Co-Masters leader DeChambeau regrets not pulling flag on 18

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy

Rory Mc Ilroy was in the final pair last year but finished tied fifth as American Patrick Reed won his first major

All he has done is play tournaments, and the 33-year-old who competed collegiately at Lamar outside Houston is playing the best golf of his life.

Koepka, who missed last year's Masters with a wrist injury, used a combination of jaw-dropping power and laser-like irons to card a six-under-par 66 and sit atop the leaderboard with DeChambeau, who came within inches of a closing eagle. DeChambeau answered with four straight birdies at the end of his round, with two shots inches away from being even better. I made bogey there.

Woods had hit his ball well left of the fairway at Augusta National and played an excellent shot through the trees to the green.

"Should have pulled the flagstick out", joked DeChambeau.

"I don't need to go after every single flag".

Dustin Johnson jumped to four-under after birdies on the 13th and 16th and Phil Mickelson went on a late rampage to birdie five of his last seven holes to shoot 67 - his lowest first round score at Augusta since 201.

"Tiger is a huge, huge inspiration and influence on me", Finau said on Saturday.

It's sad Day only has one major win, but the Australian will always have chances to win at big events no matter how he is feeling. "I finished it off".

ADAM Adam Scott was for a while tied for the lead after completing his first round at the US Masters on a big day for Aussies, while Tiger Woods also produced a brilliant back nine to remind everyone of his ability to capture another major.

Among the clubhouse leaders, Masters debutant Harding and Rahm could be expected to feel the butterflies in the first major of the year, but former victor Scott said he felt them, too.

But the 2013 Masters victor missed a short par putt on the par-3 16th - the bogey dropping him back into a tie for the lead at seven under alongside Day.

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Only one of his five birdies came on a par 5, at No. 15, and it required a wedge off a severe slope and to about 7 feet, which he rapped in with his long putter.

"Look, tomorrow is a very important day because there's no doubt someone in the top 15, or a few of them, are going to play very well", Scott said.

"I've shot this number and won four coats", a confident Woods said of his opening-round two-under par 70.

Scott was treading water at even par through 14 holes but surged up the leaderboard courtesy of birdies at the par-five 15th and hard par-four 17th.

"The conditions weren't that hard".

The Masters, golf's first major on the 2019 schedule and its most prestigious, begins in earnest the PGA Tour season, creating an opportunity for some of the sport's slow-starting stars to correct course.

The good news for Woods is nobody went insane low on a day that seemed ripe for scoring, with soft conditions, warm temperatures and manageable wind.

"I just kind of had a talk with myself going back to seven tee thinking about all my bad shots this week have been just some poor thinking and not being really committed to what I made a decision to do", said Simpson. And that was the problem. I'm gonna do what makes me happy.

Patrick Reed, the 2018 champion, would become only the fourth player in history to repeat as Masters victor.

Jason Day, of Australia, hits on the 17th hole during the second round for the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 12, 2019, in Augusta, Ga.

Tons of golfers complain about Bryson DeChambeau's pace of play while others make fun of his evaluation of air density, but they can laugh all they want because the American is in a tie for the lead alongside Koepka.

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