Justin Rose and Brett Wetterich came out of the gate today and fired matching rounds of 69, or 3 under par. Rose is playing in his third Masters tournament whereas Wetterich is making his first appearance at Augusta. Wetterich actually made tour history in 2006 by becoming the first tour player ever to from Q-School to the Ryder Cup the next year. He passed Q-School in 2005.
Rose played extremely well (15 pars, 3 birdies) to a course that broke apart many of the world’s best players, including Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both shooting over par at 76 and 73 respectively.
At 7,445 yards, the once low scoring haven of Augusta National yielded an average score of 76.19, which also happens to be the highest in 4 years. The leading score of 3 under is also the highest opening score in 8 years. Friday won’t be explicitly warm and with winds between 15-25 mph, the course will continue to play difficult while keeping the greens fast. The temperatures for the weekend are expected to stay in the 50’s.
I have a good feeling we won’t see any earth shattering scoring records in this year’s Masters tournament, but I do still believe the green jacket will be slipped on Tiger’s shoulders come Sunday afternoon. I am suspecting the cut line will be near +2 tommorow. Right now, +4 wraps up around the 44th player position. The cut line is determined by players within 10 strokes or the lowest 44 players.
If you are able to watch the Masters from your computer, I highly recommend Sportsline.com Masters coverage. Online coverage begins at 10:30am tommorow. You can also view live coverage of Amen Corner on masters.org.
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