A lot of the focus of the golf-loving world is, naturally, going to head toward Tiger Woods after the first round at Augusta on Thursday for the delayed Masters tournament. However, before we get there, we have to start with the leader, Paul Casey. Casey was fantastic in the opening round, going out and shooting a spectacular -7 65 to take a two-shot lead into Friday’s second round in Georgia. The Englishman made an eagle on hole three, made three pars over a four-hole stretch between the 13th and 16th, and went bogey-free throughout the round, and he leads over three players at -5.
Those are Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas, and Xander Schauffele. The big story, though, is Tiger Woods, of course, who got off to a great start. He’s been the holder of the Green Jacket for 19 months now, and he didn’t show that he wanted to relinquish that as he made his best Masters start ever with a -4 round. He made no bogeys on the day as well and he made three birdies between the 13th and 16th holes to give him a shot at making an unlikely run to a second consecutive victory. In other news, remarkably, Bryson DeChambeau, who managed to drive the ball over 330 yards off the tee, on average, shot a 70. That’s the same score as Larry Mize, a 62-year-old that only hits it about 247. Golf’s a strange game, isn’t it?