The Masters 2017: 5 things we learnt after the first round

Ross Houston
April 7, 2017

"It sucks. I want to play", the American told reporters.

Mixed start: Adam Scott.

The American, heavily fancied to win the title after victories in his last three tournaments, slipped on stairs in his rental house on Wednesday sparking immediate speculation he would not be able to play.

So, after his second quadruple bogey in 22 Augusta holes (this year and last), Spieth hit a handsome tee-shot to the par-three 16th, and clawed a shot back with a birdie.

"I'm disappointed. I was 1-under at the turn and felt like I could've done the same on the back", Haas said.

"For lack of any better words", Hoffman said, "it was a dream".

William McGirt has become the first player to shoot in the 60s on a challenging day at Augusta National.

But with conditions expected to improve through the weekend, there's a host of capable challengers looking to fill the void left by the withdrawal of Johnson, the world's No. 1 player and a heavy favorite at the season's first major. "So I just don't feel like there's any chance of me competing".

"You're trying to hit these small targets and the wind's going from 15 to 20 to 40".

Spieth said the quadruple-bogey blowout put him under pressure for the following three days.

Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of the first three holes in the company of rising star Jon Rahm, who looked far more solid as he started with a succession of pars.

He birdied two of the par fives (two and 13) and also five and 16.

Clearly in pain during a limited warmup session, Johnson still meant to at least try to play Thursday.

No Masters victor has ever made worse than 7 on a hole during the tournament and it's safe to say that Spieth will not be winning the tournament this year. That narrows the list of potential winners down to Hoffman and McGirt. And feeling like he could do no wrong, Hoffman hammered a pitching wedge to 3 feet on the 17th for a fourth straight birdie.

His approach to the 18th was headed for the bunker when it hit the side of it by a few inches and caromed onto the green.

Johnson was scheduled to be in the final group of the day with Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker so no groups would be held up behind them, and Ridley said he informed Johnson he would be allowed to have up to 15 cumulative minutes of therapy done during the round. The average score was 74.98, the highest for an opening round since 2007. He rallied with a pair of birdies to finish at 71, among just 11 players to break par heading into Friday.

So was does that make a 65?

Which was everything Johnson was not.

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