How golfers with Oklahoma ties fared on Day 1 of the Masters

Tiger Woods walks on the sixth green during a practice round Wednesday for the Masters

Tiger Woods walks on the sixth green during a practice round Wednesday for the Masters

Dressed all in black, Woods got his day off to a wobbly start when he sent his opening tee shot deep left into the pines but he was unruffled and recovered to make par.

After completing his opening round McIlroy sits three under par after sinking four birdies and just one bogey, while 2015 Masters victor Jordan Spieth leads after a six under round of 66. He drove into the trees at the last but a sublime chip ensured only one dropped shot. One day after making a hole in one at the Par-3 Contest, then dislocating his ankle (and popping it back in) while celebrating, Tony Finau not only teed it up in Round 1 but at one point found himself with the solo lead. "I could barely put any pressure on it, could barely walk, " Finau said.

Woods almost drove the green at the par-4 No. 3, pitched to about 10 feet and made the putt to set off a huge "Tiger Roar".

But the biggest story of the round was Garcia. His second shot at the par-5 eighth was going left when it kicked right off a mound and bounded toward the hole, finishing some 14 feet away.

"I was very confident in what I was doing and I hit some good shots early".

"I know as well as anybody that anything can happen at Augusta National", Spieth said, a vague reference to the lead he lost on the back nine in 2016 that kept him from winning consecutive green jackets. "So it's just unfortunate, but that's what it is". When Garcia's final wedge landed within a few feet of the hole, he tidied up for that 13.

Sandy Lyle was having a ball on the 30th anniversary of his Masters win until slipping up late on.

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

X-rays were negative. Finau was scheduled for more tests Thursday before teeing off (12:43 p.m.) in the first round at Augusta National. "And I'm right back in this tournament".

Garcia matched previous high scores carded by Tom Weiskopf at No. 12 in 1980 and by Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima at No. 13 in 1978.

"I actually felt pretty good", Woods said.

Crowd favourite Phil Mickelson, 47, who last month won his first title since 2013, is bidding to become the oldest Masters champion and had three birdies in four holes on the back nine, missing another birdie chance at the last, to finish two under.

"I had some really tricky putts today, putts that were six feet and outside the hole, and to make some of those in the middle of the hole was a confidence boost", Spieth said.

Four-time champion Tiger Woods shot a one-over par 73 on his Masters return, his round including four bogeys and three birdies, but pars on all four of Augusta's famed par fives.

Dustin Johnson (73), Justin Thomas (74) and Jason Day (75) did not far so well. "Really any Major. I feel like I'm kind of one round down out of six, so I'm not getting ahead of myself". He enters Friday with a two-shot lead, three years after becoming the fifth wire-to-wire victor in event history.

He nearly pulled a Gene Sarazen, who made a 2 for a double eagle on 15 en route to winning the 1935 Masters.

The American pairing of Tony Filau and Matt Kuchar are Spieth's closest challengers as they are both two shots back on four-under.

Woods hit three balls into the gallery and another into the water at Augusta National's famed, three-hole signature section.

Spieth's showing was reminiscent of the stunning opening 18 holes he played three years ago where a 64 contributed to his wire-to-wire victory that matched the record low score for victory.

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