Friday’s early play hasn’t seen any staggeringly low numbers as the field makes a push to qualify for the weekend. The cut line would currently sit around +4, but that can (and probably will) fluctuate throughout the day.
Tiger Woods will tee off at 1:27 p.m. ET.
Mickelson gets his money’s worth on No. 9
Phil Mickelson is not your average golfer, but on the 9th hole, he looked like you and me and made a mess of the par 4. He spent some time among the patrons before tapping-in for 7, a triple-bogey.
OK, 9 was a mess for Mickelson. Drive into trees, second off tree and leads to a penalty drop from same spot he hit second shot. Punch through trees up by green. Flop shot short. Two-putts from 45 feet and makes 7. Now +1 for tourney, 5 back
For the time being, Bernd Wiesberger sits alone atop the leaderboard. The Austrian moved to 4-under after birdies on the 2nd and 3rd holes. Haven’t heard of Wiesberger? Don’t sweat it. The 32-year-old has never won a PGA Tour event, but has logged four wins on the European Tour and two on the Asian and Challenge tours. His best finish at Augusta National came in 2015, when he finished T22.
Bogeys stacking up for McIlroy
Rory McIlroy added another bogey to his card on the par 3 6th hole, dropping out of a tie for the lead and into second place at 2-under.
McIlroy, Kuchar bogey, slide back to pack
Rory McIlroy bogeyed No. 4 after back-to-back birdies. He’s now even on the day and -3 overall.
Matt Kuchar held the lead solo for just a moment, however, as he bogeyed the fifth hole to fall to -3 as well. There is now seven players at 3 under and atop the leaderboard.
Another bogey for Spieth at No. 2
Jordan Spieth again had trouble with his drive on No. 2 and had to settle for bogey on the par 5. He was at the front of the green after his third shot, but his birdie putt slid four feet past the hole and he missed the par putt coming back. He’s now -3 overall and sits in a tie for third.
McIlroy off to a hot start
Rory McIlroy boyed his first hole but rebounded for back-to-back birdies to get to -4 overall and in a tie for the lead with Matt Kuchar.
Spieth off to a rough start
Jordan Spieth drove the ball into the trees on the right side of No. 1 and struggled to get the ball back in play. After getting his third shot to the front edge of the green, he still needed three shots to get in the hole from there, taking a double bogey on the first and falling to 4 under overall and back into a tie for the lead.
Gary Player greets Jack Nicklaus after hitting their ceremonial tee shots on the 1st hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the second green as a gallery of patrons look on during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5. Andrew Redington, Getty Images
Jason Day of Australia talks with a patron after his shot landed in the patron’s beverage during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5. Patrick Smith, Getty Images
Vijay Singh reacts after his tee shot on the 2nd hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. He was on the leaderboard early after he made three birdies in the first four holes. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Sergio Garcia hits the ball into the water on the 15th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. He needed 13 strokes on the par-5 hole. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Sergio Garcia is greeted by his wife Angela Akins Garcia while walking to the 18th tee during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National. Michael Madrid, Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports