Day battles through back pain to open on 70 at Masters

Day battles through back pain to open on 70 at Masters

Day battles through back pain to open on 70 at Masters

Several players who had late tee times made runs in the afternoon, including three-time major champion Koepka - who missed last year's Masters because of a wrist injury and has won three major championships since his last appearance at Augusta National.

Mickelson, the three-time Masters victor who at 48 could become the oldest major victor ever, kept pace with the 20-something leaders with five birdies in the last seven holes in his five-under 67. DeChambeau and Mickelson had tap-ins for birdie after almost making hole-in-ones.

Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter went around in 68 to ensure the top five was made up entirely of people who went out later in the day.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods insisted he had suffered no ill effects following a freakish incident which threatened to derail his thrilling charge into contention at the 83rd Masters. Finau shot 69-69, Woods scored 70-70.

"I've shot this number and won four coats, so hopefully I can do it again".

In the a year ago, he has won twice on the Sunshine Tour (one was a 54-hole event), twice on the Asian Tour and once on the European Tour (Qatar Masters). I made five birdies.

"It's been an up and down 36 holes for sure", McIlroy said.

And that's right about when Koepka and DeChambeau took off.

Brooks Koepka has made three straight birdies on the back nine to jump into first place at Augusta National.

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How far Woods has come in just a short time became apparent when Woods revealed on the eve of the tournament that he took a nerve block just to be able to get to the champion's dinner here in 2017.

On his second-to-last shot of the opening round, DeChambeau sent a lovely iron into the 18th green and he knew it was good. The ball ran true to the cup and smacked into the middle of the pin with enough force to knock it backward a few inches.

"Oh my gosh, I guess I should have pulled the flag stick", DeChambeau said. Aside from the fact that there are 54 holes of pristine golf left to play, the best news is that the leaderboard is absolutely stacked.

Sales of a Brooks Koepka diet plan after the joint leader's recent weight loss, which has been heavily criticised in some quarters, did not prevent him shooting an opening 66.

Rahm, making his third Masters start, played alongside Woods.

McIlroy opened with a bogey after missing the fairway at the first.

Woods also finished sixth in the Open Championship at Carnoustie and runner-up in the US PGA at Bellerive and added: "The last major championships I have been right there in the mix". He reached the green in two shots on the 510-yard, par-5 and needed just a 2-foot putt for the birdie.

But all eyes will be fixed firmly on Woods, who is attempting to win a fifth Masters green jacket and a 15th major in his first real Masters chance since sharing fourth in 2013. OK, maybe not because there's still tons and tons of golf left, but the greatest golfer to ever to do it is off to the exact start he was looking for. "And to be honest, it's great to sift through some of the really good players and maybe not so great players in this event right now".

"Oh my gosh", DeChambeau said when he watched the replay for the first time. It's just it's very hard out there and every aspect of your game has to be on point. "You make it kind of a reaction sport".

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