The Masters: Day One Takeaways

The first round took place yesterday at Augusta National, and we see a familiar sight on the leaderboard. Last year’s champion, Jordan Spieth, sits atop leaderboard in first place. After an exciting first day, here are 5 things we can observe.

  1. Jordan Spieth has found his game. Earlier this week, Spieth admitted he wasn’t playing as well as he would have hoped to be heading into Augusta. Fast forward to now and he seems to have found something. Spieth looked in total control of game and expect that to co ti he into the weekend.
  2. The winning score will not be 18 under par again. Today we saw the breeze pick up and it had its effect on the players. Bubba Watson had a gust of wind blow a 4-foot putt about 4 inches off line. We saw world number one, Jason Day, struggle with the wind and proceeded to shoot a 41 on the back nine. Rickie Fowler, a popular pick this week, ended the day shooting 80. It will be hard for any player to post that low of a score with the course playing tough and the windy weather.
  3. Bryson DeChambeau will be a stud. He ended up shooting an even par, 72. He is tied for 21st. All in all, that is not bad for an amateur who is playing his first round at Augusta. He played solid all day long and made many big putts along the way. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his name climb up the leaderboard at some point this weekend.
  4. Ernie Els needs to change something with his putting. Change grips, putters, putt with driver, anything really, it can’t be worse than it was today. He seven putted the first hole. Six of them were from inside 2 feet….. yes you read that right, 2 feet. If you didn’t see it, I’m just going to leave this here…..
  5. We are set up for a great weekend. Big names are on top and near the top of the leaderboard and as the tournament goes on it should only get better. Winds are expected to blow for the next three days as well and that should keep someone from running away with the lead.

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