News for Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Masters rookies enjoy good rounds, endure bad

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.

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Donald's 'dumb mistake' tops stars' woeful play

Luke Donald's "pretty dumb mistake" on the par-4 ninth hole sent him from bad to worse, but he wasn't the only star to struggle on Thursday at the Masters.

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Achie's Awards: From a 'moron' to brutal honesty

Our James Achenbach reflects on the day that was on Thursday at Augusta National, handing out awards to the likes of Mike Davis, Fred Couples, Craig Stadler and Jonas Blixt.

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Wobbly wedge play leads Phil Mickelson to 4-over 76

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.

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5 Things: Haas' new caddie; Reed's rough day; more

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.

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Amateur McCoy, 51, posts 78, still hopes to make cut

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.

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Tracker: Haas leads Masters after 1st round

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.

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He's back? Injury-prone Oosthuizen fires 69

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.

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Young guns survive Augusta National's wild ride

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.

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Augusta's 12th hole proves to be a gigantic pain

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.

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Despite rare penalty, Snedeker in contention at Augusta

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.

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Haas charts own path to early Masters lead

Jay Haas, a 16-time winner on the Champions Tour, only gets to see his son Bill play a handful of times each year. Thursday, father watched son take the early first-round Masters lead.

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Fitzpatrick, 19, overcomes nerves to hold his own

Playing alongside Adam Scott, 19-year-old amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick overcame a nervous start to manage a 4-over 76 – and used the round to learn from the defending Masters champ.

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Scott nearly flawless in posting 3-under 69

Adam Scott refused to get upset about any part of his 3-under 69, but he knows he left a couple of birdies out there after three-putting at two back-nine par 5s.

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Blixt solid in Masters debut, with a few slips

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.

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Crenshaw endures tough start to 43rd Masters

Ben Crenshaw experienced a tough start to his 43rd consecutive Masters Tournament with an 83, but he doesn't think Friday will be his last Masters start.

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Kevin Stadler outshines father with 2-under 70

After all the talk of the first father-son duo to compete in Masters, Kevin Stadler shot a 2-under 70 in the first-round at Augusta National to outshine his father.

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Thursday Musings: Players' Masters quotes on Twitter

We'll keep you posted with quotes from players at Augusta National or watching the Masters afar via their Twitter accounts during Thursday's first round.

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Big Three offer big thrills to open 2014 Masters

The Masters honors golf's greats, as well as tradition, by having Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus kick off the start of competitive action at Augusta National.

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Breakout season continues for S. Carolina

South Carolina is proving that the 2013-14 season is the team's breakout season and they are willing to take it the distance in the postseason.

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Eason's strong play for UCF peaks at right time

Central Florida's Greg Eason has 16 top-10 finishes over his last 17 events, and hopes to continue that over his last three tournaments for the Knights.

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SCORES: The Masters, Round 1

Follow the leaderboard from the first round of the 2014 Masters.