Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Sergio Garcia joined Marc Leishman in the lead
at 6-under 66 after Thursday's first round of the 77th Masters.
Garcia has won an event in four of the last five years on either the PGA or
European Tour, but is on the short list of best players without a major
championship victory. His best finish at Augusta National was back in 2002,
when he took eighth.
Leishman, who won the Travelers Championship last year to get into the field,
is making his second start at Augusta National and it is initially proving to
be a far better start than his first one.
In his first appearance at the Masters, Leishman shot 72-79 and missed the cut
by five strokes.
Dustin Johnson stumbled to a bogey on the 17th to slide one back. The seven-
time PGA Tour winner is alone in third place at minus-5.
Former Masters champions Fred Couples and Trevor Immelman both carded 4-under
68s on Thursday. They were joined in fourth place by David Lynn, Rickie
Fowler, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Matt Kuchar.
Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, and 2007 Masters winner Zach Johnson
are tied for 10th at minus-3. They stand alongside Adam Scott.
Four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods had a 2-under 70. Among those at minus-2
are Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Jason Day.
Defending champion Bubba Watson struggled to a 3-over 75, which left him tied
for 64th with Stewart Cink and Henrik Stenson.
Reigning British Open champ Ernie Els opened with a 1-under 71, while PGA
Champion Rory McIlroy shot 72 and U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson had a 73.
Ian Poulter (76), Hunter Mahan (76), Padraig Harrington (78) and Nick Watney
(78) all struggled in the first round.
MORE TO FOLLOW.
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