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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.

  • Dustin Johnson opens with a pair of birdies and adds another at No. 9 to move to 3-under.
  • Some contrasting views on the value of Jack Nicklaus' guest commentary out there on Twitter, what are your thoughts?
    Fantastic knowledge and insight from the great Jack Nicklaus, great addition to the #Masters coverage. If only Seve were here to join him! Ian Smith
    via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM


    Jack Nicklaus propa waffles on! #masters jimmy shane
    via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/11/2013 7:50:48 PM
  • Sergio Garcia birdies the 11th to move within one shot of the leader, Australia's Marc Leishman.
    4/11/2013 7:54:35 PM
  • 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
  • 4/11/2013 8:00:45 PM
  • 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
  • 14-year-old Guan Tianlang is causing quite a stir on and off the course at the moment, the youngest entrant in Masters history has reeled off three birdies (keep quiet about the five bogeys) in his first 14 holes round Augusta. He's +2 at the moment, which is chastening to all those wannabe pros who are no longer teenagers...
    Its crazy how good the young Chinese golfer Guan is getting on! Beating some of the best golfers in the world and hes on 14 #Crazy #Masters Rego via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    RT @ESPN_Numbers: Guan Tiangliang is a 14yr old who is playing in The #Masters & currently beating Phil Mickelson who turned pro 6 y ... Christina M. Kirksey via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM


    That's Badass “@Coral: 14yr old Tianlang Guan playing the Masters. Who cares? I once carded a 55 round on Wii Golf. t.coSinclair via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/11/2013 8:38:27 PM

  •  Ian Poulter found himself blown off course a few too many times today. His birdie at the 12th - the game's most famous par-3 - was the only bright spot in a round that began solidly but fell apart with five bogeys. He's in the clubhouse on +4 and has much work to be done amid criticism that he has left his game undercooked with too little golf.
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM


    4/11/2013 8:44:03 PM
  • Ian Poulter pretty much agrees with my assessment on Twitter...
    Can't be disappointed with that round I drove it so bad. 4 fairways in reg when they are 40 yards wide. Horrific day. Sorry folks no excuse. Ian Poulter via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/11/2013 8:47:46 PM
  • A quick look at the early pacesetters: Australia's Marc Leishman (-6) leads in the clubhouse with two Spaniards - Sergio Garcia and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano - nipping at his heels on -5. Englishman David Lynn and  the never-less-than-outrageous American Rickie Fowler are in the clubhouse on -4.
    4/11/2013 8:55:09 PM

  •  A lot of talk about the presence of a 14-year-old in the field but 55-year-old German Bernhard Langer is proving that there is little substitute for experience. The two-time Masters winner is -2 with three to play
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM


    4/11/2013 9:03:26 PM
  • Rory McIlroy misses another short put - this one for par - at the 13th and he drops back to +1. Butch Harmon believes Augusta is playing as easy as he's ever seen it today. A big opportunity about to go begging for the young Northern Irishman.
    4/11/2013 9:07:57 PM
  • Before we came on air, Welshman Jamie Donaldson had the galleries roaring like a male voice choir when he struck a hole-in-one at the 6th. The Masters debutant needed the stroke of magic as he finished with a competitive +2...
    jamie Donaldson hitting a hole in one on masters début! well done son Alan Taylor via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    First bet of the masters cashed. Thank you Jamie Donaldson on the 6th! Dave Bouchard via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    Jamie Donaldson makes hole-in-one on the par-3 6th hole at the Masters | Devil Ball Golf t.co #Golf lvgolfblogger via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM


    4/11/2013 9:14:47 PM

  •  Jamie Donaldson obviously paid a pre-tournament visit to Ian Poulter's tailor. The Welshman was not just sartorially splendid, he struck an ace on debut to ensure his play matched his statement trousers
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM


    4/11/2013 9:18:36 PM
  • Sergio Garcia birdies the 15th to join Marc Leishman at the top of the leaderboard, it's taken two-and-a-half hours for someone to catch the Australian and, I for one, am glad it is the whirlwind Spaniard who has done so.
    4/11/2013 9:23:25 PM
  • It appears I am not the only one who would relish a Garcia victory - but who would be your dream winner?
    Garcia's been brilliant! Top player! Noel Gallagher via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    Sergio Garcia birdies 15 to become co-leader at -6. Would love to see Garcia in contention on Sunday back 9. Know it would be exciting!! Horace Rumpole via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    MY BOY SERGIO GARCIA IN THE LEAD AT THE MASTERS rabbit via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    RT @EilidhBarbour: If I could choose a #Masters winner it would be Garcia. He's brilliant. I love his unique little eccentricities. Come ... Jonny Hughes via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/11/2013 9:25:33 PM
  • Tiger Woods did what he does best at Augusta and opened up with a 70 (same first-round score he registered in three of his four Masters wins) - and he thinks it could have been better if not for those pesky greens...

