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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



By MARC WILLIAMS

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.



  • 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
  • IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Some big names back at the bar and some unhappy reading to report. Martin Kaymer (+3), Ian Poulter (+4) and Tom Watson (+6) are all quite a way off the top but still a long way to go. 
    4/10/2014 6:20:03 PM
  • LUKE DONALD: Crisis over guys. Luke, who double bogeyed the first, claims back that mistake with back-to-back birdies on the next two holes. Nothing but highlights from 36-year-old so far.
    4/10/2014 6:25:36 PM

  • Brandt Snedeker has the Patrons' mouths wide open 


    4/10/2014 6:30:27 PM
  • KJ CHOI: The man from Korea is always a hit with the crowd at Augusta and he's starting to get going now. Birdies on 13 and 15 take him to two under and well in contention. 
    4/10/2014 6:33:42 PM
  • HERE WE GO: Day one is well and truly in the swing of it now. All the guys are out on the course and the place is alive with noise, excitement and, of course, some wonderful golf. Get done with your dinner asap and settle down to a evening of action that rivals anything sport as to offer. 
    4/10/2014 6:37:16 PM

  • They'ra behind you! Our leader at the moment Bill Haas 


    4/10/2014 6:43:46 PM
  • SECOND PLACE: There's a big group starting to gather behind Bill Haas and Jimmy Walker makes a superb four birdies in a row between holes 14 and 17 to card a score of 70. Really good golf from Walker and he'll have plenty of momentum going into tomorrow morning. 
    4/10/2014 6:46:15 PM
  • THIRD PLACE*: Louis! Just as I type about how second place is becoming a bit crowded, Oosthuizen makes the place his own. Four birdies in his opening nine takes the spot behind Haas. 
    4/10/2014 6:48:46 PM
  • READ ALL ABOUT IT: Ever wondered how the beautiful Augusta was made, read the history behind the course HERE
    4/10/2014 8:18:57 PM
  • JUST ABOUT HALFWAY: So, we're about halfway through the first day of this year's Masters and the clubhouse is starting to get busy! Bill Haas is still our leader. 
    4/10/2014 8:21:16 PM
  • BIG NAMES: Some quality players are finding the going tough on this first day, proving that even Major winners can be made to look pretty ordinary in Georgia. Keegan Bradley is at three over and Justin Rose at four over. Luke Donald and Trevor Immelman are both making mistakes and share scores of five over. 
    4/10/2014 8:25:43 PM
  • IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Pre-tournament top picks Angel Cabrera and Zach Johnson have not made the best of start to their respective Masters. Both came into the weekend with people giving them a good chance of being in the shake up but both clocked in a round of six over after the first day to leave themselves work to do. 
    4/10/2014 8:32:02 PM
  • BIG NAMES: Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson may be going in the same group and have the same overall score but their rounds are rather different. The man from Spain has hit three gooduns (birdies) and two baduns (bogeys) whereas Bubba hit an early birdie and has been on the pars ever since. Enjoyable group though and much more to come from both, that's for sure. 
    4/10/2014 8:36:39 PM

  • WESTWOOOOOD!!! 


    4/10/2014 8:38:54 PM
  • MATT KUCHAR: Kuch is up and running again after two bogeys and has made it back to par. The dangerous player will be looking to finish off his last four holes well and get among the leaders.
    4/10/2014 8:41:51 PM
  • PHIL MICKELSON: One of the favourites has got it all to do on the back nine. All pars in his front nine accept that seven at the seventh. If anyone can get back in touch though, it's Mickelson. 
    4/10/2014 8:44:29 PM
  • BACK NINE: With Westwood just about to finish up on the ninth hole, that'll be everyone on their way home now, my word this first day is flying by!
    4/10/2014 8:48:03 PM

  • 'After you, Sir' 


    4/10/2014 11:16:39 PM
  • PHIL MICKELSON: That'll do it for Phil today then and not his best all in all. He finished four over and has some hard work ahead of him tomorrow.
    4/10/2014 11:18:12 PM
  • LEE WESTWOOD: Lee hits straight into the bunker on the last, bit of work to keep his good round intact. 
    4/10/2014 11:20:21 PM

  • Bubba Watson going well at the 2014 Masters after Day One 


    4/10/2014 11:22:16 PM
  • TOMORROW: Don't forget tomorrow, play gets underway from 12.45pm and we'll be back with you from around 4pm.
    4/10/2014 11:23:59 PM
  • FINAL GROUP: US duo Harris Engish and Russell Henley play super chips out from the crowd and put a bit more pressure on Westwood, over to you Lee.
    4/10/2014 11:25:47 PM
  • LEE WESTWOOD: He holds his own though and produced a nice chip from himself. The dusk light has made Westwood's shirt even brighter is that's possible. 
    4/10/2014 11:26:34 PM
  • FINAL GROUP: So Westwood bogeys the last and takes in a decent finish of 73. He hasn't really lit the blue touch paper yet, far from it, so maybe tomorrow will be his day. And with that we're all done.
    4/10/2014 11:30:09 PM

  • Just look at that, no wonder Sergio has a strut on 

    4/10/2014 11:32:44 PM
  • AND THAT'S IT: What a great first day, as ever, from the Masters. 

    Bill Haas leads the way with four under and will be sleeping very well tonight. 

    Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen are all right on his coattails on three under. It should be quite a battle for the lead tomorrow and with Augusta being just a difficult. Rory McIlroy is right there too.

    Phil Mickelson was among many who didn't quite have the day they were hoping for. Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Jason Dufner all both had poor days.

    Everything is still to play for in the morning though and who knows what tomorrow will bring

    Good night for us here at the Independent.
    4/10/2014 11:39:03 PM
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