The Masters

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Garrett Nelson, Reporter

The Masters is one of the biggest tournament of the year. Playing at one of the most loved golf courses in the world, Augusta. Augusta has been the host of the Masters tournament since it’s conception in 1934, where it was initially called the Augusta Invitational Tournament. In 1939 they changed the name to the Masters. The tournament gives the winner a green jacket every time. The winner gets to hold on to the jacket for a year and then the jacket is returned to Augusta and put in a room with all of the other winner’s jackets.

After the first round of the Master’s things have been shaken up. For starter’s the heavy favorite, and the world rank number one had to withdraw from the tournament due to a back injury that he suffered. This change came as a shock to many and completely changed the field of golfers this week and weekend.

At the top of the leaderboard after the first day is American Charley Hoffman. Hoffman is -7 through his first 18 holes and has a four shot lead on second place. Those closely trailing Hoffman are, William McGirt, Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose.

Another golfer, Jordan Spieth, who has previously won the Masters, and was favored by many to win the tournament is having a very rough start to the Masters so far. He is +3 through his first eighteen with an egregious quadruple bogey on the par 5 15th at Augusta. This hole led him on a slide down the leaderboard and left him a lot of ground to make up in the days coming up.

Guys that have been here before have an obvious advantage over the rest of the field and this is obviously evident when looking at golfers like Phil Mickelson. Mickelson has won four green jackets before and is chasing for a fifth at a current T-4 place at -1.

With the middle of the field tightening up there is going to be a lot of moving around on the leaderboard. Guys like McILroy and and Kuchar and Rose are going to be making a strong run for the jacket.

With such a strong field of golfers, an early lead by no means that anything is out of reach. There are 45 golfers between 5 shots of each other, for the most part all of the golfers are capable of catching up to Hoffman.