Day one at The 2014 Masters was good to 2012 Masters Champ, Bubba Watson and two-time major champ, Rory McIlroy, but not so good for three-time Masters champ, Phil Mickelson. The seventh hole at Augusta National started Phil’s back-slide, and a bogey at 15 put the dagger in the 43 year-old super-star’s heart. Phil will need to go low on Friday if he hopes to make the cut so he can contend for his fourth Green Jacket.
Golf Magazine’s Jessica Marksbury and CNN’s Shane O’ Donoghue talk about Augusta National Round 1 victims Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson and Justin Rose, the flawless play of Bubba Watson, and Rory McIlroy’s chances to win.
Rory McIlroy comes to Augusta on a high as he continues to put the disastrous 2013 as far in his rear-view mirror as he can. A final round 65 at The Shell Houston left the 24 year-old Northern Irishman with some good vibes coming into the Masters. He will begin the second round on Friday three strokes off the lead set by Bill Haas, and certainly within striking distance of his first Green Jacke if he can get through Friday without any damage.
A big surprise for me on Thursday was Zach Johnson. I thought with the early season the 2007 champ had, he would be ready for Masters Week. He really hasn’t played well since his break during the West Coast Swing. He fired a 6 over par 78 on Thursday, and like Phil, needs a low round on Friday if he wants to play on the weekend.