Day One Highlights Golf: The Masters


Day One Highlights

Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Augusta of the opening day's play at the Masters with commentary from Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Andrew Cotter and Paul Azinger.


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Maybe... Yes, sir! Got a chance. Yes!

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Their riches, can you believe it? What a shot. Incredible. Danny

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Willett is the Masters champion. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me

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in welcoming and expressing our love and affection to Mrs Arnold Palmer.

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APPLAUSE STUDIO: A poignant moment to start

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the Masters as Billy Payne accompanied by Arnold Palmer's

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widow, Kate, placed his jacket on the chair at the 1st tee. Welcome to

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the 2017 Masters. It is a wonderful, but in one respect difficult, day.

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For the first time in many, many decades, someone is obviously

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missing from the first tee here at Augusta National and the Masters.

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The almost unbearable sadness we all feel at the passing of Arnold Palmer

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is surpassed only by the love and affection for him, which will for

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reside in our hearts I am so happy that this honorary start of ceremony

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continues today, as it always will, in the good hands of an old's great

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friends, themselves legendary golfers. First on the tee, please

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APPLAUSE APPLAUSE

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Next on the tee we welcome back our six time, yes, six time Masters

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champion. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back Mr Jack

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Nicholas. APPLAUSE Well done, well done! Ladies and

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gentlemen, the 2017 Masters is now officially begun. Have fun. A very

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moving occasion with his great friends Jack and Gary, the remaining

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members of golf's big three visibly affected, boasted Arnie's memory

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proud today. It's been an emotional and dramatic start. Even as the

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ceremony was taking place we still didn't know if the world number one

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Dustin Johnson would be fit to play. Because Dustin fell downstairs at

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his rental home last night, injured his lower back. The man who's been

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on such a hot street of form with three wins in a row this season came

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to because early this morning, warmed up rather gingerly, it has to

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be said, and indicated he would try to play. He'd been on

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anti-inflammatories, ice, had a heat Pack on the back but as the minutes

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ticked down to his tea-time, it became clear he was not going to

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make that date. The world number one and pretournament favourite walked

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away and out of the Masters. Only the second world number one missed

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tournament after Tiger Woods in 2014. With Johnson out the

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bookmakers quickly installed Jordan Spieth as the new favourite and Rory

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McIlroy just behind. Johnson apart everyone else in this field seem to

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fit and ready and raring to go it in the first men's major of 2017.

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There are a few motions riding, it'll be an amazing experience being

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defending champion. Then hopefully we can play some nice golf and be

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around all week and enjoy what is going to be a very special occasion.

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A massive shot. Fantastic result. I just want to try and do the best job

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I can. You've got to make sure you always stay focused, you always

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mentally grinding until it's done. I believe I'm at my a game, I feel

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that win is anywhere. It's been an up-and-down, mainly up right, at

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Augusta National. The idea is to get yourself into contention and be

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mentally strong enough to pull through. Jordan Spieth, Masters

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champion. 2015. I want to win a green jacket. That would be the same

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whether I'm going for a slam, my first major or my temps, I just want

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to win the Masters. It would put me in a place in golf history that very

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few people have gone for. Rory again attempting to complete the fabled

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career grand slam, the green jacket the only price to have eluded him so

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far. He had an afternoon appointment at Augusta National, these were some

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of the key times on the opening day. 2015 champion and new favourite

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Jordan Spieth with Martin Kaymer and Martin Fitzpatrick of England.

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Justin Rose had a morning tee time with Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker.

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Danny Willett beginning his defence in the company of amiable Matt

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Kuchar and new Aussie star Curtis Luck. Henrik Stenson accompanying

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2009 green jacket winner Angel Cabrera and English new boy Tyrrell

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Hatton. For time major winner Rory McIlroy out with fancied first time

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at John Ryan of Spain. That last tee time... Bubba Watson and Jimmy

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Walker. After the thunderstorms and torrential rain in the build-up we

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had a challenging start. 25 mph winds. Swirling through the pines at

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Augusta National. Highs of only 62 degrees. Sandy Lyle is a man for all

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seasons, the player with the most Masters starts in this field. 36-1

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for the 1998 champion. He was making his experience count at the 3rd to

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go 1-under. A lovely start. Andy Sullivan from Nuneaton is one of a

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record 11 Englishmen. Missed the cut on his debut last year. A lovely

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start to his second campaign. This was his third at the long par-5

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second, it would be good enough to take him into red numbers. Scott

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Piercy from Las Vegas bogeyed the first. At seven he'd picked up two

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shots. Here is another one to go 2-under and into an early lead.

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Straight as a dive. Joined quickly by Thomas Pieters. A Ryder Cup star

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last year at Hazeltine. Not fazed then and not now. 2-under through

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four holes. The ever sharp Rickie Fowler is quietly fancied for major

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success by many here. At the 3rd hole, Flowering Peach, the

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Californian would slot this one to join the leaders at 2-under par.

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Here is where it stands. Scott Piercy, Thomas Pieters and Rickie

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Fowler sharing the early limelight. Fred Couples on the 25th anniversary

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of his memorable victory here in 1992. The 81st Masters under way and

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it's time to say hello to Andrew Cotter, Paul Brown, Paul Azinger and

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Peter Alice. COMMENTATOR: Thank you. Martin Kaymer at the 2nd. The long

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downhill par-5. Laid up short. Long pitch and run. Firm shot. She goes.

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Looks good, looks tidy, looks OK. That's the way to do it. From 1-over

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to 1-under. In one fell swoop. Such an easy game. Andy Sullivan for his

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birdie on seven. Into red figures. Grobler debut in the Masters last

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year, 81-81. Much better here today. Quite tidy card. Back to the second

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green, Phil Mickelson, a putt you wouldn't wish on your old granny.

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Eight foot of Burrow, got to go over the edge, over the top, down and

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round and in. Get out of the way, is on. I don't believe it, I do not

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believe it! He's holed it from eagle three and goes 2-under. 47 years of

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age and not a Zimmer frame insight! Thomas Pieters, powerful player from

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Belgium. First time here at the Masters. Second to the fifth. Fiddly

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green, this. They all are. Kindly pin position today, a few kindly pin

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positions with the wind up. Beautiful shot from

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Pieters. Gently, gently... Tiptoe, tiptoe... In she goes. Justin Rose,

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home favourite. 1-under par. He birdied the second, birdied the

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fourth, now Thomas Pieters for birdie number three. Just touched it

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into the middle and Pieters 3-under par on his Masters debut.

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STUDIO: Thomas Pieters at six feet five. The Antwerp man one ahead

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playing only his third major tournament. If field of 93 under way

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but sadly left behind at the clubhouse, reigning US Open champion

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Dustin Johnson. This morning, you know, as you could see, I went out

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and tried to hit balls. I can swing may be 70%, was about Macs. It still

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hurt. It wasn't the problem, it didn't hurt. The backswing was fine,

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I could take it back, it was impact and through impact is where it would

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catch. I just felt like I'm not going to be able to compete. What

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was the expectation as you walked towards the tee? My heart is in it

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and wants to play. The more I thought about it, the more I

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literally... I just wasn't going to have any chance. What was it like to

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have to make the decision, number one player in the world, you know

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how hard you've worked, you've trained the right way to make this

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decision? It's unbelievably difficult. This is one of my

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favourite tournaments of the year, I feel I'm playing the best golf of my

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career right now. For me to pull-out is, I mean, it sucks really bad. I'm

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very sad I have to do it, but it's a freak accident. I feel like, you

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know, I wanted to play, wanted to try and play, just I'm not going to

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be able to compete like this. Very sad he's had to withdraw, but here

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we are at the 16th. Russell Henley going along nicely, 2-under par.

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This for a birdie. Should come a little bit down to the left.

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Everything sort of drops down towards the water. This is to go to

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3-under. Keep up, keep up. That was a really durably messy one. But he

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stays 2-under par. Just a little tap in. Meticulously. This is why the

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game takes five hours. The we are. Another story, that, for another

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day. 2-under, Henley. Three-time champion, Mickelson. Eagle on the

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second. Chance for birdie on the fourth. Get in, Christ somebody.

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Mickelson moves 3-under, how about that for a start? 3-under after

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four. A pretty tidy start. Pieters at the 8th, long par-5, all uphill.

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Third shot. Pitches it up boldly. How do they do that? Beautiful shot.

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Brandt Snedeker, quickfire putter, long way across the long par-3 4th

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hole. Tidy enough. A roar from the crowd and salute from Snedeker. But

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they shot at the 3rd but get it back in some style at before. Still

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whooping and hollering for Snedeker. He does love this place. Back to the

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tranquillity of the eighth. Pieters, this to go to 4-under par. Rattled

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that one in. 4-under he goes after eight. Leaders this final event in

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grand style. -- he leads this final event. Can he keep it going? This is

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the Korean born American, James Hahn. He won at Riviera and Quail

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Hollow. Not a bad place to Mr down the right-hand side. That is stone

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dead, it'll be a birdie - birdie start for James Hahn. Pretty steady

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stuff from Paul Casey so far. Dropped a shot at the 1st. Par all

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the way since then. Look at that. One for the galleries. Can't believe

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his own brilliance. "I Am awesome". That'll be birdie. Back to level

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par. Do that again... To the sixth. Mickelson. He missed a putt half

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this length on the last. It is a par putt. 2-under at the moment. Hello,

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hello, hello. He holes that. 1-under. Big tee shot on the tenth

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four Pieters. Such an impressive performance so far in his first trip

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to Augusta. Another arrow flies from Pieters. Birdie opportunity coming

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up. The defending champion, Danny Willett, coming out from a shady

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spot. Moves it through the trees. Looks as though it could be a very

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good result. We will eventually find it. Squirted it through. Looks as if

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it clipped the trees and stopped. Still in trouble. Short putt, fairly

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quick one left for Pieters on the tenth. Fearless on his first

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appearance. 5-under after ten holes at Augusta.

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Pieters well clear as it stands. More than three shots ahead of

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American Billy Hurley III Russell Henley with a very good score today.

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Danny Willett defending champion at the 1st hole for a double bogey.

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Come on... It's a six. Not the way to start your day. Disses a horrible

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hole. Beautiful but horrible, with the wind howling around. Not so

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horrible for Andy Sullivan. Flag hanging around there. Should be a

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tap in two. The eighth green. Fitzpatrick. 1-over par but this for

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birdie. To get back to level. And he does. Well done. Smooth touch on the

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greens. One bogey, one birdie, level par.

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Perhaps a first little mistake from Thomas Pieters. It is par-4 one

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half, this. To save his four. So, first shot dropped for Pieters. To

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12, Andy Sullivan, after that beautiful tee shot. Pop sitting,

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2-under. Well done, Young sailor. -- well done, young sir. McIlroy

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getting ready for his afternoon tee time. One of the very last starters.

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Cold out there. Michael Byrne one, his coach, wrapped up warm. It'll be

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tough conditions for McIlroy later on. The wind getting up. 12 feet,

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Pieters, 4-under, this is the most difficult part of the course to

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judge the distance. Over the water. Only 150 yards today. He didn't make

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it. 20, 20 five yards short. It must have ballooned into the wind.

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Something happened, you can't make a mistake like that, huge mistake. It

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was not wind assisted. All greens in regulation so far. Second birdie of

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the day for Justin Rose. He really does like this place. A good record

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at the Masters. Pieters at 12. This is for five. In she goes with two

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shots gone. Back to 2-under par. First taste of Amen Corner for

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Thomas Pieters. A rather bitter one. Having had the outright lead, Golden

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Bell has bitten him at the infamous 12. As it has done so many other

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players in the past. Andy Sullivan alongside Thomas Pieters and Rickie

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Fowler, three way leaders on 2-under par. Kevin Chappell. New name. Here

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at the 16th. It's on the way. In two and off the left here. Getting

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better all the time. Danny Willett at the 3rd, 3-over

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par. Little up the hill. He could do with a birdie. He's done it. Double

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bogey, bogey, birdie start. 2-over for the defending champion. You'll

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be pleased with that. Kevin Chappell here. Follows up that terrific tee

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shot with a nice putt, now Kevin Chappell gets 2-under par. Such

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tricky conditions on nine, Justin Rose going along nicely. A pretty

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rare birdie at nine. He goes out in 34. His preparation for this week

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has been absolutely perfect. 2-under after nine. Rory McIlroy here at the

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1st. Getting underway. Look at the flags on the scoreboard you can see

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the windows into and off his left. -- see the wind is into and off his

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left. He's one of few to the bunker here at the 1st. Not a great place

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to be. Glorious looking 15th, Rickie Fowler

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having a shot at the par-5 two. Among the azaleas. He needs his

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fingers crossed or he's in a very awkward spot. Plenty to contemplate.

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Jordan Spieth at 12. You wonder what's running through his mind

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right now. Had a real disaster here last year. The media will never let

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him forget that. A pretty good shot for Jordan. Kind of a mock cheer

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from the crowd. Kevin Chappell, slightly disappointing bogey to

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finish. But round in 71. There will be many players breaking par today,

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so he'll be delighted with that. With his card. 35, 36 for the man

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from California. Jordan now for his birdie here at 12. I think last year

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Jordan probably reminded a couple of generations of players how dangerous

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this 12th hole can be especially on a Sunday. Certainly this hole has

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had its toll on a few players today. Pretty nicely judged for Jordan,

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it'll be a tap in par. He'll stay level par. At the moment. Pretty

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good score through 12 holes. Quite a blustery wind. After finding a

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bunker off the tee, Rory has this for his par at the 1st. Despite all

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the heavy rain we had last night, the green is pretty quick. Like

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many, he's going to start with a bogey. Rickie Fowler, we saw his

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second shot go over the green. Probably a pretty good break that he

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ended up here. This delicate shot. To a flat. Then down the hill. He is

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judged it nicely. Yes. Look at it go. That is a pretty good shot

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there, I think, for Rickie Fowler. He'll be happy. I believe he thought

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he was in the azaleas after he hit his second shot. Now he's got a

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great opportunity at birdie. Sullivan for his par. The 15th.

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Par-5. We've seen plenty of drop strokes. Another one going for Andy

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Sullivan. Free holes left to play. After playing two terrific shots

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here at the 11th, Justin Rose up the hill for birdie. The 11th has taken

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its toll on a lot of players today. Justin will be happy to settle for

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par here and make his way to that 12th hole. Paul Casey. A delicate

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shot required. He jolly well has. What a delightful shot. 36. Couple

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of birdies at 13 and 14 move him 1-under par. 11 English players in

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the Masters this year. Rickie now for birdie. Yes. He hits those putts

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firmly. Going like a rabbit looking for his hole.

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Let's look at the old scoreboard, three players tied at the top.

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Russell Henley in with 71, as was Kevin Chappell. Not many scores in

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the red. A tough day on the links. Andy Sullivan now for par up the

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hill at 16. Nothing easy about 16, that's

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probably the easiest place to hole can be on this 16th. Spieth, 13th.

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Little bit of movement from left to right, this is for his birdie. A

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good angle to putt from as well. Marge Nelly up the hill. Back to

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business as usual. Nice par at the last. Second, first, second in his

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only three Masters. Unbelievably impressive. To the 16th. Thomas

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Pieters. -5 through ten. Slipped up a bit. It did in the water at 12. He

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fares quite a bit better here. Come that going actually? Not quite, but

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a terrific shot. For Thomas Pieters. Never much brake on this 12th green,

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the flatter stomach of course. Rose has this to save his par. That pays

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can he couldn't leave the hole. -- at that pace. Not a bad miss, beyond

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the flag at the 14th. We saw Casey chipping in earlier from here. He's

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done it again. The little Englishman with a tidy game. How about that?

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2-under, tied for the lead. Seems to be getting stronger. The flag

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rattling around. Justin Rose Amber Hill here at 13. Unbelievably fast

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putt. Just barely touched it. Yes. Perfect speed from Justin Rose. Nice

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birdie here at 13. Little bounce back after the missed short putt at

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12. Well done. Chance to get to 1-under. What a delightful way to

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finish. Three up the 18th Andy Sullivan. He's been struggling for

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form, working so hard and he's been rewarded with an opening round in

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the red. Well done. 71. Now the Irishman, Shane Lowry, for

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birdie. Up the hill and back down. He has

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got it. The fifth is one of the more difficult holes on the course. No

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cars yet. Jordan Spieth at the 15th with his third shot. Difficult with

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a downhill lie. Look at that! Is it fair? He is not best pleased at this

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moment. Playing up for five. This is Fitzpatrick's bird to the 15th,

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playing alongside Jordan Spieth. -- third. That does not look too good.

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He has got away with it nicely. Chance for a birdie. He did not like

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it but he escaped. William McGirt with a long putt.

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Very good. Boom, fist pump! Co-leader now. Jordan Spieth having

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another go to get over the water. Number five coming up. Is that a bit

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heavy? Oh, my good God! On the back and shot over. Well, now. That is

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five. He could save himself double figures. Pieters for Park on the

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18th. -- par. Yikes! Went off in his hand. A birdie putt for young

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Matthew Fitzpatrick. A particular from right to left. Coming down,

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well done! And old head on young shoulders. 3-under par. He leads the

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tournament. He will want to be doing that Sunday night. Peter is coming

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to finish off at the 18th. -- Pieters. Take your time. A very

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exposed part of the course. That is a double bogey to finish. A real

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shame. A great round going for so long. Jordan Spieth, here he is at

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the 15th. Over the back of the green for the bliss for a triple bogey.

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That will not make it. That will not be back on your heels. Wow!

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Wow, indeed. The neutron and favourite, Spieth, had threatened to

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tear it up this year. -- new tournament favourite. That has

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dropped in way back to four over-par. Fitzpatrick is one shot

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ahead of Justin Rose and William McGirt.

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Andy, 71 to start off this year's tournament. How good was that? Just

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went round the corner and tried to pick a few off. Anything around

:33:58.:34:03.

level par and under-par is a hell of a school today. How much did

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conditions change? Not too much. It was gusting pretty good on the first

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day. I do not think I had hit that far into the first. It has not

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changed too much to the have probably got stronger. To get off

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there in 1-under was awesome, to be fair. After last year and will debut

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at the Masters, how pleased with you to show your true colours? It is

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nice to step onto the first Ticos to just hit my shots and play golf full

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it is most get over the rookie mentality. Having a bit more

:34:49.:34:53.

experience, it went well today. I look forward to seeing that

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tomorrow. Shane Lowry, a lovely sound. He is it that one. You little

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beauty! That is just exquisite. It drifted around. He is a delightful

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picture and chipper. A nice one. At the 16th, Mickelson for douce. That

:35:17.:35:30.

was a brave man's putt. 1-under. Nice birdie at the 13th and another

:35:31.:35:37.

at the 16th. This looks like Garcia in a very natty top. Finds the

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bottom of the Cup. Maybe it is his turn. A neat, tidy card. One after

:35:47.:35:56.

eight. McGirt at the 16th. Willie McGirt. 6-iron. The pin in a

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pleasant spot, just to the right. Comes of the bank. We'll down? Yes.

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Back would be very nice. Look out coal! -- hole.

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The third shot of Jason Dufner. Not trying to spin it too much. Just a

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bit of grab and he does it just right. The third at the 13th.

:36:32.:36:42.

McGirt, whose tee shot very nearly found the bottom of the Cup. This

:36:43.:36:49.

bought a two at the 16th, to shared the lead. He has nudged it into the

:36:50.:36:59.

centre of the Cup very confidently. He hit a terrible tee shot. Lucky to

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get it here in two. That could go back all the way.

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He is making a Horlicks of this, Mr Fitzpatrick, on the final hole.

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Caused by a dreadful tee shot. Scuttling into the trees on the

:37:25.:37:30.

left. It will cost him dear. Dufner for a birdie at the 13th. Nicely,

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nicely. Two under. Fitzpatrick at the 18th. Fourth shot, a long putt

:37:44.:37:50.

up the hill. Got to hit it hard. Up she comes. That was a good effort.

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Tales of the way four feet, 4.5 feet. Don't waste all that good

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stuff with one hole! Rarm at the 8th. A man in top form on his rookie

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season. A nice angle for that putt. Not too much slope. This bought a

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five. Six. It will be a six. Be careful how you put that back. He

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marks it with a dustbin lid beside of it but that is OK. Six at the

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last. All caused by a very poor drive. A pity. A very good round.

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Just dented by a six at the last. What is shameful Matthew

:39:01.:39:04.

