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Jordan Spieth storms to front on day one of Masters

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Sergio Garcia enjoyed a practice round with Jose Maria Olazabal on Tuesday

There was Jordan Spieth making a late move as sunlight faded. The 6ft 4in former basketball centre teed off less than 24 hours after dislocating his left ankle (and popping it back in) while celebrating a hole-in-one in the par-3 contest.

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Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler were among those at 70.

Tiger Woods labelled his Masters return after an absence of two years as "awesome", but his performance fell well short of that lofty description. Central Time for Friday's second round.

But even on a remarkable Thursday for Spieth, this one was a slow build.

McIlroy got off to the ideal start with a rare birdie at the first, although he missed further chances over the next five holes before a poor drive at the seventh cost him a bogey-five.

A birdie at the par 5 13th set him on a blazing run of five straight birdies, and although he bogeyed the last after an errant tee shot, Spieth now takes a three-shot lead over Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar into day two. The Masters is his first major since playing the PGA Championship in August 2015.

He intends to be one of them. The others were Raymond Floyd (1976), Jack Nicklaus (1972), Arnold Palmer (1960) and Craig Wood (1941).

With the Finau story grabbing our attention for a healthy chunk of an engrossing opening round, Spieth flew under the radar.

"I thought it was ideal, straight at the flag", the Spaniard said after carding nine-over-par 81. As for getting back into contention, I feel that's incredibly unlikely.

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Tiger Woods attracted most of the attention.

With sloping fairways and speedy greens, Augusta National demands touch, and Spieth is already imagining the texture of the hem of his next green jacket. He played all four in even par, which amounts to giving away strokes at the Masters. Since then, he is 9-over at No. 11, with only two birdies.

Dustin Johnson, the world No.1, stumbled to a one-over 73. He then found Rae's Creek with his tee shot at the next but limited the damage to a bogey. Tiger is a mind-boggling 142 under at the 2nd, 8th, 13th and 15th holes over his career. It's a safe bet that Finau is the only player in the field who had an MRI before going to the course Thursday. Last year, it was 10th-hardest. "So at that point, at about 8 this morning, I knew I was going to play". "For six months I've been off with the putter, not able to trust my reads".

"Eighteen was -- unfortunately, I've had to do some interesting things on 18 in my career here". It's not like he was hitting hit fat and dunking it straight in the water, he hit them well and just put too a little much spin on the ball. "It backs everybody up", he said.

He threaded his second through a gap in those tall pines to find the front right of the green. "It's crowned left to right, and on the left there's iffyness there as well". At the par-5 15th hole, he dropped five different shots into the water to tally a single hole total of 13 to now sit tied for 85 and second to last on the leaderboard. The 13 he posted at No. 15 pushed him to an 81 for his day. You have a lot of uneven lies and sloping greens, so you have to play a lot off of feel and what that lie gives you.

Amazingly, Garcia overcame the shock of the 15th and birdied the par-3 16th.

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