Lee Westwood leads Masters after 1st round. April 06 2012
Lee Westwood leads the 2012 Masters at Augusta National after the conclusion of the first round. Lee shot a -5 under par 67 to top the table by one stroke from Louis Oosthuizen and Peter Hanson who had rounds of 68.
Rory McIlroy was among a host of players on -1 under par, while the likes of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Fred Couples, Sergio Garcia and Hunter Mahan are all back on even par. World number one Luke Donald had a troubled first round and is now way behind at +3 for the first round. There was some confusion over his score card, even speculation that Luke would be disqualified, but Luke had signed for +3 round of 75, an administrative was apparently to blame. An official announcement was eventually issued;
"Luke Donald signed for a correct score of 3-over 75, including a bogey 5 on the fifth hole. Due to an administrative error an incorrect score on the fifth hole was entered into our scoring system. That error has been corrected."
After the statement had been issued Luke went off to the practice area, saying;
“I’m going to go to the range just to see if I can find something, especially with my irons. I was just a little bit off with those, not controlling it enough. I struggled with a little bit of mud on the ball today, which I think everyone did. Just going out there and trying to find a good thought for tomorrow. This place, if you are a little bit off, it can eat you up"
Tiger Woods had to suffer two penalty shots, and also hit three tee shots that rattled the pines and was then thrilled to make bogey on his last hole for an even par 72. This is the first time since 2008 that he has failed to break par in the opening round of the Masters. He commented;
"I had some of the worst golf swings I've ever hit today," Rory McIlroy was very pleased with his birdie, birdie finish;
"It was huge, I didn't feel like I had my best out there. To finish under par for the day, I'm very pleased. That was a bit of an improvement from the last time I played it."
Phil Mickleson decided the glass was half full, almost spilling over, after his disappointing first round +2 of 74 and said he was not out of it and expected to make the cut;
"This is good news, because if I can get hot tomorrow, I'm playing good enough to shoot 6 or 7 under, and I'll be right in it for the weekend. Fortunately, I didn't shoot myself out of it."