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Jordan Spieth Leads After 1st Round Of The Masters
- Updated: April 7, 2016
Defending Masters champion Jordan Spieth wasted no time Thursday defending the title he won 12 months ago with a bogey-free -6 round. He carries a two stroke lead over Danny Lee and Shane Lowry.
Jordan Spieth played with the same precision that won this same event 12 months ago by firing 33’s on both the front and back nine. He’s the first defending champion to lead the first round of the Masters since Jack Nicklaus did in 1966.
World number 1 Jason Day had a hot start, shooting 5 under-par on the front 9 before running into trouble on the back nine to settle for an even par 72 round. Also, world number 3 Rory Mcllroy had an up and down round. Being -4 under with 3 holes left, Rory made bogeys on 16 and 18 to end his round at -2.
One of the more bizarre moments to happen in recent history was Ernie Els, who 7-putted (yes, this is really being said) the par-4 1st hole for a sextuple bogey. He would later finish +8 for the round. The video can bee seen here:
— CBC Sports (@cbcsports) April 7, 2016
New Zeeland’s Danny Lee stunned the field with a -4 1st round Thursday. This was his first trip to the Masters since missing the cut as an Amateur in 2009. Lee earned a spot in the year’s field as a result of his breakthrough win at the Greenbrier Classic last July.
Finally, Jimmy Walker won the Masters par 3 contest Wednesday with a score of 19 (−8), a new tournament record. Nine holes-in-one were made, surpassing the previous record of five set in 2002 and 2015. The players to record an ace were: Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Smylie Kaufman, David Lingmerth, Gary Player, Webb Simpson, Andy Sullivan, Justin Thomas, and eventual winner Jimmy Walker.