Fitzpatrick! Still only 22. His third appearance in Augusta. He is a

:39:05.:39:10.

World Tour champion. That has put him into the pack at 1-under par.

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William McGirt, this is the journeymen who is making good on his

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Augusta debut. Phil Mickelson also lurking. Just above him is

:39:26.:39:30.

Fitzpatrick. I wonder what his thoughts will be after that rather

:39:31.:39:31.

awkward finish. Walking off with a double bogey,

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what were the emotions like? Not how you would like to win the round.

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Just one of those things. I will try to make up tomorrow.

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Justin Rose for a par at the 17th. He is on the high side for of it is

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one of those days when you think you can get a four. Every hole is

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possible trouble. You have got to keep a clear head and play very

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conservatively. Attack and defend. It is a defensive day.

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Will he continue or will he spoil it with a birdie, Jon Rahm? Towards the

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hole and he has done it. Jason Dufner, second to the really long

:40:51.:40:58.

14th hole will stop the hole has cut all the way in the back left portion

:40:59.:41:00.

of the green. That is a nice shot. Defending champion Danny Willett at

:41:01.:41:17.

the 13th, two over-par. This could even things up if it goes in. That

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is a three on the par well done! -- on the par-5. The goal is to get it

:41:29.:41:33.

on the right level. A semi-blind shot.

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Oh, yeah. One of the best of the day.

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Jason Dufner at the 14th. A beautiful second. This bought a

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three. Short, quick and in. Birdie, bogey. Bogey, birdie. The

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list goes on and on. He is doing well. Up to the 18th. Justin Rose

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finishing off after that beautiful second shot. A fine drive. A good

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second. Keep it within the boundaries of the hole. Nice and

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firm. Head still. In she goes. 1-under. One of the best schools so

:42:33.:42:42.

far today. Henley, Sullivan, Fitzpatrick and now Justin Rose.

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Well played! What a lovely view from this camera! It looks so simple.

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Nudge one into the air. That is exactly what Charlie has done. Just

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tee it up and knock it on. McGirt missed badly to the left here at 18.

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He is on 3-under par at the moment. Straight downwind. That is

:43:15.:43:21.

beautifully played. Just goes that extra couple of feet. To be the

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clubhouse leader at 3-under par. Everyone is talking about how

:43:32.:43:34.

difficult the weather is for the players. As you approach it? You

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have to accept it first and foremost was we did know it was coming. It is

:43:40.:43:43.

nice to know there is some respite this weekend. It is about getting to

:43:44.:43:48.

the weekend in a decent position. All I really worked on today was

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commitment. Playing with a lot of heart and committing to every shot.

:43:54.:43:57.

William McGirt would be the only player to break 70 so far today if

:43:58.:44:06.

he can make this. Dead centre. Well done! What a start for William

:44:07.:44:08.

McGirt! Back to 15 and Jason Dufner for par.

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We have seen some train wrecks here today. Jordan Spieth made nine at

:44:29.:44:34.

the 15th early. That will be a drop for Dufner. Go back to two

:44:35.:44:45.

under-par. We wondered if anybody would break 70 today. Charley

:44:46.:44:50.

Hoffman still out on the course doing well. That may well be a

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leading school come the end of the day. Your first competitive round at

:44:58.:45:02.

Augusta and you other first man to break into this year. How good does

:45:03.:45:08.

that feel? Very. The only time you break 70 is great and in these

:45:09.:45:12.

conditions it is really good. Charlie Hoffman on the 12th. A

:45:13.:45:21.

beautiful to shot. A chance for him to join McGirt at the top of the

:45:22.:45:33.

board. That was judged absolutely perfectly. Not much noise will stop

:45:34.:45:37.

the crowd realises they are a distant way. The joint lead will

:45:38.:45:41.

Charlie Hoffman alongside William McGirt. Rory McIlroy's bird. This is

:45:42.:45:51.

absolutely magnificent this shot. I cannot imagine how good that is

:45:52.:45:59.

unless you have been here. -- you cannot imagine. At the 14th, tapped

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in the back left corner. An awkward spot for Charlie Hoffman. Not the

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greatest of lies. That really is marvellous. You get that grip on it

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in the breeze. It is one of the best. If it trickled down, it should

:46:21.:46:30.

not go all the way down the green. Stop.

