Masters 2017 live blog: Charley Hoffman opens up huge lead at Augusta

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Masters 2017 live blog: Charley Hoffman opens up huge lead at Augusta

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Masters 2017 live blog: Charley Hoffman opens up huge lead at Augusta

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Masters First-round Live Blog

UPDATE No. 57 (8:13 p.m. ET): The round is over, and Hoffman is the leader by four at 7 under. Only 11 players broke par on Day 1.

UPDATE No. 56 (7:13 p.m. ET): McIlroy closes out an even-par 72 while Rahm goes bogey-bogey for a 1-over 73.

UPDATE No. 55 (7:05 p.m. ET): Nobody else can pass McGirt’s 3-under number, so Hoffman will have a four-shot lead at day’s end.

UPDATE No. 54 (6:43 p.m. ET): Jon Rahm moved to 1 under with a birdie at 15. But he misses a short one at 16 to move to 2 under. That’s got to sting.

UPDATE No. 53 (6:40 p.m. ET): What a fight back from Rory McIlroy. He was 3 over through 12 but birdied 13, 15 and 16 to move back to even par. He goes from on the edge of an awful start to on the verge of a great one.

UPDATE No. 52 (6:37 p.m. ET): Wow. Hoffman played 18 beautifully, leaving himself 16 feet for birdie. He comes up a couple of revolutions short for a closing birdie and 64. But a 7-under 65 and a four-shot will do. Unbelievable.

UPDATE No. 51 (6:20 p.m. ET): This is ridiculous. Hoffman stuffs it again, this time to 4 feet and makes the putt and now he’s 7 under, and 8 under in his last 12. That’s four straight birdies, too, and five in his last six. His lead is four.

UPDATE No. 50 (6:05 p.m. ET): Another hole, another birdie. Hoffman stuffs it to 5 feet at 16 and he’s now 6 under. He’s three ahead. This is an unbelievable round in tough conditions.

UPDATE No. 49 (5:51 p.m. ET): What’s up, Charley Hoffman. A birdie at 15, his third in four holes, moves him to 5 under and a two-shot lead. It’s windy out here, too. This round is incredible work.

UPDATE No. 48 (5:44 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy is dangerously close to letting this round get away, but he’s fighting that off. A fantastic par save at No. 11 and he comes up short at 13 but the ball stays on the bank. He actually makes birdie from there to move back to +2.

UPDATE No. 47 (5:41 p.m. ET): Bernhard Langer is just 1 over, but it’s been an eventful 1 over.

UPDATE No. 46 (5:35 p.m. ET): Dufner is in with a 1-under 71. McGirt still technically has the round of the day by two shots.

UPDATE No. 45 (5:25 p.m. ET): Charley Hoffman with another big blow. He rolls in a 22-footer for birdie at 14 to move to 4 under and the outright lead.

UPDATE No. 44 (5:15 p.m. ET): What a comeback from Ernie Els. The Big Easy was 3 over on the day, but he’s now birdied four of his last five holes. Three straight birdies from Nos. 15-17. He’s still got plenty of game!

UPDATE No. 43 (5:05 p.m. ET): Charley Hoffman took a share of the lead at 3 under by rolling in an 11-foot putt at the 12th. He followed that with a water ball for his second on the par-5 13th, but he then rolled in an 11-footer for par to stay at 3 under. With Dufner 2 under through 16, they are the closest pursuers to McGirt.

UPDATE No. 42 (4:39 p.m. ET): William McGirt is in with 3-under 69. That’s the round of the day so far. In fact, by two shots. The Masters rookie is the solo leader by one, as Jason Dufner bogeys 15 to fall to 2 under. Charley Hoffman is 2 under through 11.

UPDATE No. 41 (4:23 p.m. ET): Phil Mickelson shoots 1-under 71 and the 46-year-old is just two back. Mickelson was 3 under through four in the round and let that go. But he’s T-4 with that 71, so a ton of positive stuff from this round.

