Live blog: Jordan Spieth (-6) leads Masters after opening 66

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Live blog: Jordan Spieth (-6) leads Masters after opening 66

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Live blog: Jordan Spieth (-6) leads Masters after opening 66

The first major of the season is here! Yes, the Masters is on tap this week and we are all so excited.

We will be tracking all the action out of Augusta National. Follow along below…

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UPDATE No. 37 (7:40 p.m. ET): Here’s a recap of the round. Spieth leads (what else is new?).

UPDATE No. 36 (7:10 p.m. ET): Spieth pitched out kind of backwards, hit his third shot from 262 yards left of the green. But he pitched from there within inches. That’s a closing bogey, but Spieth fires a 6-under 66 for a two-shot lead after 18 holes.

UPDATE No. 35 (6:52 p.m. ET): McIlroy gets in at 3-under 69. That puts him in a tie for fourth. Spieth had to pitch out at 18. So he may finish the round with a bogey or worse. This could get real interesting real quick.

UPDATE No. 34 (6:47 p.m. ET): And another birdie at 17! That’s five in a row! He’s now 7 under overall and has a three-shot lead.

UPDATE No. 33 (6:42 p.m. ET): Jordan Spieth’s middle name is probably Augusta at this point.

He birdies 15 and 16 to make it four straight. That gives him a two-shot lead at 6 under. And he’s close at 17, too. This is just amazing.

UPDATE No. 32 (6:01 p.m. ET): Finau drains a 13-footer for par at 18 for a 4-under 68. That gives him the clubhouse lead (and he shares the overall lead with Jordan Spieth). What a story after what happened yesterday with a scary ankle injury.

UPDATE No. 31 (5:57 p.m. ET): Jordan Spieth birdies 14 for back-to-back birdies .He moves to 4 under and tied for the lead with Tony Finau.

McIlroy is still two back (with four to play). Mickelson has birdied 15 to move to 1 under.

UPDATE No. 30 (5:42 p.m. ET): Finau is the solo leader again at 4 under. Li bogeys 18 to fire a 3-under 69. He ties the clubhouse lead shared by four others (Stenson, Reed, Hoffman and Hadwin). Finau has just one hole to play.

UPDATE No. 29 (5:34 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy birdies No. 13 to move to 2 under. He’s now just two back. And Jordan Spieth birdies 13 to move within one at 3 under. Wow, are we in for a treat.

UPDATE No. 28 (5:15 p.m. ET): Tony Finau birdies 15 to move back into a share of the lead at 4 under. Li is 4 under with one to play.

UPDATE No. 27 (5:01 p.m. ET): Haotong Li has gone bogey-birdie-birdie-birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie on the back nine thus far. That moves him to 4 under through 16 and into the solo lead as Finau has dropped back to 3 under.

Quite a crazy day this is thus far. Jordan Spieth is 2 under through 10. Fred Couples is now 1 under after a third straight birdie at 13. Rory McIlroy is also 1 under (through 11). Phil Mickelson is 1 over through 12.

UPDATE No. 26 (4:42 p.m. ET): Boom Boom never ceases to make noise at Augusta.

He certainly did with this bunker birdie at the 12th. Another at 13 moved him back to even par. He’s now T-15 still at even with four holes to play.

UPDATE No. 25 (4:31 p.m. ET): Tony Finau, what a fighter. This is seriously unbelievable.

The dude dislocated his left ankle yesterday in a gruesome way at the Par-3 Contest. A day later, he birdies 13 to move to 4 under and he now leads alone. Absolutely incredible. If you ever wondered if Finau was tough (for some reason), this lays to rest all doubts.

UPDATE No. 24 (4:11 p.m. ET): Jordan Spieth! His second shot into the par-5 eighth goes left but hops off a mound and kicks right, rolling about 15 feet below the hole. He drains the EAGLE putt to move to 2 under. Suddenly he’s within two!

Rory McIlroy is 1 under through eight and Phil Mickelson is even par through nine.

UPDATE No. 23 (4:03 p.m. ET): Sergio Garcia is in with a 9-over 81. What a shocker hat one is.

The top of the leaderboard now shows Stenson, Hoffman and Hadwin all tied at 4 under. All three are close to finishing their rounds. Patrick Reed, Tony Finau and Haotong Li are all 3 under with a few holes to play.

The clubhouse lead is shared by Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman and Bernd Wiesberger at 2 under.

UPDATE No. 22 (3:18 p.m. ET): The twists and turns continue. Charley Hoffman is now your solo leader at 4 under after a birdie at 14. Remember, he was the first-round leader last year. Three players, including Stenson and Finau, are one back. Oh, and Sergio Garcia just hit five balls in the water at 15 and made a 13!!! He’s now 10 over and in second to last place.

