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The Masters: The latest news on Day 1 at Augusta


 Route 66: Sergio Garcia played with the perfect blend of dazzle and calm assurance to daub his name atop the first-round leaderboard after a six-under par 66
by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM


That's all for today folks as The Independent's live coverage of day one of The Masters 2013 reaches its conclusion. The latest news from Augusta is: 
  • Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Aussie Marc Leishman lead on -6
  • Tiger Woods opens up with a composed two-under 70
  • Englishman David Lynn shoots 68 on his Masters debut
  • Justin Rose and Lee Westwood in the clubhouse on -2
  • 14-year-old amateur Guan Tianlang shoots a remarkable 73
  • Rory McIlory mixes the sublime and the sorry on level par
  • Luke Donald reaches the clubhouse on -1

Tune in at 6.30pm tomorrow (Friday) for live coverage of the second round to find out, among plenty of intriguing narratives, whether a 14-year-old can make the cut at The Masters.

You can run through the latest leaderboard by clicking here.

You can also read the latest report on events by clicking here.

  • Honorary starter Arnold Palmer of the United States tees off to start the first round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta.

    4/11/2013 3:48:16 PM
  • Lee Westwood in action on the first day at Augusta.

    4/11/2013 3:52:25 PM
  • Check out @TigerWoods - first round pics http://bit.ly/ZjAnHG #2013Masters
  • Professional skier Lindsey Vonn relaxes into her role as golfing WAG. Her presence appears to be inspiring boyfriend Tiger Woods. Who'd a thought?

    4/11/2013 6:21:05 PM
  • Some recent thoughts from our man at Augusta, an invitation is a sportswriter's dream...
    walked around Amen Corner with David Lynn...what a Masters debut leads by 2 on -5 playing 17 - hope the shout out hasn't doomed him Kevin Garside via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    RT @RobHodgetts: Grass length fans - Augusta's fairways are cut to 3/8 inch, second cut 1 3/8 inch, tees 5/16 inch, greens 1/8 inch. Sub ... Kevin Garside via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/11/2013 6:24:11 PM
  • RT @garyplayer: What a fantastic morning as Arnie, Jack & I kicked off @The_Masters. A pleasure & honour at a place I love so de ...
  • Englishmen Justin Rose and Lee Westwood open up with two-under par 70s, you can't ask for much more than that. Well, in truth you could, especially as they both recorded bogey fives at the notoriously tricky 17th.
    4/11/2013 6:29:58 PM

  • RT @jcobos922: Lindsey Vonn I hope you took care of Tiger this week so that he can swing easy today #masters Matt Tusick via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    RT @robbiezig: Tiger has only finished outside of the top 10 in the masters once and that was last year. Matthew Swindells via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM
    Justin Rose finishes off an encouraging first round with a par and score of 70. The Masters 2013 via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM


    4/11/2013 6:31:23 PM
  • #Fuzzy 'owes everything' to Big Three http://bit.ly/YfKzk2 #2013Masters
  • Amateurs at the Masters are blessed with the privilege of bunking down in the Crow's Nest, just had a sneak inside and it comes equipped only with a single bed. I wonder how Tiger Woods managed in such cramped bedroom quarters back in 1995, when he finished as the low amateur on his Masters debut?
    4/11/2013 6:39:21 PM
  • And speaking of players making their Masters debuts, this 2013 edition bears witness to the inexorable rise of Guan Tian-Lang. Who, as you've probably already read, is a mere 14. The age when most of his contemporaries are locked in darkened bedrooms playing Augusta on PlayBoxes and XStations, winning fictitious money and growing fictitious goatees.
    4/11/2013 6:44:06 PM
  • Our man in Augusta displays an impressive local knowledge and even has a few thoughts on the passing of the Iron Lady (nowt to do with golf that nickname, as far as I'm aware)...
    @Laurajanekemp @jcorrigangolf robbie's bar to be exact, a lob wedge from Hooters, pun intended Kevin Garside via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    Interesting difference in reaction to Thatcher from establishment and the people Kevin Garside via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    Good morning from Augusta. Gates opened an hour ago. Place looks great. into the low 80s today, thermometer not scorecard Kevin Garside via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/11/2013 6:46:38 PM
  • Ahh pre-broadcast, outside-the-gate angst RT @geoffbowles56: @AUG_Masters your arrogance is phenomenal why oh why can't we watch the golf...
  • Livewire Spaniard Sergio Garcia has got off to a roaring start, birdieing three of his first six holes
    4/11/2013 7:17:01 PM
  • Why would anybody watch the Masters on Thursday? You can't get to watch anything . To many mouth pieces and not enough golf.
    4/11/2013 7:17:19 PM
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  • Four days spent following Garcia is never dull as this clip from last month's Arnold Palmer Invitational proves. Don't rule out a repeat of the 33-year-old's tree-climbing antics...
    4/11/2013 7:20:21 PM
  • Gord, it's worth watching Thursday at The Masters just for the blanc-ish shade of those bunkers, I haven't seen white that pure since I last changed my nephew's nappy. Seriously, nothing can be won today but plenty can be lost - just ask Ian Woosnam, who's in the clubhouse on +8.
    4/11/2013 7:23:50 PM

