Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Adam Scott starts strongly, Tiger Woods stalking leaders after opening day

Adam Scott starts strongly, Tiger Woods stalking leaders after opening day

Tiger Woods made a solid start in his pursuit of a fifth Masters title with a quick birdie that left him one shot back of the early first-round leaders at Augusta National on Thursday. "So I'm off to a good start".

"When I strike it really well I think I strike it with the best of them and I hit a lot of greens and that showed up today".

Conners took sole possession of the lead with an eagle at the par-5 15th, which followed two straight birdies.

Marc Leishman is at even par after three-putting the last hole for a bogey.

Player and Nicklaus continued their role as honorary starters by each hitting a tee shot on the opening hole, with 83-year-old Player producing the longest - and most accurate - drive by around 30 yards from 79-year-old Nicklaus. "If I missed, I missed in the correct spots, which is always key".

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Rory McIlroy, who arrived at Augusta National as the hottest player on the planet and needing a win to become only the sixth player to complete golf's career grand slam, was one over through two holes after a bogey at the first. Defending champion Patrick Reed is grouped with former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Viktor Hovland.

World number one Justin Rose gets a late start on Thursday and will be grouped alongside three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson and PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas.

What a leaderboard we have after day one at the Masters.

Jason Day finished a shot back at two-under.

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