    I thought the greens were a little bit tough in the sense that they just didn't have the sheen to them, they didn't have the roll out. A couple of putts, we were talking about it in our group, just weren't that fast.

    It was benign, especially starting out. The wind picked up in the middle part of the round and it got a little bit swirly there at Amen Corner, as usual.

    But overall I think the biggest challenge today was just the speed of the greens. They just weren't quite there. They looked it, but just weren't quite putting it.


    4/11/2013 9:29:08 PM
  • And now Sergio has a birdie chance at the 16th for the outright lead...
    4/11/2013 9:31:19 PM
  • Guan Tianlang birdies the 18th to finish +1. Guan is 14 (fourteen). Colin Montgomerie thought anything under 80 would have miraculous. Guan has finished with a 73, playing in the company of 61-year-old Ben Crenshaw.
    4/11/2013 9:34:49 PM
  • It takes a lot to impress Gary Player: shooting 73 at Augusta as a 14-year-old will just about do it though...
    Some super scores today @The_Masters but really impressed by 14 year old Tianlang Guan. Remarkable Gary Player via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    Ben crenshaw all around class act shoots 80 and cheers for Guan all day long #greatmentor #greatguy Levi Krizenesky via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM
    Guan Tianlang 14 yrs old and shoots a 73, what have I done with my life?! MunsterBecks via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/11/2013 9:46:26 PM

  •  China's Guan Tianlang may look every inch a 14-year-old with surly grimace and baseball cap but with golf club in hand he is transformed into a man of steel and maturity
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM


    4/11/2013 9:51:07 PM
  • Sergio Garcia, 19 years Guan's senior, holds his nerve to par the tricky 17th and remain on -6 with a share of the first-round lead.
    4/11/2013 9:55:07 PM
  • BOGEY ALERT: Rory McIlroy stutters over another short par putt, his tee-to-green game looks in fine fettle but my, oh my, his putter is colder than an English April. He's level par through 14 after matching his four birdies with four bogeys.
    4/11/2013 9:57:35 PM
  • BIRDIE: Silver-haired fox Freddie Couples birdies the 17th to move to -5 he's joined there by compatriots Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson.
    4/11/2013 10:02:24 PM
  • PERFECT PAR: Sergio Garcia finishes with a par to complete a masterful round of 66, which featured not a single dropped shot. There's a long way to go but the Spaniard's putter - so often the scourge of his game - has been as reliable as the Spanish economy is shaky.
    4/11/2013 10:11:17 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

  •  Phil Mickelson usually sparkles around Augusta. But not today, save for his now customary birdie at the 13th their was very little for the southpaw to write home about - or even Tweet about
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM


    4/11/2013 10:46:15 PM
  • A par for Rory McIlroy at the 18th, an outside chance of a birdie that he at least pushed past the whole, level par is a disappointing return for the Northern Irishman and it leaves him six strokes off the lead.
    4/11/2013 10:51:23 PM
  • I hit the ball as sharp as I have for decades. I decided to just swing the club as hard as I can.



    At 53, golf is no longer rocket science for Freddie Couples, who shot a first-round 68.
    4/11/2013 10:57:54 PM
  • Rory trades birdies and bogeys all the way to a 72 - 6 behind going in to day 2 with storms forecast overnight
  • PICTURES OF THE DAY

     China's 14-year-old Guan Tianlang - yes, that's right, fourteen - provided the story of the day by shooting a composed mistake-free 73
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM


     All eyes were on Tiger Woods today - including those of playing partner Luke Donald - and he rarely disappointed
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM


     Another pair of eyes glued to Tiger's performance belonged to professional skier Lindsey Vonn, the current squeeze of the world's number one golfer
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM



     Welshman Jamie Donaldson did full justice to his Poulter-inspired attire when he sunk a hole-in-one at the 6th to mark his Masters debut in fine style
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM
     Speaking of Ian Poulter, he unveiled another sartorial masterpiece but his A-game stayed as invisible as his trousers were visible
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM


     Forget the floral background, there was little pretty to admire in Rory McIlroy's short game, his short putting in particular returned to haunt him with alarming regularity
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM


     Phil Mickelson has much to chew over as he headed back to the clubhouse thankful for a one-under 71, only the American southpaw's tenacious brilliance held his patchy round together
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 11:25 PM


     Rickie Fowler looked as tart as a twist of lime over the local Georgian rum and played his colourful four-under round with just as much punch
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM

     61-year-old Ben Crenshaw milks the applause as he leads his playing partners down the 17th fairway. 19-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero, centre, and Guan Tianlang, 14, are young enough to be his grandchildren
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM




    4/11/2013 11:37:15 PM
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