WHAT WIND: Charley Hoffman leads the field after the first round of the Masters.
WHAT WIND: Charley Hoffman leads the field after the first round of the Masters. David Goldman

The course and the wind were the winners on day one

JUSTIN Rose's huge magnetic name tag was ripped off the big scoreboard next to the 18th green andsand filled the faces of patrons sitting behind it.

It was a wind Augusta hadn't seen in a decade, according to Adam Scott, who was dealt such a bad hand by the giant gusts that one of his shots was sent backwards.

Charley Hoffman found a way to navigate through it to take on the opening day of the Masters with a stunning seven-under 65, a round that was the exception rather than the rule.

And only four first round leaders have gone on to win the Masters in the past 40 years.

It was a day out of the box and the stats said it all. There were 383 bogeys on day one of the Masters, 33 double-bogeys and even 10 "others".

One of those others came from 2015 champ Jordan Spieth, who has never finished worse than second in three Masters and had a quadruple-bogey nine on the 15th hole.

The battles were everywhere with a wind that had the Augusta patrons holding on to their hats and their cups of sweet ice tea.

"I hit a four-iron to lay up (into the par-five 15th) and it caught a gust. And (playing partner) Kevin Kisner said it went 15 yards backwards at the peak of its flight," Scott said.

"He was standing up ahead because he had already hit. And he was watching it and he watched it go back toward me

"My putt on the last - I'm putting from 45 feet up the hill straight downwind. And once it was on top it was just rolling like it was flying.

"I had a ball that was three feet from the hole. I'd marked it, put it back, and it rolled to 12 feet. It was borderline unplayable.

"I can remember Friday of '07 with the cold and that stands out to me as the hardest day here. Like I said, it was borderline unplayable all swirling around."

Brandt Snedeker loves playing fast, and had been vocal in the past about how slow Jason Day plays.

They were paired together in round one and it was the American taking his time because the wind was playing such games with these seasoned pros.

"Brandt, I think it took maybe five minutes to hit the shot, something like that, like, on the 12th hole, which is understandable," Day said.

"I didn't even think he was going to pull the trigger. He turned around and said, 'Does anyone else want to hit this shot?' That's the feeling in those conditions."

Even amateur Curtis Luck got caught in the crossfire of a wind that wouldn't quit, but sometimes did, which just made everything so much harder.

"That hole down on 12 is crazy," he said of the short par-three that brought plenty unstuck.,

"Every single one of us in that group hit the same club, same shot. We had one land 16m past the flag, almost up the hill in the trees, we had one land pin high and we had one land 25 short.

"I was a little baffled by it."

He was baffled, the leaderboard was battered, and the golf course beat them all.

News Corp Australia


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