20:40 ADT – Sorry I missed two hours there. I had to take some sort of break, right? I came home just in time to see the end of Vegas’ round (had a stretch the same as Luke Donald!)..with a bogey. Not surprising. The 18th hole had the 2nd most bogeys all day. Quiros birdied 17 and 18 and is tied with McIlroy, AK fizzeled at the end and Casey ended strong. Maybe after today, people won’t confuse K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang since they’re both -5.
18:41 ADT – After being tied with Rors, Yang finishes bogey-bogey to finish at -5. Seems like everyone is bogeying 18. AK going for birdie on 16…missed it. I think this is the end of my live-blogging. Stay tuned for a Round 1 recap later tonight!
18:37 ADT – AK and Donald come up big. I love these guys.
18:30 ADT – AK sticks a nice approach and has a chance for 3 straight birdies. Also, Luke Donald has a chance to birdie 16, to go -4 thru 3 holes.
18:20 ADT – I’m on complete overload right now. I’m watching online and on TV. I’m going to keep it locked on Holes 15&16 online to see AK (who has made back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14). Yeaaaah buddy, that’s 4 birdies on the day. I hope he can finish the day low. Luke Donald is -3 on his last 2 holes and is sitting at even par.
18:12 ADT – Just noticed that Fred Couples was -2 thru 15. Aside from Phil and Tiger, he has the best record here. Casey is Even, AK/Cink/Vegas all at +2, Glover at +3.
18:03 ADT – Y.E. slips in back to back birdies tying Rory McIlroy at -7. Quiros drops to -4 thru 10. Phil still at -1. AK bounced back with a birdie at 13.
17:53 ADT – AK just double bogeyed the Par 3 #12 to put him at +3..then birdied #13 to get back to +2. Casey and Cink at +1. Y.E. Yang, 1 back of McIlroy thru 15.
17:32 ADT – Schwartzel bogeys 18 to finish at -3. Cink at E, Casey/AK +1, Vegas +2, Glover +3. Yang is low man on the course, -5 thru 13 in second place.
17:22 ADT – Phil just played the….”mega banana” on the 9th hole… what?
17:20 ADT – Yang gets to -5. Schwartzel looks to approach on 18 looking to birdie. Cink and Casey are even par, AK at +1, Vegas at +2, Glover at +3.
17:05 ADT – After 7 straight birdies, Phil get his first birdie on the Par 5 #8. Schwartzel just missed a birdie put to get to -5. Tiger quote “I feel great, I’m only 6 back.” He was actually serious.
17:00 ADT – Tiger missed another birdie putt on 18. He was so close. Tiger finishes at -1 currently T21. PCasey currently at -1 thru 8 AK has 3 bogeys, 2 birdies to sit at +1. Tiger joins CPetts and Francesco in the clubhouse. Cink, Casey, Schwartzel, Vegas, Glover and AK all still on the course. Y.E. Yang is looking like the hotness. Watch out, ladies.
16:25 ADT – Jhonny Vegas gets to -1 thru 3. Francesco jumps up to +2 thru 16. Tiger JUST missed another birdie putt. Probably a 30ft putt though. He’s close! Everyone was ready to explode. Let’s finish hot, Le Tigre. Sergio, Kuchar, Yang all at -4 tied for 2nd. Schwartzel still strong at -3 thru 14.
16:11 ADT – Tiger just missed his birdie putt. Snicklefritz. He finishes his par and has 3 holes left to get it! Remember when I made Sergio Garcia my hot bonus Masters pick? He’s tied for 2nd at -4.
16:07 ADT – Tiger just made me giggle. He just holed his approach shot (his 3rd shot) on the Par 5 15th. Should be back-to-back birdies to get him to -2.
15:50 ADT – 28 of the 99 players in the field are under par. 2 of those are Nike athletes (Charl Schwartzel and Paul Casey)
15:45 ADT – Rors is in at -7, KuchDaddy in 2nd at -5, handful at -3 including Schwartzel. Amen Corner is hurting guys today, but the leaders all turned up their game after that. Seems to be the key today. Sergio just eagled 13. Huge! Pettersson finished at +3, AK and Glover are at +2, Cink and Casey -1, Vegas even par in the last group of the day. Tiger is also at even par thru 13.
15:07 ADT – Tiger makes a clutch putt to save par on the 12th hole. Yeaaaaaah, Eldrick!