UPDATE No. 40 (4:11 p.m. ET): Wow. Fitzpatrick double bogeys 18 to fall to 1 under. Spieth make a mid-range par putt to come in at 3-over 75. He was 1 under after that quad. Heck of a rally, and he’s in no way in bad position! Note: Pieters (E) and Fowler (1 over) also ended with double bogey.

UPDATE No. 39 (4:02 p.m. ET): William McGirt now takes a share of the lead with Matt Fitzpatrick at 3 under after birdie on 16. McGirt is a Masters rookie.

UPDATE No. 38 (3:50 p.m. ET): Jason Day birdies 15 and 16 to move back to 1 over. Rory McIlroy buries 15-footer for par at seven to stay 2 over. Both struggling a bit, but hanging in there on a tough day.

UPDATE No. 37 (3:35 p.m. ET): Fred Couples shoots 73! That’s only 1 over and four back. He’s now 57 years young.

UPDATE No. 36 (3:25 p.m. ET): Matt Fitzpatrick is your new solo leader at 3 under after a birdie on 15. He’s 22 years old, but he tied for fifth here last year.

UPDATE No. 35 (3:16 p.m. ET): This is unreal. Jordan Spieth makes a 9 at the 15th. Yes, a 9. That’s quadruple bogey for Spieth. Again. Two straight competitive rounds at Augusta he’s made a quadruple bogey. How did it happen? Spieth rolled his third back in the water, airmailed the green with his fifth, knocked his sixth well past the cup, putted some 6 feet short and left his putt for triple bogey short. Unbelievable, and from 1 under and tied for the lead two holes ago, he’s now 4 over and seven back.

UPDATE No. 34 (3:05 p.m. ET): Dustin Johnson speaks on WD.

UPDATE No. 33 (3:02 p.m. ET): If you’re wondering about Phil Mickelson, he cooled off after a 3 under start through four. But he’s still T-12 at even par through 13.

UPDATE No. 32 (2:51 p.m. ET): The tie is broken! Thomas Pieters, who dropped from 5 under to 1 under after another bogey on 15 came back with a birdie on 16 to take the solo lead at 2 under. Matt Fitzpatrick tied him, though, with a birdie at 14. These two co-lead.

UPDATE No. 31 (2:47 p.m. ET): It’s officially a 15-way tie for the lead, seriously.

UPDATE No. 30 (2:39 p.m. ET): Jordan Spieth is now tied for the lead after rolling in a 16-footer for birdie at 13. But really, so is everybody. There’s now a 13-way tie for the lead. Seriously, 13-way tie. Check the leaderboard for all the names.

UPDATE No. 29 (2:32 p.m. ET): Jordan Spieth faces No. 12 for the first time in competition since last year’s collapse, and he finds the green! Yay!!! He hit it to 34 feet and two-putted for par. What an improvement.

UPDATE No. 28 (2:12 p.m. ET): Well, it’s sad to see DJ gone, but through all that commotion, we actually had a five-way tie for the lead. Matt Fitzpatrick joins the crew at 2 under.

UPDATE No. 27 (2:10 p.m. ET): Nevermind.

UPDATE No. 26 (1:50 p.m. ET): It looks like he’s going to play.

UPDATE No. 25 (1:48 p.m. ET): More on DJ’s status.

UPDATE No. 24 (1:33 p.m. ET): As Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis reports, Dustin Johnson was feeling good prior to first range session but then had issues with range of motion and got treatment. He comes back for second range session and is hitting it more aggressively. Caddie and brother Austin is teeing it up for Dustin, though.

UPDATE No. 23 (1:31 p.m. ET): Justin Rose moves to 2 under through nine and ties lead. Still a four-way tie as Fowler bogey 11 to drop to 1 under.

UPDATE No. 22 (1:24 p.m. ET): Oof. Thomas Pieters hits an awful tee shot on No. 12 and it never comes close to clearing the fronting pond. Double bogey. He’s back to 2 under. Now a four-way tie for the lead with him, Fowler, Andy Sullivan and Kevin Chappell.

UPDATE No. 21 (1:21 p.m. ET): The Dustin Johnson mystery continues.

UPDATE No. 20 (1:15 p.m. ET): Pieters is human after all. The Belgian bogeys No. 11 to fall back to 4 under and two ahead of Rickie Fowler.