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Another birdie opportunity for Ernie Els here at 17. That will be two in

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a row. All of a sudden, Ernie else in the mix with three straight

:46:46.:46:50.

bogeys. What the beautiful scorecard here!

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Hoffman and a birdie four Hoffman on the 14th. Hoffman now leads the

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Masters on his own. A great save on the 13th and wonderful second on the

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14th. Spun away a bit and he is out in front. Shane Lowry and the chance

:47:15.:47:16.

to join the leaders here. Not to be with eagle but he will

:47:17.:47:30.

move to two under-par. Find boundaries he is putting together.

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He has moved to some errant foliage. Birdied the second, the fourth, the

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fifth, the eighth, and the 13th now. Just one behind the leaders. Hoffman

:47:46.:47:52.

at the top of the hill with his third shot a long way back. Our

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leader stays. Very low with a lot of backspin. He is on dry land. Down

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the little slope for Lee Westwood. It is quick. Will it get there? It

:48:14.:48:21.

is with ease. It is such a pleasure to see it trickled down in the

:48:22.:48:29.

centre of the Cup. Two over four Westwood. A little uphill, a little

:48:30.:48:36.

bit of movement from right to left for Charlie Hoffman.

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He is looking very good. Absolutely in the heart of the Cup. This is an

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exceptional round under very tricky conditions. We are starting to see

:48:53.:48:57.

one or two more birdies in the last five minutes or so. Here is Rory

:48:58.:49:07.

McIlroy with a tickle down the hill. It drops will stop he has had about

:49:08.:49:14.

four, five of those, just to keep him in the hunt. A great round so

:49:15.:49:26.

far from Charlie Hoffman. He has had birdies at the 6th, ninth, eighth,

:49:27.:49:31.

12th, 14th and 15th. We have seen him at Augusta before. He was tied

:49:32.:49:38.

ninth overall and he showed his mettle on the closing weekend. He

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leads by two on day one of the Masters. Charlie Hoffman, 5-under,

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our leader. And another cracking shot from

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Charles. Remember when he used to wear his hair long like Marilyn

:50:09.:50:13.

Monroe. You quite fancied him. In a certain light, yes. After two

:50:14.:50:21.

splendid shots, found the 15th green. He has done it. It was a

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well-deserved birdie. Get his head still long enough. Our leader at the

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16th after that superb tee shot. Just give it a little nudge and in

:50:35.:50:43.

she goes. Charley Hoffman striding away with it. Rory McIlroy and his

:50:44.:50:54.

third shot here at 15. This is a small target. That is a fantastic

:50:55.:50:59.

shot. Here is Lee Westwood, having moved

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to the 16th tee. Three pars for 72. He has played some very good rounds

:51:16.:51:23.

on this course. How about that for eight cracking shot ex-commission

:51:24.:51:26.

might you do not see many coming from that side. Our leader at the

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17th. -- a cracking shot! He is making a mockery of the cause under

:51:40.:51:47.

these treacherous conditions. Rory McIlroy at the 15th and along,

:51:48.:51:52.

downhill putt at four. It is good. Would you believe it? His parting

:51:53.:51:59.

has been a one OK today. He has been wild and wayward and a bit unhappy

:52:00.:52:12.

chimes. -- times. Come along, Lee Westwood. You can do it and he has.

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Well done indeed. That is a great run.

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Our leader, Charley Hoffman, for yet another birdie. It is a birdie

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first. Five in a row. Look at that! Four in a row and five in this nine.

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Quite extraordinary. Rory McIlroy at the 16th, 7-iron. Not a big one, I

:52:49.:52:58.

don't think. A punchy one. And it is a gem. I thought it was a

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hole-in-one. They don't give such vulgar things as prizes for holes in

:53:12.:53:20.

one. A nice tee shot. He has got it nicely. Putting uphill. Hoffman from

:53:21.:53:37.

the light rough here at the 18th. What a terrific bounce! Like he was

:53:38.:53:41.

in the sand and another birdie opportunity for Charley Hoffman.

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Here we are on the 17th hole and Lee Westwood for his 15th straight

:53:51.:53:58.

birdie. A really slow at. Has he hit it? Yes. Westwood making a move.

