Sergio Garcia has turned in a bogey-free round to claim a share of the Masters lead. Garcia shot a 6-under 66 Thursday, leaving him tied with Marc Leishman and matching the Spaniard's best score ever at Augusta National.
With ceremonial tee shots from three of golf's greatest players, the Masters has started on an overcast day. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player — with 13 green jackets between them — each struck a ball off the first tee to begin the first major of the year Thursday.
Golfers will take their first swings at Augusta National Golf Club Monday morning as practice rounds begin for the Masters Tournament. It’s been a banner year for housing rentals in the tournament’s host city.
In search of his first major title, Lee Westwood made seven birdies and finished at 5-under par 67 to grab the first-round lead at the Masters. Westwood had a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen, who finished birdie-birdie to shoot 68 on Monday.
The chairman of Augusta National said the course will be ready for the first round of the Masters on Thursday despite a "significant" storm that downed "several" trees and left several bunkers "completely washed out." Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus teed off as ceremonial starters at 7:40 a.m.; they were joined for the first time by Gary Player.
Golf fans are expecting this year's Master's Golf Tournament to be one of the best-ever. Players tee off this week at Augusta National Golf Club. It'll be hard to top last year's race to the finish line -- when at least eight-players had a shot at winning top prize on the last day. But top players appear to be at the top of their games, creating a huge buzz.