UPDATE No. 19 (1:05 p.m. ET): And now Dustin is confirmed on the range! He has to be playing at this point, we’d imagine.

UPDATE No. 18 (12:48 p.m. ET): Thomas Pieters makes it to 5 under and a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler after a birdie on No. 10. Ridiculous round in pretty windy conditions.

UPDATE No. 17 (12:43 p.m. ET): Dustin Johnson is reportedly on the property, ladies and gentlemen.

UPDATE No. 16 (12:32 p.m. ET): A couple of big names to keep you up to date on: Phil Mickelson makes back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 5 and 6 but is still 1 under. Jordan Spieth is even par late in his front nine.

UPDATE No. 15 (12:20 p.m. ET): Thomas Pieters is out in 4-under 32 and now has a two-shot lead at Augusta. He’s a Masters rookie, remember.

UPDATE No. 14 (11:52 a.m. ET): Philip. Alfred. Mickelson. The 46-year-old left-hander buries an 11-footer at the fourth for a birdie to move to 3 under. That ties Lefty for the lead.

UPDATE No. 13 (11:38 a.m. ET): After a slow start, it’s starting to get crazy now.  Guys are dumping into red numbers. The latest is Marin Kaymer, who pitches in for eagle at No. 2 to move to 2 under and one back.

UPDATE No. 12 (11:23 a.m. ET): Phil Mickelson, baby! Lefty nukes a drive 336 yards at the second, knocks his approach to 41 feet and drains the eagle putt. That has the 46-year-old 2 under through two and just one back. What a start!

UPDATE No. 11 (11:20 a.m. ET): Jordan Spieth is on the course now and he’s birdied No. 2 to move to 1 under. Phil Mickelson starts his round with a par.

UPDATE No. 10 (11:15 a.m. ET): Thomas Pieters is now the solo leader at 3 under after a birdie at the fifth after stiffing one to 5 feet.

UPDATE No. 9 (11:06 a.m. ET): Here. Comes. Rickie. Fowler shot an opening-round 80 at last year’s Masters in a surprising missed cut. This time, he’s 2 under through three after birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. Tied for the lead. It makes sense, as Fowler only has a win and four other top-16 finishes in his last five starts.

UPDATE No. 8 (10:55 a.m. ET): Thomas Pieters rolls in a 13-footer at the fourth and he’s now 2 under and tied for the lead. Remember this Belgian. You probably recall him from last year’s Ryder Cup, but he’s an extremely potent young talent aside from that.

UPDATE No. 7 (10:47 a.m. ET): Scott Piercy becomes the solo leader at 2 under after J.B. Holmes bogeys the fifth to move back to 1 under. Piercy bogeyed No. 1 but has posted three birdies since. Reminder: He was just two off the 36-hole lead last year.

UPDATE No. 6 (10:30 a.m. ET): Adam Hadwin starts bogey-bogey-birdie-birdie. That’s the way to create some excitement.

UPDATE No. 5 (10:00 a.m. ET): We’re starting to see more red numbers. Five players under par now. Chappell still leads at 2 under. Henley, Piercy, Lyle, Holmes are all 1 under.

UPDATE No. 4 (9:43 a.m. ET): We finally have someone reach 2 under. That would Kevin Chappell, who birdies Nos. 2 and 3 to take a one-shot lead. Three of 23 players under par.

UPDATE No. 3 (9:28 a.m. ET): Augusta National is taking no prisoners right now. Only Henley and Chappell (1 under) are bettering par right now. Henley is through six and Chappell through two. Of the 20 competitors on course, 13 are over par. Many are just a few holes in. If the wind picks up later as expected, we may be in for a U.S. Open.

UPDATE No. 2 (8:55 a.m. ET): Russell Henley birdies No. 4 to move to 1 under. He is now the solo leader by one.

UPDATE No. 1 (8:24 a.m. ET): We are off at the 2017 Masters! Your early leaders are Daniel Summerhays and Russell Henley, as both birdie No. 2 to move to 1 under.

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