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Master 2014: LIVE coverage of Day 1 at Augusta

Follow all the latest scores, leaders and actions from the 2014 Masters from Augusta


Hello and welcome along to The Independent’s live coverage of The Masters 2014.

The world’s best golfers descend on the beautiful Augusta National Park once again to do battle for the famous Green Jacket. World number one, Tiger Woods, may be out with a back injury but there’s no shortage of quality on show with last year’s winner Adam Scott, Northern Ireland’s star Rory McIlroy and Masters’ royalty Phil Mickelson among the men vying for victory.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a feast of golf at its very finest from one of the most spectacular settings in all of sport. We want to hear from you too. Hit the ‘Make a comment’ button below and we’ll post the best ones.

    • Masters 2014 Day 1 LIVE coverage
    • Bill Haas takes the clubhouse lead with a birdie on the last and a round of 68
    • Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson share second place with scores of 69
    • Bubba Watson only player to not drop a shot 
    • Snedeker and Choi among batch of players back in clubhouse at two under 
    • Luke Donald handed two shot penalty in dismal round of 78 
    • Rory McIlroy cards a score of 71 (4 birdies, 3 bogeys)
    • Justin Rose has poor day carding four over
    • Last to start, Lee Westwood finishes with one over after bogey on the 18th  
    • Crowd favourite Phil Mickelson hits 7 on 7th and 15th in indifferent round of 76
    • Mickelson does hit putt of the day on the 10th
    • Graeme McDowell cards a level par for his first round
    • Lowest big name is Jason Dufner who hit 9 on par 5 13th in his round of 80
    • Tiger Woods misses out through injury
    • Official LEADERBOARD

    4/10/2014 2:53:45 PM
  • HERE we go then! Back at the home, the mecca of golf, the perfect Augusta National Park. Set in the heart of Georgia, the course is looking wonderful. The snooker-table greens framed with springtime flowers in full bloom, corridors of giant trees and pristine white sand bunkers glittering along the way. It really is a lovely place to play and watch some fine sport. 

    It’s time once again to compete for the most famous piece of apparel, the Green Jacket. Last year it was Adam Scott, the year before Bubba Watson and Charl Schwartzel in 2011, so who will be taking home the historic jacket this time. 

    Augusta is where legends can be made, history is forged and the best can take their place among the sport’s elite. Da, da, daaaa. Sorry, getting a bit carried but it’s hard not too on a weekend of sport like this one! Let the games begin! 
    4/10/2014 2:50:37 PM
  • The golden oldies got us underway earlier this morning. Legendary trio Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus were the honorary starters and opened up the 2014 Masters.
    4/10/2014 2:57:44 PM
  • Of the early starters, Jonas Blixt is off to a good start through ten and three under par to head the leader board at this early stage. Stuart Cink is putting in a solid start being one under since his birdie on the third hole and other than that, early days here.
    4/10/2014 3:01:58 PM

  • Twitter is a wash with everyone getting excited for some classic, unforgettable Masters moments

    4/10/2014 3:11:50 PM
  • The runners and riders are all ready to go, the bets are placed, spectators are streaming through the gates, let’s hope we don’t get a false start. Oops, sorry, the Grand National was last week. Same rules apply though I reckon, where’s your money going?
    4/10/2014 3:14:19 PM
  • So, what about those all-important tee times? Well let’s start with the favourites and go from there, shall we? Rory McIlroy got his challenge going at 3:52 with last year’s champ Adam Scott just before him at 3.41.
    Fellow Aussie, Jason Day, comes to the first tee at 6.04.
    Probably the pick of the trios begin at 6.15 with Bubba Watson, Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.
    Crowd favourite Phil Mickelson hits off at 6.48 and Lee Westwood is last to begin his round at 6.59.
    Plenty more, of course, 97 in total! And we’ll keep you updated with when and how they’re getting on…
    4/10/2014 3:18:15 PM
  • A golfing fanatic places £1,000 bet on Rory McIlroy. Fair enough you'd think but wait until you hear his reason, he saw Northern Ireland's star man in a Danish pastry… whatever works for you, I guess. CLICK HERE to read our article
    4/10/2014 3:22:38 PM
  • Before we get going properly, how about a little background, shall we? Augusta. The most famous of all golf courses and probably the most beautiful setting in all of sport. From Amen corner, Rae’s Creek and Eisenhower’s Tree, there’s plenty to get stuck on but plenty of opportunity to become a legend. What’s the deal with the famous 18 holes then?

