Jason Day hits into fan's beer cup during first round of Masters

by Steven Clarke April 7, 2018, 1:21
Jason Day hits into fan's beer cup during first round of Masters

This year, former United States Amateur champion and long-time August National competition chairman Fred Ridley took over from Billy Payne as the Chairman of Augusta National Golf club and the Masters Tournament.

"I still want to compete, and I want to beat these guys", the 42-year-old superstar said as he looked forward to his first Masters in three years, and his first major start since missing the cut at the 2015 PGA Championship. The 42 year old post a pair of top-five finishes in two of his final warmup tournaments for Augusta, almost winning the Valspar Championship in his first appearance.

"It didn't fade", Woods said with a sly grin. "I got a standing ovation on the range. They're really into it".

Day's second shot hit a tree on the first hole, bounced off a fan's shoulder and into his beer cup, according to the Augusta Chronicle. "Unfortunately, people ran out and it clipped them". He missed an 11-footer for bogey.

"A 73 is fine", Woods said. "I could have easily let it slip away".

"I thought it was ideal, straight at the flag", the Spaniard said after carding nine-over-par 81.

He sank a 20-footer for another birdie at the par-3 16th, giving him a bit of momentum heading into Friday.

Spieth took only 10 putts on the back nine. Birdie putts from within 10 feet followed at 16 and 17 before a terrific bogey save at 18.

"It's been a tough road", conceded Woods, "the amount of times that I've fallen because my leg didn't work or I just had to lay on the ground for extended periods of times". The reason why I'm saying I am a walking miracle is that I don't know if anyone who has had a lower back fusion that can swing the club as fast as I. That's incredible.

Spieth, the reigning British Open champion, added that for him the highlights of his round were the eagle and bogey saves at seven and 18. But his fourth shot left him a tap-in.

"Me too", King said. Not even college tuition increased that much during the same time frame.

Most aggravating was playing the par 5s without a birdie.

The return to form of Tiger Woods, recent wins by former champion left-handers Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy's quest for the career grand slam, Dustin Johnson's length, Ricky Fowler's gallery, Jordan Spieth's putting woes, Justin Rose's consistency, Jason Day's focus, and Jon Rahm's volatility all set the stage for an electric weekend. "Maybe Masters week or U.S. Open week - but not for the Valspar Championship in Tampa".

It was just about a month ago that Sergio Garcia joined GateHouse Media's John Evans, Michaux and me in Austin to talk about how his win in last year's Masters was a life-changing experience.

Garcia matched the most strokes needed on any hole in Masters history with his 13 at the par-five 15th - where he hit five consecutive balls in the water.

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