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Notes from Day One at the Masters: A Fan’s Take
Others are sure to discuss Lee Westwood and the leaders after round one of the Masters. I would like to focus instead on some of the other stories from the day. For me, Henrik Stenson has to be the lead. After making two eagles on the front nine and playing quite well, Stenson walked to the 18th tee box at 5-under par and held the lead. Then, following an adventure that included a shot that looked eerily similar to one of mine, he walked off the green at 18 1-under par and in a pack of players chasing the leader. I wonder when the last time a leader of the tournament took a snowman on 18 at the Masters. Perhaps it has never happened and Stenson wishes it had not happened to him on this day.
Then there was Phil Mickelson. The three-time champion struggled throughout his round hitting the ball in all the wrong places. Mickelson's struggles culminated on number 10 where he sent his drive left into the woods. In a post-round television interview Phil described his adventure on number 10 as "Tarzanious". Don't ask me how to spell that. Mickelson added that he did not know they had a jungle in Augusta. Needless to say Mickelson was unable to find his wayward drive and had to play his provisional ball. Mickelson went on to record a triple bogey on number 10, dropping him to 4-over par on his round. Ultimately, Mickelson was able to salvage his round and finished at 2-over par for the day.
Tiger Woods had his struggles on day one as well. However, after getting to 2-under par his bogey bogey finish dropped Woods to even par for the day. Fellow favorite, Rory McIlroy begin his first round with a double bogey on number one. Nevertheless he was able to right the ship and finished the first round at 1-under par.
Lastly there was the Luke Donald post-round scare. The scorers flagged Luke Donald's scorecard for review. The thought was that the world's number one player might have signed an incorrect scorecard. However, it turned out to be a mistake in the reading of the score and Donald correctly signed for his 3-over par 75.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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