Paul Casey Holds Lead as 1st Round of Masters Suspended
England’s Paul Casey fired a bogey-free 65 (7-under par) to take the first round lead at The Masters on Thursday afternoon.
First round play was suspended at about 5:30 p.m. due to darkness. Though on television, it seemed like there was plenty of light to keep going. Though, the tv is always tough to tell.
Casey has had eight first round leads at The Masters, but in the second round, has never broken 70. I t will be interesting to see how he does tomorrow.
The first round will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Friday on ESPN.
Starting on the back nine, Casey knocked in five birdies, and an eagle to take a commanding lead.
Casey made birdie on ten, 13, 15,16 to play his first nine at four under par.
He then eagled the second hole and birdied the sixth hole to finish at seven-under par.
He has the lead by two shots over anyone else in the field.
Once the afternoon session finally teed off after the morning rain delay, it was all about Justin Thomas.
Thomas is five-under par through ten holes, with just one bogey on the round. In fact, JT was four under through five holes.
He birdied the first three holes, just missed birdie at the fourth hole and then birdied the fifth hole to get to four under.
Thomas had a bogey on seven, but then birdied the par-5 eighth hole and birdied the tough tenth hole to get to five-under.
Thomas’ round was suspended after he completed the tenth hole.
Tiger in the Mix
Entering The Masters, noone knew what to expect of defending champion Tiger Woods.
Coming in Woods had not played a lot, or played well.
However, at least for today, it was a different Tiger.
Starting on the back nine, Woods parred the first three holes, before birding the 13th hole.
He put his tee shot on the right side and just in the rough, and his second shot just barely made the front of the green. He just missed the eagle putt and essentially had a tap-in birdie.
Woods then birdied 15 and 16 to get to three under before parring 17 and 18 to remain there after nine holes.
He then birdied the first hole to get to four-under par. Woods would par in the rest of the way, despite numerous birdie opportunities and putts the just missed.