Thursday, April 10, 2014
The crowds gathered to see and follow defending champion Adam Scott or Rory McIlroy more than likely missed out on the dayís low round.
Bill Haas carded a 4-under round of 68 for the day, teeing off at 10:08 a.m. with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Matteo Manassero.
Scott only had one blemish for the day, a double bogey on 12, but still finds himself tied for second place. His birdie on the No. 1 set the tone for the day as he fired a beautiful approach shot to the green to set up for an easy birdie putt.
McIlroy, whose following rivaled that of Phil Mickelson or anyone else on the course, got his first birdie on No. 3. He finished 1-under for the day after a bogey on 18.
Cool moment to start the day
Those who braved the early morning traffic and cool temperatures were treated with seeing honorary starters Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. It is the third straight year that the trio have been tasked with the ceremonial start.
Each shot went near the center of the green with Nicklausí ball rolling just a bit further than Playerís.
How are The Starís picks?
Mayor Lark Jones went with McIlroy and is currently sitting pretty.
My pick of Jason Day finds himself 3-over thanks to a double-bogey on No. 10, and bogeys on 8, 9 and 11. He book ended those with birdies on No. 2 and 17, but will need to pick up the pace to have a better chance than his fellow countryman, Scott.
Reporter T.J. Lundeenís pick of Dustin Johnson, who is in the same group as Day and joined by Henrik Stenson, went to the clubhouse 5-over. His two birdies on 12 and 13 were undone by bogeys on 14 and 17 and a double-bogey on 15, where he had to take a drop after finding the water.
Other thoughts from the course
People really love the souvenir cups this year. Granted theyíre always popular, but this year it seems even more so. I wish I could get a green cup without a beer since, well, I canít drink on the job.
Itís always fun to hear some of the visitorís thoughts on food. One woman remarked that she wished that the sandwiches didnít have mayonnaise. A kind staffer told her simply, ďMaíam, weíre in Georgia.Ē
This is only my second time at The Masters, but it is the first time I have watched the action with someone. Iíll admit that Iím not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to golf, so itís great to have T.J. along where he can explain things to me.
Also ó the Arnold Palmer Callaway bags look awesome this year. I doubt the television cameras do justice to how detailed and sharp they are in person.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.