It was a pretty normal day at Augusta. Good weather, great course conditions and a host of players still in the mix. Scores are fairly low as compared to the recent history in majors; in fact roughly twice as many players are under par as compared to last year’s event. Twenty-two years after holing a chip shot to win, Augusta native Larry Mize started the tournament with a 67 (-5), bringing back memories of past glory. The story of the day was the incredible round from Texan Chad Campbell. Starting at number one he birdied his first five holes and shot a 31 (-5) on the front side. After making the turn he started another run of four birdies starting on the twelfth, putting him at an astounding nine-under-par. Campbell had two bogies to finish the round but still got in the clubhouse with the lead and a round of 65. Rising star Hunter Mahan is tied for second with Jim Furyk with some yet to finish their rounds. Tiger Woods is currently on the back nine at two-under struggling to find his stride. Greg Norman continued his fine play with a solid first round 70. There is a host of players under par and still in contention.
As with any major championship conditions should get more difficult as the tournament continues. The course will firm up and harder pin positions will be utilized. Look for the scores to come back towards par starting tomorrow. This is certainly shaping up to be one exciting weekend from the grounds of Augusta National.