World number one Rory McIlroy is seven shots behind leader Jordan Spieth after the opening round of the 79th Masters at Augusta.
The Northern Irishman, 25, is aiming to become only the sixth man to win all four majors and made a solid start to the tournament with a battling one-under-par 71.
However, American Spieth, who finished joint runner up to Bubba Watson at last year’s Masters, produced the performance of the day, carding nine birdies to
open a three-shot lead with an eight-under 64.
England’s Justin Rose made an impressive start as he continues his quest for a first Masters title, carding a 67 to sit in a group of four players on five under while former world number one Tiger Woods is nine shots off the pace after a one-over 73.
By Babajide Olaitan
Its been a crunch affair so far and not to surprising start right there in Augusta as early indications suggest two-over will be enough to progress through to the weekend.
Masters rookies Bernd Wiesberger and Branden Grace are part of the field hovering in and around that cut-off point.
Good start to the day for former runner-up Louis Oosthuizen, who opens with back-to-back birdies to
move to two-under through two. Ryan Palmer, who posted four birdies in his front nine yesterday,
begins today’s round with a bogey.
Second round is at hand, the leader board also have a lot of stories to tell, let’s keeps arms in akimbo and watch how things turn out at fade.