Jonas Blixt wasn’t the only one one of a record 24 first-time Masters competitors to get off to a good start in his debut as Jimmy Walker and Kevin Stadler joined him -- but some endured high numbers Thursday at Augusta.
Phil Mickelson shot 76, one off his high in 21 previous Masters. He made a short-game triple bogey on a hole (No. 7) where he had never made worse than bogey. He made a double bogey at 15, where his third shot spun back into the pond.
As Bill Haas found the top of the Masters leaderboard, he had a new source of help. He also avoided the trouble that struck several notables Thursday at Augusta National. Here are 5 Things to know from the first round of the Masters.
Mike McCoy isn't just satisfied to be at Augusta National. He set a goal of making the cut and knows he'll need to be more aggressive on Friday if he hopes to accomplish that after a first-round 6-over 78.
Defending champion Adam Scott and 2012 winner Bubba Watson looked good with 3-under 69s at Augusta National, but they trail Bill Haas by a shot after the opening round of the Masters. Recap the highlights here.
Only hours after tweaking his bad back, Louis Oosthuizen feared that he wouldn't be able to tee it up Thursday. But the South African woke up feeling fine and managed to post a 3-under 69 and sit one shot off the lead.
Rory McIlroy was the elder statesman in his first-round group with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. And while that provided an advantage at different points, the entire group gave us a glimpse of golf's future, and it looks pretty good.
Augusta National's par-3 12th looks like a cupcake on paper. So why was it the second-toughest hole Thursday at the Masters? You can ask Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel and . . . well the list keeps going.
Instead of letting a trio of stumbles at Amen Corner derail his round, Brandt Snedeker remained patient at Augusta National and fired a 2-under 70 to be in the thick of things heading into the second round.
Jonas Blixt, a Masters rookie, sought advice from fellow Swede Henrik Stenson, a veteran of eight previous Masters appearances. Other than a few mistakes – notably a drive left at No. 2 – Blixt made a solid debut.