What a great start to the first Major of 2019. I am not surprised to see the top of the leaderboard. Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka played solid golf and will lead the way today. It is very interesting to watch them surgically take Augusta National apart. But, they are only part of the story.
I am surprised to see that 28 players shot under par and Rory McIlroy was not one of them. He struggled, comparatively, yesterday and I expect to see him in red numbers today. There is still plenty of golf left and Rory is just too good to fade this quickly at the year’s first Major.
One player I am a bit surprised at is Phil Mickelson. He was even par after the 11th hole and then birdied 5 of the last 7 holes. If he keeps this type of relentless playing going, he might have a chance to win his 4th green jacket. You never know how Phil will play from round to round, but I enjoy seeing an older player near the top of the leaderboard.
A big shout out to Bernhard Langer who shot a smooth 1 under par. I do not think he has the game to win, but at 62 years old, he is an inspiration to all golfers. I definitely want to see him make the cut and if he matches the same score today, he will be playing on the weekend for sure.
The craziest round has to belong to Billy Horschel. With 1 eagle, 5 birdies, 6 bogies and 6 pars Horschel was all over the place. He finished with a 1 under round, but his scorecard was more akin to an amateur bashing the ball all over the course. It was fun to watch, but I am not sure his family has any finger nails left!
The first round was as expected. Plenty of great play and a few disappointments. Today we should see much of the same before heading into moving day tomorrow. Things are still too hard to predict, but I do have to mention that the top two players are in my predictions to win this year’s Masters.
How did you like the action yesterday?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!