    1. Tea Olive, 445 yards, par 4
    2. Pink Dogwood, 575 yards, par 5
    3. Flowering Peach, 350 yards, par 4
    4. Flowering Card Apple, 240 yards, par 3
    5. Magnolia, 455 yards, par 4
    6. Juniper, 180 yards, par 3
    7. Pampas, 450 yards, par 4
    8. Yellow Jasmine, 570 yards, par 5
    9. Carolina Cherry, 460 yards, par 4
    10. Camellia, 495 yards, par 4
    11. White Dogwood, 505 yards, par 4
    12. Golden Bell, 155 yards, par 3
    13. Azalea, 510 yards, par 5
    14. Chinese Fir, 440 yards, par 4
    15. Firethorn, 530 yards, par 5
    16. Redbud, 170 yards, par 3
    17. Nandina, 440 yards, par 4
    18. Holly, 465 yards, par 4
    4/10/2014 3:25:51 PM

  • Not a bad place for a spot of golf

    4/10/2014 3:32:49 PM
  • Blixt seems on it today with another birdie at 13 taking him to four under! Is he just playing well or is the course being a bit more friendly? Time will tell...
    4/10/2014 3:34:52 PM
  • Not quite going to plan for poor old Ben Crenshaw though. He is in the same group as Jonas but having quite the different opening day experience. Parring the first three and enjoying life, a boogie at the fourth hole came and it's been downhill ever since. He's ten over through 13, rooted to the bottom of the leader board and it's not looking good, sorry Ben, early days though.
    4/10/2014 3:37:53 PM
  • But how about the Brits, I hear you cry?? Well (in order of tee times), David Lynn kicks off the GB’s pursuit of the Green Jacket. Then Ian Poulter’s next, what delights will he be wearing this week?
    Youngster Matthew Fitzpatrick is in a pairing with Adam Scott and Jason Dufner, so plenty of experience for the amateur to go round with.
    Fellow first-timer Garrick Proteous is next, followed seasoned campaigners Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood respectively.
    Can any of them break England’s 18 year wait for a Masters champion stretching back to Nick Faldo’s success in 1996?
    4/10/2014 3:39:41 PM

  • Ian? What are you wearing?? It's positively normal, how disappointing

    4/10/2014 3:42:35 PM
  • Well, I can only apologise for the lack of flamboyancy in Poulter's get up. I'll have a look around, see who is a bit colourful and get back to you!
    4/10/2014 3:45:16 PM
  • And, of course, from the across the pond, well I mean the Irish Sea pond, not the Atlantic, who cares about the yanks, pfft!
    Graeme McDowell gets Northern Ireland’s charge underway with the pair of Jimmy Walker and basketball cap clad Rickie Fowler.
    Rory also gets going along side the USA’s Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Darren Clarke, always good viewing, is going round with Nick Watney and Scot Stephen Gallacher.
    Is the trophy destined for Belfast? They’ve certainly got a good chance with these three.
    4/10/2014 3:46:46 PM
  • Rory!!! Good start for one of this year's favourites as he birdies the third hole in fine style. Good start for Macca.
    4/10/2014 3:49:05 PM

  • Rory McIlroy is underway, could 2014 be his year? 

    4/10/2014 3:51:44 PM

  • People all over the world are really getting into the 
    swing of things… sorry
    4/10/2014 3:58:55 PM
  • We’ve got the young guns going for us and a new record to boot.
    This year’s competition will be the first time that England has produced the two winners of the top amateur prizes coming into the famous weekend.
    Garrick Porteous, 24, from Northumberland and Michael Fitzpatrick, 18, from Sheffield will be among the 97.
    Can the young blood’s fearless exuberance ruffle a few feathers? Don’t rule it out. Fitz was out practicing yesterday by skipping the ball over the waters of the 16th hole, nifty little trick!
    4/10/2014 3:59:55 PM

  • Best I can offer on the clothing front I'm afraid, everyone's far too serious at the moment but Billy Horschel, that's a nice combo

    4/10/2014 4:05:37 PM
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez has got off to a good start to his weekend. Birding the six and seventh holes and joining Blixt at three under to top the table, still very early on though. 
    4/10/2014 4:09:01 PM
  • Some mistakes of some of the top picks coming into the weekend will no doubt have a few of you cursing your betting slips right now. Martin Kaymar and Zach Johnson haven't got out of the blocks yet with both currently four over. Last year's runner up, Angel Cabrera, is three over. Obviously, not long gone, so don't fret too much.
    4/10/2014 4:13:58 PM
  • The trio of golfing legends that is Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus got the action underway at Augusta. To read all about just CLICK HERE 
    4/10/2014 4:20:05 PM
  • Stewart Cink and Tim Clark are the first pair back in the shed then. Cink will be happy with a steady round of one over despite doubling the 14th, but Clark is not doing so well, carding six bogeys and double bogey at the sixth. 
    4/10/2014 4:25:12 PM
  • There's some rumblings going on down the course. Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott both go to two under in quick succession. Both are looking comfortable and confident, can it last...
    4/10/2014 4:28:19 PM
  • Who's been there, done it and got the t-shirt (er, jacket) then? The Masters always throws up classic moments and the very best golf. Here’s the recent winners for the famous tournament:

    2013 Adam Scott, AUS, -9 (playoff)
    2012 Bubba Watson, USA, -10 (playoff)
    2011 Charl Schwartzel, SA, -14
    2010 Phil Mickelson, USA, -16
    2009 Angel Cabrera, ARG, -12 (playoff)
    4/10/2014 4:31:04 PM

  • Always popular with the fans, Jim Furyk does his best Mr Bean impression, back to golf Jim!

