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The Winds Blow In At The First Round Of The Masters As Players Struggle

Masters Is Hard Enough Without The Wind

The winds came in on [Thursday] at the First Round at Augusta.  They gusted to 40 mph at some points making the difficult Golf Course that much harder.  It wreaked havoc on the field of Golfers, somewhere around 11 of the 92 Golfers were under par.  Those that were under par had incredible shots that kept them at the top of the leader board.  The winds were so powerful that they pushed the Golf Balls around even on the greens.  Players had to stop and wait for the wind to die down before hitting their shots.  Often the case was that the wind would pick up again while the ball was in the air, knocking them down or pushing them into a hazard.

Asked about it, Phil Mickelson who was 1 under for the day said.

“These weren’t the most difficult conditions to play in. The year when Vijay Singh won it [2000] were the worst.  The greens were firmer and hard to land on.  Today’s greens were softer, easier to target, and therefore easier to chip on.”  With that being said expect the veteran Golfers to play well during the Second Round, which is expected to have the same type of conditions.

A little experience goes a long way. and I expect Mickelson to play well, as he goes after his fourth Green Jacket.

The real standouts of the day were Charley Hoffman who was 7 under, Sergio Garcia was 3 under, Justin Rose was 1 under and Rory McIlroy was 1 over within striking distance of the leader board.  M. Fitzpatrick played well in the early part of his match but faded in the back 9. This left him 1 under for the First Round.  Charley Hoffman clearly looks comfortable a top the leader board.  He played extremely well on the back 9, something that the rest of the field had trouble with.  He went on a birdie run and made five birdies in a row nearly missing a sixth on the 18th Hole.

It will be interesting to see how the Second Round will play out against these winds, as the Masters continues today [Friday] on ESPN at 3pm.

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