  • Landed in Joburg and can't wait to get home to US Masters coverage to see how my picks Woosnam and Dunbar have featured! #Masters2013 Brent Graham via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    A solid 8 over par for Woosnam in the opening round. He's handily placed for the weekend Geraint Richards via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM
    @owenrhys88 Woosnam! Can you imagine!!! I do fancy Rose, Tiger is gunna be there on Sunday though... Danny Hencher via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/11/2013 7:25:42 PM
  • RT @GolfweekSMartin: .@RickieFowlerPGA's day: 2 doubles, 1 eagle, 5 birdies thru 15 holes. He's 3 under and 3 back of lead.
  • #Augusta, it's you that I love RT @jenngetts: I cry every time I hear @AUG_Masters theme song! I love my hometown! #mastersmoments
  • Sergio Garcia with a 4-under-par 32 on the front nine rockets into a tie for second, two back of the lead.
  • For those of you wondering what David Lynn looks like, our snappers have located him knee-deep in grass

    4/11/2013 7:30:34 PM
  • #Georgia's annual Red Carpet Tour centers on #Masters visit: http://bit.ly/YfRIkw
  • A blast from the past: Sandy Lyle, the 1988 winner of the green jacket, has given himself a great chance of being here over the weekend. The first British winner of the Masters has shot a one-over 73 and is fully justifying his entry last year into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
    4/11/2013 7:59:21 PM
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  • And to feel the full force of the blast from the past, this video of his sublime bunker shot and unbridled wee Scottish jig from 1988 is a real treat...
    4/11/2013 8:02:17 PM
  • Tiger has shot an opening round 70 and has also turned the air a tint of turquoise...
    RT @Deadspin: VIDEO: Tiger Woods drops his first f-bomb of the Masters: t.coAnthony Szalyga via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/11/2013 8:04:48 PM
  • Fred Couples reaches the turn in -3. The 1992 champion has only once missed the cut at Augusta, not bad for a 53-year-old.
    4/11/2013 8:05:55 PM

  •  New clubs, new logo but thankfully Rory McIlroy's game is heading back to the good old ways. The two-time major winner has just birdied the 9th with a delightful little putt to move to -2
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM


    4/11/2013 8:20:43 PM

  • RT @PGATOUR: In his four #Masters victories, Tiger Woods has opened with 70, 70, 70, 74. Today, he shot 70. Blaze Greengrass via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    The last time Tiger won the Masters there was no Twitter and the IPhone had yet to be released Dean Brown via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/11/2013 8:23:50 PM
  • Justin Rose slipped up at the par-four 17th but still came  home in 70 to leave many people's pre-tournament favourite in a solid position. Here's what the Englishman had to say...

    You can never win it on day one, you can only lose it. I didn't really make
    anything until the 18th, when I knocked in a nice 15-foot putt for par, which
    makes lunch taste good, really.



    4/11/2013 8:32:03 PM
  • Dustin Johnson taps in for a par on 18 to finish the day at -5. The American was solid and just occasionally spectacular around Augusta today. The 28-year-old has the game for this course and has set himself up quite nicely.
    4/11/2013 10:21:12 PM
  • The best 10 holes I have played at The Masters
    That's how Sergio Garcia described the first half of his day, the second half wasn't too bad either.

    4/11/2013 10:23:26 PM
  • Freddie (Couples) fails at the last, a bogey dropping him back to -4 but the 53-year-old former champion can he happy with his lot, that final blemish aside.
    4/11/2013 10:26:12 PM
  • Another messy short putt from Rory McIlory. I promise you this isn't a CTRL+C/CTRL+V problem. McIlroy truly is putting like a cess pit, never mind a drain. Only occasional blurts of brilliance are keeping him in contention, he's back to level par with just the 18th to play.
    4/11/2013 10:37:11 PM
  • Louis Oosthuizen pars the last after twice finding the bunkers on 18 to end the day +2, hardly inspiring stuff from the South African. The same can be said of his playing partner Phil Mickelson, who escaped a foul day on course with a 71.
    4/11/2013 10:40:37 PM
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