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REVIEW: The Masters – Round 1

9 April 2012

The 2012 Master’s kicked off last Thursday with glorious sunshine bathing the Augusta fairways. 19 separate qualification routes sees a total of 109 players invited to join the tournament this year. Last years winner Charl Schwartzel, from South Africa, was looking forward to defending his title as the pairings took to the green. He had a reasonable round but disappointingly finished the day 4 shots off the mark, breaking even and tied 29th.

Coming into The Masters most believed it was a two horse race between Woods and McIlroy. By the middle of Round 1 it was being apparent this was not the case. Following on from his performance at the Shell Houston Open (where he finished third), here at the Caddyshack Rental’s office we’ll be keeping a close eye on Louis Oosthuizen who we’re sure will improve on his 2011 bid where he missed the cut after Round 2. Sure enough after a fantastic day on the course, including four birdies over the last five holes, Oosthuizen finished on 68, 3 under par and joint second with Peter Hanson.

The shock of the day went to Lee Westwood; he had an incredible day at Augusta taking an early lead and holding it! At the end of Round 1, with a dream round of 4 under and total of 67, Westwood finished top of the leaderboard. Having never won a major before (despite briefly holding the No.1 spot in the world ranking) Westwood is keen to build on his terrific start and take that momentum into Round 2.

So what about the 2 we all had our money on? Both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods had a mixed day. McIlroy opened with a double bogey putting undue pressure on him, luckily he dealt with it better this year and pulled his game back including a birdie-birdie finish. Woods also started badly with 2 penalty shots and a number of tress rattling miss-hits. Like Rory he pulled it back and both were relieved to finish the round even on 71.

Join us tomorrow to see how Round 2 pans out and whether Westwood can maintain his lead!