Day one at Augusta is in the books. And already, some very interesting storylines have developed.
As the rest of the field battled tough conditions to play the Augusta National layout to an average of 3-over-par 75, Charley Hoffman came from nowhere to shoot a remarkable 7-under 65 — giving him a four-stroke lead to start the day. In 22 prior major championship starts, Hoffman has only finished in the top 25 once. But that once was a tie for ninth at The Masters in 2015. Augusta National just seems to fit some players’ eyes, and Charley Hoffman just might be in that category.
But if Hoffman falters, the big names are lurking. Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia are among those six strokes back at minus-1. Rory McIlroy is part of a big group at even par. And Masters rookie phenom Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, and defending champion Danny Willett are among those at plus-1.
We’ll see how Hoffman handles the immense pressure of being Masters frontrunner after a night’s sleep. It should be a fun day two at Augusta.
Broadcast coverage of The Masters begins at 3:00 pm ET. The Masters official site will stream all the action starting Thursday morning. There are a variety of options. In addition to the standard broadcast feed starting at 3:00, the site will stream action all day from Amen Corner (the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes for the Augusta newbies), 15 and 16, as well as several “featured groups.”
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