There were plenty of storylines to pick from on Thursday. Tiger shot 4-under par in his first round in over 150 days. Phil Mickelson had just one bogey in a 5-under round of 67. But the biggest story of the day was Freddy Couples and Tom Watson both showing that age won’t slow them down, posting scores of 6 and 5-under par. However, while Tom Watson is enjoying his round for the ages, Fred Couples is trying to cope with the thought that Cody doesn’t have enough faith in him to set him free in an event that he has excelled in over the years. Maybe this lack of trust will inspire Freddy to prove Cody wrong, and win his second green jacket.
The teams after day 1:
The Beast: 4 golfers in the top 20. Kim, Watney, and Kuchar have all been playing excellent golf this year, and Scott has previous Masters experience. After day 1, The Beast is sitting pretty
James: 2 golfers in the top 20. Phil Mickelson had one of his best first rounds of the season, and with his Masters experience, he needs to be considered a top threat to take home the jacket if he can put together three more decent rounds. Zach Johnson is also in the mix at 2-under and has a game perfectly suited for Augusta.
Brent: 2 golfers in the top 20. Brent Finally decided to start Choi and it is paying off immediately. The Korean sits tied for second place at 5-under. Brent’s other immediate threat is Poulter at 4-under. He looked good in the first round, lets see if he can hold on in the others.
Bryce: 1 golfer in the top 20. Don’t be fooled by the fact that he has just one golfer in the top 20. It’s Tiger. Nuff said.
Jon Mark: 0 golfers in the top 20. The fantasy guru is probably kicking himself right now for not starting Y.E. Yang. The last man to have won a major is sitting pretty at 5-under par and could be a threat to win his second straight.
Cody: 0 golfers in the top 20. It’s not a good week to be a buhler so far. In fact, Cody doesn’t even have any golfers inside the top 40! Furyk, Garcia, and Ogilvy have all posted bad first rounds and depending on how the chips fall, Cody could end up in last by Monday.
That’s the round one update. Looking forward to round 2 tomorrow.