hole-in-one in front of his son in the par-3 tournament on Wednesday, sprinted toward the hole and turned his left ankle into an illustration of a dogleg. "The way I felt this morning wasn't great, " he said.

But the biggest story of the round was Garcia. "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". "It's the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot".

Masters leader Jordan Spieth says he is just "one round down out of six" such is the difficulty of playing at Augusta and is ready to have to grind out victory over the coming days. "Unfortunately they just didn't continue".

"Tiger Woods was the last golfer to win back-to-back Masters" tournaments way back in 2002 so it was always going to be a massive stretch for the Spaniard to back up his maiden major win twelve months ago this week.

He has had an encouraging season to date, finishing joint second and tied fifth in his most recent PGA Tour events last month.

The former world number one also sent galleries scurrying with shots at the 13th and 15th holes and dumped his tee shot at the par-three 12th into Rae's Creek.

The four times victor was optimistic because of a flawless six-hole final stretch which comprised two birdies as well as gave him a boost of confidence after fighting for the improved section of this rounded.

History has proven there are no guarantees at Augusta, but the betting money heading into Round 2 is the 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia won't come anywhere close to his second green jacket. "I feel like I'm kind of one round down out of six, so I'm not getting ahead of myself".

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It was also the highest ever score on the 15th hole.

The game of pursuit is on, and Rory McIlroy - seeking that final piece in the jigsaw to complete a career Grand Slam - is up for the challenge.

'Jordan had a pretty strong finish there but this is my best start in a few years, ' McIlroy said.

The Northern Irishman, who only needs the Masters to complete a career Grand Slam, made the flawless start with a birdie at the first hole.

Once he got his eye in after a change of glove on the back nine he could barely miss.

A number of wild drives meant Woods did well to be three over par after 12 holes and the 14-time major victor birdied the 14th and 16th to card a one-over par 73.

The 14-time major victor grabbed his first birdie with a delicate downhill putt at the third. He popped the bone back into place and finished the round, then had X-rays that evening and an MRI early Thursday.

Spieth rolled in a 14-foot eagle at the eighth, and two-putted from 40-feet for a birdie at 13.

The 2015 Masters champion finished day one two shots clear of Matt Kuchar - the man he beat to win The Open last July - and Tony Finau.

Woods was in danger of playing himself out of the tournament when he bogeyed the 11th and found the water with his tee shot on the 12th, but crucially salvaged a bogey after a mediocre pitch.

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