"I don't know what to tell you", said a shaken Garcia, after carding nine-over 81.
"Jordan had a pretty strong finish there", McIlroy said. "It's just it was a really good start". Matt Kuchar and six others were tied at 3 under when McIlroy made the turn one shot back. But this is my best start in a few years.
The best comeback? That might now belong to Finau.
As captured on ESPN, Finau sprained his left ankle while celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 contest Wednesday.
Tiger showed he's as focused as ever, but it's clear that he's enjoying the limelight more than in years past.
A brilliant approach at the 14th curled up about 8 feet short of the flag, and Woods rolled in the birdie putt.
"I place a lot of importance on what happened here in 2011", said McIlroy, who arrives in Augusta riding the momentum from a victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. "Quite honestly, it was a pretty cool moment followed by probably one of my most embarrassing moments and a scary moment at the same time". The increase from 2006 to 2016 is just a little more than the entire amount they competed for when Tiger turned professional.
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Garcia dumped five balls into the water on the par five, where he made an eagle in last year's final round, to record the highest score on the hole in tournament history.
Garcia carded a 13 on the par-5 15th after hitting four shots into the water in front of the green.
"Well, previous year I was about as confident as I've ever been, so it was probably a 10". Over the course of his brilliant Masters career, the four-time champion has played those four longest holes at a cumulative 150 under par.
Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler were among those at 70.
Spieth warns that the course will send everybody's scores skyrocketing on the weekend and players have to prepare for that mentally. It was a frustrating start for the 2015 Masters champion. With all of the experience in the field, and a lot of it playing at a high level, my money is on a repeat champion or one of the young guns finally breaking through.
The American is highly unlikely to attempt the daring feat when the tournament gets under way on Thursday, with the water proving his nemesis two years ago. "I could barely put any pressure on it, could barely walk, " Finau said.
"It took me a while to get over it, but I knew if I looked at the big picture it would serve me well in the long run". I went from a person who had a hard time getting up, walking around, sitting down, anything, to now swinging the club 129 [miles per hour].При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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