Masters: First Round

Masters Golf

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A brief look at the first round of the Masters on Thursday (all times EDT):

LEADING: Bill Haas at 4-under 68.

TRAILING: Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson at 3-under 69.

GRINDING: The four rounds in the 60s were the fewest for an opening round at Augusta National since there were two rounds in 2007.

LEFTY’S LAMENT: Phil Mickelson had a pair of 7s on his scorecard — triple bogey on No. 7, double bogey on No. 15 — for the first time in a major since the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot.

FAMILY TIES: Bill Haas has had a great uncle (Bob Goalby), father (Jay Haas) and two uncles (Jerry Haas, Dillard Pruitt) play in the Masters.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Bae Sang-moon holed a pitch from about 40 yards behind the green for the only eagle on the par-5 15th.

TURNAROUND: Jason Dufner closed with a 68 to win the PGA Championship. In his next round at a major, he took 9 on the 13th hole and shot 80.

KEY STATISTIC: The four rounds in the 60s were the fewest for an opening round at the Masters since 2007.

NOTEWORTHY: Adam Scott had the lowest opening round by a defending champion at Augusta since Vijay Singh in 2001.

QUOTEWORTHY: “I teed up today and kind of felt like, ‘What was the worst that can happen? I’m still going to be a Masters champion.'” — Adam Scott.

KEY PAIRINGS: 10:30 a.m., Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Justin Rose; 1:15 p.m., Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bill Haas, Matteo Manassero; 1:48 p.m., Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, a-Matthew Fitzpatrick.

TELEVISION: Friday, 3 to 7:30 p.m. ESPN.

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