13 November 2020 14:30
First day highlights Tweet of the day Jason Kokrak was unlucky to find the water on the 15th, but at least Lee Westwood showed him where the ball had gone in. Quote of the day "I've got rubber things inside here to stop the shirt coming out, and when I wear braces the shirt doesn't come out, so that's it. I don't use it for a fashion parade" - Sandy Lyle explains his decision to wear braces. Shot of the day Former champion Patrick Reed looked to be in trouble after a wayward drive on the ninth, only to produce a magical escape to set up a birdie. Round of the day Nineteen months after an opening round of 81, Paul Casey improved by 16 shots with a flawless 65.
Statistic of the day It is tough for Tiger Woods to break new ground at this stage of his career, but the 44-year-old managed it with a bogey-free 68. Easiest hole The par-five second hole played to an average of 4.500 with 36 players making birdie and clubhouse leader Paul Casey one of four players to make an eagle. Toughest hole Casey also birdied the 10th, his opening hole, but overall that played the toughest, with 23 bogeys and two double bogeys contributing to an average of 4.265. Paul Casey's prospects of a first major title after the 43-year-old carded a superb 65, a 16-shot improvement on his opening round last year. On the slide Rory McIlroy's chances of the victory needed to complete the career grand slam after a front nine of 36 left him with plenty of work to do.
Speaking of favorites, defending champion Tiger Woods is in the hunt after carding a 4-under 68 to match his lowest opening around at Augusta National. All of this sets up a fun-filled and action-packed Friday. Watch the 2020 Masters streaming live with Masters Live as we follow the best golfers in the world throughout Augusta National with Featured Groups, check in at the famed Amen Corner and see golfers round the turn on holes 15 & 16. You can also watch Masters Live on the CBS Sports App and CBS All Access with a connected TV. CBS Sports will update this story with scores and highlights from the Masters below. Check out the live scores at the top of this story, a more detailed leaderboard, updated tee times and our complete viewer's guide. Golf balls stopped on slopes, leaving players putts they'd never seen before. Long-iron approach shots came to rest within inches of their pitch mark. Wedges spun backward, forcing adjustments unforeseen in most Masters Tournaments. Augusta National Golf Club's greens were already soft Thursday before a morning downpour created puddles on fairways, and forced a three-hour delay. Once play resumed, the competitors pounced, capitalizing on a receptive golf course in light wind, warm temperatures and a sunny sky. More than half the field (50 of 92 players) was under par when darkness fell with the afternoon wave of tee times still on the course. While they were out there, players attacked hole locations and chased birdies, climbing the leaderboard by keeping the pedal to the floor. Round 1 Photos Soft fairways provided greater margin for error off the tee. The docile conditions forced the players to adjust their game plan. "Yeah, you're kind of going at pins that you wouldn't really feel that comfortable with," Xander Schauffele said after an opening 67. "There's so many spots where your ball will stay. It was just really strange. That's what I meant by it felt wrong in terms of kind of like the ball plugging or a putt being really slow or something not being very fast." Schauffele left several medium-range putts well short in the middle of his round. In only his third Masters, his lack of experience may have been an asset. "On a day like today, if you do put it in the fairway, you kind of can position yourself and short side yourself almost and leave balls where you couldn't before," Schauffele said. "So it was really strange in terms of ‑‑ I was talking to Henrik (Stenson) just now. I was saying ‑‑ I mean, I'm sure it was harder for him to deal with. I'm not scarred by what Augusta is normally like." Defending champion Tiger Woods didn't see the breaks in the greens he's learned during 23 appearances that have produced five green jackets. "I missed everything on the high side," he said after an opening 68. "Putts just aren't moving, so it's just different with as slow as they are and then with the weather delay, the amount of rain they've had." Jason Day also struggled to find the feel around the greens. Ordinarily a 2-under 70 is a fine opening round in the Masters, but the Australian, who has a 71.27 stroke average in nine appearances, felt he let shots slip away. "It's not that intimidating right now because of how slow the greens were playing out there," he said. "Obviously, I know that the greens will speed up over the weekend, but, yeah, that was a little bit disappointing." The 2018 champion Patrick Reed felt the fairways became firmer as the day progressed. "It definitely was wet," he said. "But with how much rain they've had throughout the past couple nights and also how much rain they've had today, the golf course held up really nicely," he said. "At the same time, it's nothing you wouldn't expect. I mean, any time you come on this property, whether it's hot, whether it's cold, whether it's raining, whether it's dry, it always seems to be in perfect shape." As the sun began to set, the loudest sound at Augusta National was the Sub Air system, sucking the moisture out of the ground. With sunny skies in the forecast, the players know the course will continue to dry out and pose a stiffer challenge as the week unfolds. "This golf course, to me, exposes what a guy has got," first-round leader Paul Casey said. "I'm not saying it's the ultimate test. There are different types of tests of golf around the world, but this particular test you have to do certain things very, very well, and predominately the best players in the world always rise to the top this week."