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Masters: Five takeaways from a low-scoring first round

Masters: Five takeaways from a low-scoring first round

He reached the green in two shots on the 510-yard, par-5 and needed just a 2-foot putt for the birdie.

Many experts feel the weight of added pressure and expectation on McIlroy has taken its toll, and Nicklaus believes he needs to concentrate just on how best to combat Augusta National rather than be distracted by the prospect of emulating the legendary quintet of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.

How far Woods has come in just a short time became apparent when Woods revealed on the eve of the tournament that he took a nerve block just to be able to get to the champion's dinner here in 2017.

"It's pretty much how I've been playing for the last, let's call it, 15 months", he said.

"It's been a while since I've been in contention here, but the last two majors (2018 British Open and US PGA Championship) count for something", Woods said of his sixth and second placings past year.

Rose (14/1) has finished as runner-up twice and enters with a fresh world No. 1 ranking, while McIlroy (8/1) won The Players Championship earlier this season and has finished in the top 10 at Augusta each of the last five years.

"I'm too big to play golf, and then when I lose weight, I'm too small". He narrowly missed his first hole-in-one in competition. I made bogey there.

It was three, actually, since Woods opened with a 74 in 2005 before roaring back to win in a playoff with Chris DiMarco. He had another chance for a birdie at the eighth from 9 feet but was unable to convert, finally getting one to drop at the ninth to shoot a front-side 35.

"Part of me thinks that that's nothing new", Scott said.

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He made the only birdie on No. 11 all day, and hit his tee shot on the risky par-3 12th to 5 feet when the horn sounded.

Even after "one of those days", Rory McIlroy remained upbeat in his quest to win the Masters and complete the career Grand Slam. "I was just very patient today, felt very good to be out there doing what I was doing".

Yet that was only the beginning of what would be a rollercoaster afternoon, swapping another bogey-birdie before making the turn where the ride got even wilder. "When you play in front of a lot of people things happen".

Past Masters champions Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel head up a six-strong South African contingent competing for the coveted green jacket at the 2019 Masters, but it was debutant Justin Harding who stole the show on day one at Augusta.

Australian Jason Day (70), received medical treatment on the course after tweaking his back while hitting his drive at the par-five second hole.

Adam Scott admits he'll need an historic final round to win a second Masters title after he and countryman Jason Day blew golden chances to start the final day in serious contention.

Tiger Woods reacts to his birdie putt on 15 during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 12, 2019, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Rory McIlroy was the man to beat coming into the 83rd Masters, but the Northern Ireland star said too many mistakes marred his opening round Thursday at Augusta National.


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