14:56 ADT – Tiger starts Amen Corner with a bogey, now sitting at +1 for tournament. Just hit his tee shot on 12 into the bunker… McIltory has pushed it to -7, Goosen at -5, and Schwartzel, Kuchar and Fujita sitting at -3.
14:24 ADT – Charl Schwartzel, -4 thru 8. He just eagled the Par 5 8th hole, T2 with Goosen, trailing McIlroy at -5. Great rebound for Adam Scott…started with a double bogey on Hole 1, now -1 thru 17. Woods still bogey free through 9 holes at -1 with Francesco Molinari.
14:06 ADT – Lots of movement since the last update. Goosen is unwinding (+2 thru Amen Corner), McIlroy is at -5 with a 2 shot lead over Fisher in the clubhouse, Schwartzel is -2, F.Molinari/Woods/Poulter/McDowell are -1, Watney/Westwood/Mahan are E, Petterson/Glover are +1 and Martin Kaymer… +4.
13:20 ADT – Tiger makes his first birdie of the day on hole 6 after 5 straight pars! Schwartzel and Pettersson also at -1. Francesco at even par. Kaymer‘s Augusta struggles continue as he is +3 thru 7. Mahan and Watney at +1, DJ at +2. Kuchar at -3, Westwood at -1. Goosen leads at -5, with McIlroy at -4 and Fisher, Villegas and Fujita at -3.
12:59 ADT – Oops, CPetts birdied the 9th hole and is -2 with a fresh Nike Golf flat-brimmed hat.
12:55 ADT – Lots of big names on the course now. Kuchar, Westwood, McDowell, Mahan all playing well. Tiger is still even through 4. Schwartzel and Pettersson are at -1 and tied for 9th. Francesco Molinari hasn’t made par on a hole yet. Bogey, birdie, birdie, bogey bogey, sitting at +1. Also, Watney has missed some putts thus far…hopefully he gets a better read on these greens. Goosen at -5, Fisher -4, McIlroy and Fujita at -3. Goosen and McIlroy will head to Amen Corner soon, so check out the online coverage.
12:37 ADT – Francesco and CPetts are both at -1, while Tiger is even par thru 3 and Charl Schwartzel has made par on his first hole. Nick Watney made three straight birdies on 7, 8, 9 and is even thru 11. Fisher and Goosen still tied at -4 for the lead, with McIlroy at -3.
12:13 ADT – Eldrick “Tiger” Woods has teed off and is even par through his first hole. Francesco Molinari birdied hole 2 to get back to par, while CPetts made par on hole 6. Fisher and Goosen still tied at -4 for the lead, with McIlroy at -3.
11:45 ADT – Live coverage of Amen Corner has begun! Carl Pettersson has made 5 straight pars to start the event, while Francesco Molinari bogeyed the 1st hole. Ross Fisher and Retief Goosen are tied at -4 for the lead.
11:33 ADT – Carl Pettersson has started with 5 straight pars and sits tied for 10th place. Rory McIlroy has made 3 straight birdies to reach -3, where he’s tied for first with Ross Fisher. Francesco Molinari and Tiger Woods will be teeing off shortly.
10:47 ADT – The Gooseman, Retief Goosen, shows up on the first hole and eagles the 445yard par 4 to take the lead at -2. Watney bogeys hole #4 to put him at +1, while Fowler starts with a bogey and McIlroy starts with a par. Also, our first Nike athlete, Carl Petterrsen, starts par-par.
10:30 ADT – Ross Fisher has 3 birdies and 2 bogeys thru 6 holes. DJ posts a birdie, Watney is even and AScott started double bogey, birdie. Currently 8 golfers are tied at -1 for the lead. I’m loving this replica leaderboard Masters.com is using for scoring.
9:52 ADT – I can’t wait for the Watney, DJ, Adam “Burberry'” Scott pairing. Combined age; 85. Combined appeal to the ladies; 1 million
9:45 ADT – And we’re off! I had a bit of work to do this morning, so I missed the first pairing tee off, but at the moment, Sean O’Hair is -1 thru 3 holes. He’s playing with Ross Fisher and Jonthan Byrd. I like most of the guys in the group. I’ve always had a thing for Ross Fisher since his solo 5th at the 2009 US Open, then beat AK in the Volvo World Match Play Championships.