    4/10/2014 4:34:12 PM
  • Stop it Sandy! The 56-year-old birdies holes two, three and four to be among early pace setters
    4/10/2014 4:38:38 PM
  • READ ALL ABOUT IT: It was one of the most interesting and famous fixtures at Augusta but President Dwight D Eisenhower's tree was removed after damage and Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player think it should stay that way. Read all about it HERE
    4/10/2014 4:42:13 PM
  • THE LEADER: Miguel Angel Jimenez takes the lead by birding the ninth, his fourth of the front nine. The cigar smoking Spaniard is looking good. 
    4/10/2014 4:45:51 PM
  • AMATEUR TIME: Michael Fitzpatrick may well have more than one reason to celebrate this weekend. Not only is he an 18-year-old playing the Masters but his beloved Sheffield United play Hull in the FA Cup on Sunday. Could well be a very, very good few days for the amateur, here’s hoping.

    After a shaking start, double bogeying the first, he regrouped and composed himself to birdie the next, he's at one over at the mo.
    4/10/2014 4:48:28 PM
  • IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Jason Blixt goes into the clubhouse and probably a touch disappointed after a bogey on the last. He is joined by Kevin Stadler, both carding two under for their rounds and both will be happy with their work on the first day.
    4/10/2014 4:53:54 PM

  • Thumbs up for Jimenez so far 

    4/10/2014 4:58:05 PM
  • ADAM SCOTT: Last year's champ is going well again. Birdies and six and eight have put him at the top of board and the Aussie is certainly looking focused and on his game. Tiger who??
    4/10/2014 4:59:48 PM
  • UP NEXT: Welcome to everyone who is just coming home from work and perfect timing. We could be in for a treat in little under 15 minutes as the group of Bubba Watson, Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia get their weekends underway, grab a beer and enjoy, should be a cracker!
    4/10/2014 5:02:57 PM

  • Bit more from good old Twitter!
    4/10/2014 5:06:19 PM
  • CHAMPION'S DINNER: Tuesday night saw the champions’ dinner take place hosted by Adam Scott and the Aussie served up bugs!
    Not those witchetty grubs we’ve seen on I’m a celeb, no, but Moreton Bay Bugs, a type of lobster famous down under, sounds pretty good if you ask me.
    But, if there are any unexplained absentees from the field today, a dickey tummy maybe well be the cause.
    4/10/2014 5:08:24 PM

  • The search for best dressed as a couple of new contenders with these get-ups from Rickie Fowler and... 

     South Korea's Y.E. Yang, not bad boys, not bad at all

    4/10/2014 5:13:58 PM
  • RORY WATCH: After a good start to his round, Rory slips up at the 8th with a bogey. 
    4/10/2014 5:15:24 PM
  • BRANDT SNEDEKER: The American is going well out there today. No mistakes so far and three birdies on his card, puts him just off Jimenez at the top. 
    4/10/2014 5:21:36 PM
  • IN THE CLUBHOUSE: So we've got a batch of guys back with their feet up already, first rounds a flying past very quciky. Steven Bowditch (+2), John Huh (+3) and Mark O'Meara (+3) will all be quite content with their rounds. Ian Woosnam  (+5), Y.E. Yang (+5), Jordan Niebragge (+9) and Ben Crenshaw (+11) will be perhaps less happy.
    4/10/2014 5:28:17 PM
  • THE LEADERS: Nooo Jimmy!! Miguel losses his out right lead after a sloppy bogey at the start of Amen Corner. He now sits level with Snedeker at three under.
    4/10/2014 5:30:13 PM
  • WORLD RANKINGS: Quick reminder of what should, should, happen this weekend in terms of world rankings:

    1. Tiger Woods, USA
    2. Adam Scott, AUS
    3. Henrik Stenson, SWE
    4. Jason Day, AUS
    5. Phil Mickelson, USA
    6. Sergio Garcia, ESP
    7. Matt Kuchar, USA
    8. Justin Rose, ENG
    9. Rory McIlroy, NIR
    10. Zach Johnson, USA

    Will this year’s winner be one of the top ten or will it be someone else, time will tell!
    4/10/2014 5:36:55 PM
  • MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ: Oh what have you done, Miguel? It was all going so well and then, after safely negotiating Amen Corner, the 50-year-old hits a bogey on the 14th and then a double bogey on the next. 
    4/10/2014 5:40:35 PM
  • LUKE DONALD: One of England's biggest hopes of breaking our 18 year exile from a Masters champ hasn't got off to a good start, I'm afraid. Donald steps up to the first looking confident but a double bogey six has him needing to bounce back quick. 
    4/10/2014 5:45:00 PM
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