McIlroy well placed after first round of The Masters

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"During his comeback, the 42-year-old has been more engaged on and off the course with fans". Jordan Spieth caused the most concern.

He has some catching up to do.

This year, former United States Amateur champion and long-time August National competition chairman Fred Ridley took over from Billy Payne as the Chairman of Augusta National Golf club and the Masters Tournament.

"It's the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot", he said.

"Every week is different, and it's just a matter of how I'm going to feel on Thursday, how the nerves are going to be, because I know I'm going to be a little bit nervous", he said of his chances. "It's about riding momentum from last week and this round".

Tiger Woods had some rough moments during the first round of the Masters on Thursday, and he was frustrated with the patrons at Augusta National following at least one of his shots.

Woods, dressed all in black, felt as though he played better than he scored, and there was no sense of panic.

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Two birdies over the final five holes helped his mood, too.

Most aggravating was playing the par 5s without a birdie.

"A 73 is fine", Woods said.

"They have it right where they want it".

"You look at it and not anyone is really getting away".

Dustin Johnson hits off the 11th tee during the second day of practice for the 2018 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta April 3, 2018.

Finau went down, the ankle contorted, and he popped it into place.

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Tiger showed he's as focused as ever, but it's clear that he's enjoying the limelight more than in years past.

"I was just extremely happy that nothing was seriously wrong with my foot", he said. I don't know, it's just one of those things. "It's really hard to run away from it, but it's also really easy to lose it out there". Spieth was among 10 players who broke 70 - a list that included Rory McIlroy - on a warm, sunny day with a moderate breeze that looked ideal for scoring.

It was just tough to score, with the greens slick and firm and several tough pin positions, mainly toward the front of the greens.

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. Sergio Garcia, defending champ, put five balls in the water on the 15th for a record score of 13 and a total of 9-over 81. He made a 10-foot putt - close to the same length of his eagle putt when he won previous year - to make a 13, the highest score ever recorded on No. 15. Over the course of his brilliant Masters career, the four-time champion has played those four longest holes at a cumulative 150 under par. "He made golf cool and so it's awesome to be out here watching him for the first time".

Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar are among the featured groups teeing off in the morning. He almost drove the green on the 350-yard third and then chipped to 4 feet and drained it for a birdie. He three-putted from long range on No. 5.

The American is highly unlikely to attempt the daring feat when the tournament gets under way on Thursday, with the water proving his nemesis two years ago.

"Some guys have said, "I need to fuse my back so I can hit it harder".

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Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman wrote this piece on Spieth, and the Texas native insists he's got his confidence back to where it needs to be.

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