Golf fans could not ask for much more from a golf tournament. Mr. Fred Couples leads the tournament after day one. He has one of the most diverse groups in golf leaderboard history chasing him. With ten players within two shots there should be plenty of excitement. Tiger Woods had a surprisingly warm reception on the first tee and Phil Mickelson finally found his putting stroke to shoot a 67. Lee Westwood, who seems to be near the top of every major in recent history, also shot 67 along with Tom Watson. Following his 72 hole bogey, and eventual loss in a playoff, at the British Open last summer Watson is showing he can still compete at age 60.
Day one was everything promised and more. Perhaps the scariest thing is how comfortable Tiger Woods seemed to be. There is no doubt that even he had some butterflies going into today. There were a lot of questions regarding the reception he would receive and how some five plus months away would treat him. As usual Tiger scrambled around Augusta to a four under 68, just two shots back. If he settles in he could easily run away with this. For now it is a crowded leaderboard with proven winners in the hunt. There is not doubt that people will be glued to the tube this weekend.