Tiger Woods 1-over, Canada's Adam Hadwin 3-under as Masters begins

Morgan Creek golfer Adam Hadwin is in Augusta Ga. this week at the Masters

Morgan Creek golfer Adam Hadwin is in Augusta Ga. this week at the Masters

Earlier this year, he rallied to beat Rory McIlroy in a duel at the Dubai Desert Classic that allowed him to crack the top 50 in the world for the first time.

He followed, however, with back-to-back bogeys.

Spieth credited iron shots as much as putts to his crucial back-nine birdie binge.

That 68 in 2010 - when he was returning to action after a humiliating sex scandal that wrecked his marriage and sent sponsors fleeing - proved the springboard only to a tie for fourth. "Unfortunately people ran out and it clipped them". Everything was really solid. "But I got two of them back coming in".

"Seventy-three is fine", Woods said.

"It's not like anybody is really getting away", McIlroy said.

"Today I felt the Sunday-type pressure of leading the Masters on the middle of that back nine, and adjusted extremely well".

As good as Jordan Spieth was Thursday, he wasn't even the best Longhorn when it came to delivering eagles.

A brilliant approach at the 14th curled up about 8 feet short of the flag, and Woods rolled in the birdie putt.

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The 14-time major victor, however, would not sign off without giving the massive audience that followed him all day something to cheer, hitting back with birdies at 14 and 16.

"I felt like I putted well, but I didn't putt amazingly well. I'm not surprised that someone shot that", said McIlroy of Spieth's 66, which means the young Texan has now led after nine of the 17 tournament rounds he has played at Augusta. A 36-foot putt for eagle at 15 was the highlight of his 74, before bogeys at 17 and 18.

The ball wound up in the trees left of the fairway. "I didn't play the par-5s very well", Woods said. It's round one. I know as well as anybody that anything happens here at Augusta National, not going to get ahead of myself. But that's normal for him early at the Masters.

He gave a stroke back at No. 10, barely missing a 7-footer for par.

Stenson only arrived on Tuesday afternoon and played a total of 13 holes in practice, but broke 70 on the opening day for the first time with a three-under-par 69.

Spieth almost managed to pull away when he began the back nine with three tough par saves, ran off five straight birdies and overcame a wild drive left into the trees that left him some 250 yards for his third shot.

Garcia's victory at The Masters in 2017 is the only major title on his hall-of-fame resume, but his chances of winning another green jacket evaporated when shot after shot after shot - five in a row to be exact - found the water.

While everyone had a good chuckle over Day's plight, Garcia's was hard to watch, his 13 at the par five matching the highest score for a single hole in the 82-year history of the Masters.

He wasn't the only big-name player with a disappointing day as defending champ Sergio Garcia was a horrendous +9, Dustin Johnson finished even and Justin Thomas was a +2.

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