UPDATE No. 21 (3 p.m. ET): What a turn.

Leishman runs a chip into the water and makes double bogey at 15 to fall to 2 under. That means Stenson now leads alone at 4 under (through 13).

UPDATE No. 20 (2:26 p.m. ET): An update on all the big names: Justin Thomas is 1 under through 12. Phil Mickelson is 1 under through three. Rory McIlroy had birdied the first and parred the second to also sit 1 under. Jordan Spieth pars his opening hole as does Dustin Johnson. Sergio Garcia is 1 over through 12, while Jason Day is 3 over through the same amount of holes. Tiger Woods is 3 over through 13.

UPDATE No. 19 (2:22 p.m. ET): Henrik Stenson has moved into a share of the lead at 3 under with Marc Leishman. Tony Finau, by the way, is indeed playing and he’s 1 under through six and two back. Great stuff.

UPDATE No. 18 (1:45 p.m. ET): What a start for Phil! Mickelson drains a 46-footer for an opening birdie. He’s quickly makes it to 1 under.

UPDATE No. 17 (1:29 p.m. ET): We want to recognize an incredible fight back. Ted Potter Jr. was 5 over through 11 and then birdied five of his next six to get back to even par. He bogeyed 18, but a 1-over 73 after where he was is still a miracle. It gives hope to Jason Day, who is currently 4 over through eight.

UPDATE No. 16 (1:20 p.m. ET): Tiger Woods opens in 1-over 37 and is four back of the lead. That lead is now shared between Leishman and Singh! Yep, Vijay birdies 13 to move back to 3 under.

UPDATE No. 15 (12:47 p.m. ET): Singh birdies the 11th to move to 2 under. The 55-year-old is back within one.

UPDATE No. 14 (12:40 p.m. ET): Marc Leishman stuffs his second shot at the par-4 seventh and rolls in the 5-footer for birdie. That moves him to 3 under and into a two-shot lead. Patrick Reed, Henrik Stenson, Vijay Singh, Charley Hoffman, Trevor Immelman, Sandy Lyle and Satoshi Kodaira are all T-2 at 1 under. Remember, Leish is playing with Tiger.

UPDATE No. 13 (12:34 p.m. ET): Sandy Lyle birdies Nos. 2 and 3 to move to 1 under and within one. He’s 60 years old. A 55-year-old Vijay Singh is also 1 under (through 10).

UPDATE No. 12 (12:25 p.m. ET): Here’s your updated leaderboard. Leishman still leads. The reigning U.S. Amateur champion is one back.

UPDATE No. 11 (11:50 a.m. ET): Marc Leishman, playing with Tiger Woods, is now the solo leader.

Leishman birdies Nos. 2 and 3 to move out in front at 2 under. He leads several players (including Thomas, Garcia and Singh) by one. Woods was one back after a birdie at the third. But he bogeys No. 4 to fall to even par.

UPDATE No. 11 (11:29 a.m. ET): Sergio Garcia and Justin Thomas both birdie the second to move to 1 under.

UPDATE No. 10 (11:22 a.m. ET): Vijay Singh bogeys No. 6 to fall to 2 under. He still leads alone. O’Meara and Marc Leishman are tied for second at 1 under.

UPDATE No. 9 (11:03 a.m. ET): Vijay Singh leads and Mark O’Meara sits in second. Are we in a time warp? Tiger Woods is tied for third after an opening par. What a start this is.

UPDATE No. 8 (10:54 a.m. ET): Vijay Singh is not stopping.

The 55-year-old birdies No. 4 and is now 3 UNDER! He leads by three! Again, he’s 55 years old! Yes, it’s extremely early, but that’s so, so impressive.

UPDATE No. 7 (10:24 a.m. ET): Vijay, baby! A birdie at No. 2, and he’s 2 under. He leads by one over Bernd Wiesberger and Satoshi Kodaira. Yes, just the early leaderboard we all expected. Tiger Woods is on the range, by the way.

UPDATE No. 6 (9:52 a.m. ET): Vijay Singh opens with birdie, and he’s now the solo leader over 11 players who sit at even par.

UPDATE No. 5 (9:15 a.m. ET): Moore has birdied the second as well. He’s already 2 under and leads by two.

UPDATE No. 4 (9:11 a.m. ET): Ryan Moore is now your solo leader at 1 under. Here is the early leaderboard:

UPDATE No. 3 (8:44 a.m. ET): And we have our first birdie!

Austin Cook birdies the first, and he moves to 1 under. He is currently the solo leader in the Masters.

UPDATE No. 2 (8:20 a.m. ET): The honorary starters ceremony is complete! The Masters has begun!

UPDATE No. 1 (7:45 a.m. ET): The honorary starters ceremony starts at 8:15 a.m. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are your honorary starters. The first group of competing players is off at 8:30.

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