The good, the bad and the ugly are all represented on day one at the Masters.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Every day at the Masters brings a wealth of great stories. Here were my favorites from day one.
#1 Jordan Spieth takes a two-shot lead after 18 holes despite a closing bogey on the 18th hole where he had to hit a third shot approach from 260 yards. Spieth made a great up-and-down from the left side of the green to remain two shots up at six-under-par. This lead represented the ninth time in the last seventeen rounds at the Masters that Spieth has owned the lead. He also ran in an amazing five birdies in a row from holes 13-17, his personal best for a major.
#2 Tony Finau stunned the event by first teeing it up at the event at all after dislocating his left ankle during the par-3 event on Wednesday. After sprinting down a short fairway after he had made a hole-in-one he turned the ankle and dislocated it during an ugly episode, even more hard to watch was him pushing it back into place and continuing to play on it. After getting the go ahead to play after an early morning MRI, he not only played but ended up in second place with an amazing 68. Finau is the cousin of injury-prone NBA star Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks. He rated the pain of the injury on Wednesday as a 10 on a 10 point scale in a post round interview with Scott Van Pelt.
#3 Sergio Garcia all but knocked himself out of any chance to repeat as champion with an ugly and mind-blowing 13 on the famed par-5 fifteenth hole. Garcia saw his attempt to hit the green in two finish in the lake in front of the green and then proceeded to dump four more balls in a row in the same lake. He then rolled in a lovely one-putt two finish the hole with a 13. the highest score on the hole of all-time by two strokes. He then proceeded to birdie the next hole with a two on the #16 par-3 Red Bud hole.
#4 A bus driver lost control and rolled a bus full of fans heading to the Masters on Thursday. The wreck which was the result of a steering over-correction slowed traffic to a halt ten miles outside of Augusta and reports said seven to nine passengers were hospitalized with a number of them being reported to be in critical condition. The driver was reported to have been determined to be under the influence at the time of the crash.
#5 British media reportedly were given a list of phrases and words that were banned from being said at the Masters in the Tour’s new crackdown on bad fan behavior. The list was provided to the media outlet by a member of the Masters security team and apparently one of the new banned phrases that would earn Masters gallery members a trip to the exits was “Dilly Dilly,” the latest catch phrase of Bud Light.