• Chris Sobey


The first round of the 80th Masters at Augusta was completed last night and defending champion and world number one Jordan Spieth sent out a clear warning to his rivals, shooting a flawless 66 in challenging conditions. His round included 6 birdies and no bogeys and gave him the outright lead by 2 shots.

Spieth is clearly in tip top shape again and in no mood to hand the Green Jacket over. He won from the front last year and if he continues in this vein of form it’s going to take something special from one of the chasing pack to dethrone him this time round.

Outsiders from a betting perspective Danny Lee from New Zealand and Ireland’s Shane Lowrey were Speith’s nearest challengers, both finishing joint second with clubhouse scores of 68. Rory Mcilroy, who was playing in the final group of the day, did get to 4 under with three to play but at the time of writing had dropped a shot and was tied in a big group on 3 under back in joint fourth place.

It was also a good day for some of England’s big names like Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, who all finished with solid rounds of 69, three shots off the lead tied for fourth place.

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