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Now, Rory McIlroy, that was a dribbler from his partner. This is a

:54:13.:54:21.

little firm one inside the left lip. Yes. This has been an extraordinary

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one from Marco Reus. He has played some very untidy stuff. -- Rory

:54:31.:54:36.

McIlroy. If he keeps it going he will get down in under-par. Charley

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Hoffman, can he do it? This to go 8-under par. Come along, come along,

:54:43.:54:49.

come along. Oh, Charlie! You were robbed. You were robbed, Charlie.

:54:50.:55:00.

What a great round! Fantastic. Fantastic round of golf.

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A couple of bogeys going out. 34. Look at that inward nine. Four in a

:55:12.:55:22.

row. Five in all. Happy days are here again. Charley Hoffman, what

:55:23.:55:33.

the show he has put on today! Eats his career-best by two shots. Now a

:55:34.:55:39.

four shot lead at the top of the board. How did you feel walking off

:55:40.:55:47.

18 having shot 65 to start this year's masters? Excited. Any time

:55:48.:55:53.

you need a Masters is unbelievable. I got three rounds of play. And

:55:54.:55:57.

number label feeling going up the 18th hole. Pretty happy with the way

:55:58.:56:03.

I played and it is a good feeling. It has been a late show from Lee

:56:04.:56:11.

Westwood. Look at that! He secured par for a round of 72 under-par. A

:56:12.:56:18.

100-1 shot and he looks very good value. I said on the range to

:56:19.:56:26.

somebody that 1-under par would be a fantastic score. Just waiting for

:56:27.:56:30.

something to happen. If I had got in 3-over par and so making five

:56:31.:56:38.

birdies in a row has been marvellous. Bubba Watson handed up

:56:39.:56:45.

some magic with a pink version. This is what you call a par save.

:56:46.:56:55.

And a biting finish from the world number two. Rory McIlroy, having

:56:56.:57:03.

been 3-under par, that is a level par start. The four time major

:57:04.:57:10.

winner seeking a first green jacket and with it a career grand slam. He

:57:11.:57:15.

is not out of it. You have spoken in the past about stress levels. You

:57:16.:57:20.

have used one or two choice words. Is it fair to say you are less

:57:21.:57:25.

stressed this time around and more relaxed? A little bit. I will have

:57:26.:57:32.

to realise I have so many chances at this tournament. It is the one I

:57:33.:57:37.

need. Everyone keeps reminding me. The more I can come into this event

:57:38.:57:42.

relaxed, and in a better frame of mind, I know that I will play better

:57:43.:57:49.

out there. That showed a little bit today. Stay relaxed. I will try.

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Thank you. A wild day the weather and storylines amidst 40 mph gusts.

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It is the toughest Augusta has played in a decade. Charley Hoffman

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is only the third player in history to birdie all four par threes. He

:58:09.:58:18.

has a four shot lead. Since 2005, no one has come from outside the top

:58:19.:58:23.

ten after round one to win. Rory McIlroy amongst those hoping to

:58:24.:58:28.

change all of that. Radio five Live are up and running this evening with

:58:29.:58:34.

coverage of round to. We will have highlights on BBC Two at 1pm. No

:58:35.:58:39.

distractions because we have live coverage for the whole of the

:58:40.:58:45.

weekend was my day. Uninterrupted coverage starting at 7:30 p.m..

:58:46.:58:52.

So, we began the day talking about the world number one. We ended

:58:53.:58:59.

incomplete admiration for the man ranked 51 places below him. Charley

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Hoffman owns the largest first round lead in over 60 years. What a day!

:59:07.:59:10.

See you soon. Hello! And a very warm welcome to

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the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. With performances from Ry Cooder,

:59:21.:59:28.

Al Stewart,

:59:29.:59:32.

Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Augusta of the opening day's play at the Masters. Englishman Danny Willett claimed the coveted green jacket in 2016, becoming the first Briton to do so since Sir Nick Faldo in 1996. Yet it was Jordan Spieth - the 2015 champion - who took an early lead 12 months ago, carding a six-under-par round of 66 to lead by two shots. However, the American was eventually overhauled on the final day.

Commentary comes from Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Andrew Cotter and Paul Azinger.


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