Masters day one: Paul Casey off to fast start at Augusta
England’s Paul Casey claimed the clubhouse lead in the weather-affected first round of the Masters as Tiger Woods made an ominous start to the defence of his title.
US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau had dominated the headlines in the build-up to the week after overpowering Winged Foot on his way to a six-shot victory in the US Open in September.
And although DeChambeau recovered from a shaky start to finish two under par, Casey equalled the lowest round of his career at Augusta National with a flawless 65 to lead by two from Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele.
Woods returned a bogey-free 68 to join Lee Westwood, 2018 champion Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen and Hideki Matsuyama on four under par on a high-class leaderboard as the players took advantage of the soft conditions.
Tweet of the day
Jason Kokrak was unlucky to find the water on the 15th, but at least Lee Westwood showed him where the ball had gone in.
Quote of the day
“I’ve got rubber things inside here to stop the shirt coming out, and when I wear braces the shirt doesn’t come out, so that’s it. I don’t use it for a fashion parade” – Sandy Lyle explains his decision to wear braces.
Shot of the day
Former champion Patrick Reed looked to be in trouble after a wayward drive on the ninth, only to produce a magical escape to set up a birdie.
Round of the day
Nineteen months after an opening round of 81, Paul Casey improved by 16 shots with a flawless 65.
Statistic of the day
It is tough for Tiger Woods to break new ground at this stage of his career, but the 44-year-old managed it with a bogey-free 68.
The par-five second hole played to an average of 4.500 with 36 players making birdie and clubhouse leader Paul Casey one of four players to make an eagle.
Casey also birdied the 10th, his opening hole, but overall that played the toughest, with 23 bogeys and two double bogeys contributing to an average of 4.265.
On the up
Paul Casey’s prospects of a first major title after the 43-year-old carded a superb 65, a 16-shot improvement on his opening round last year.
On the slide
Rory McIlroy’s chances of the victory needed to complete the career grand slam after a front nine of 36 left him with plenty of work to do.
Richard Bland eyeing maiden European Tour title at 478th attempt
The 48-year-old leads the British Masters by one shot at the halfway stage.
Matthias Schwab shrugs off US PGA snub to lead Betfred British Masters
Tournament host Danny Willett is on three under following a 69.
Matthias Schwab brushes off US PGA setback to make flying start at The Belfry
The Austrian is set to miss the US PGA Championship.
British Masters favourite Robert MacIntyre admits he is ahead of schedule
MacIntyre is the top-ranked player in the field ahead of major champions Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett – the tournament host.
Dustin Johnson a doubt for US PGA Championship due to knee problem
The world number one has pulled out of the Byron Nelson Classic.
Rory McIlroy: Wells Fargo win is huge confidence boost for US PGA Championship
McIlroy’s 19th PGA Tour title lifted him to seventh in the world rankings just 10 days before the year’s second major.
Rory McIlroy survives late scare for drought-breaking win in Charlotte
The Northern Irishman suffered a bogey at the last but hung on to for his first win since 2019.
Garrick Higgo keen to maintain fine form after completing Canary Islands double
The 21-year-old left-hander’s winning total of 27 under par was just two shots outside the European Tour record.
Garrick Higgo completes Canary Islands double with Tenerife win
Higgo took a two-shot lead into the final round.
Richard Mansell and Calum Hill chasing in-form Garrick Higgo for Tenerife title
South African Higgo leads the way on 20 under par, two shots ahead of Englishman Mansell and three clear of Scot Hill.