Patrick Reed buckled his knees as his par putt slid under the 18th gap.
For the Augusta University product, it was a uncommon miscue in an in any other case regular begin to the eighty fifth Masters Tournament. Reed opened with two birdies on his first 9 and completed with a 2-under-par 70.
“I would have loved to make the last putt to get to 3,” Reed mentioned. “Still, I felt like I made a lot of quality golf swings, felt like I was hitting a lot of good putts. That’s the thing about this place — when this place plays this firm and fast, you’re going to hit some good golf shots and end up in some bad spots.”
For many gamers, the circumstances led to an uncomfortable stroll Thursday, however that wasn’t the case for Reed. The 2018 Masters champion made it clear that he relishes a troublesome terrain.
“I love this type of golf, especially around here because you have to be creative. You can’t just play golf swing after golf swing,” he mentioned. “You have to start using slopes. You have to play out of different windows into greens. There’s a lot of thinking and thought process and creativity that goes through this golf course, and I feel like that’s usually when I play my best.”
After a birdie on the par-5 2nd gap, Reed performed the ultimate three par 5s in 1 over. He tried to achieve every of the par 5s in two, however following his round, he contemplated the concept of laying up transferring ahead.
“Look at what Zach (Johnson) did when he won,” Reed mentioned. “He laid up on every single one and absolutely obliterated the par 5s. I guess I should have done that a little bit more because I went for every single one of them and played them with even par.”
Larry Mize hopes for higher Friday at Masters event
After a gap bogey, Larry Mize birdied his second gap to return to even par for the event. Unfortunately for the Augusta native, that was the lone shiny spot.
Mize performed his closing 16 holes in 12-over par for a gap 84.
“The putter was off. My swing was off. Short game was off,” Mize mentioned. “I just struggled the whole day. I kept thinking I would get it turned around, but just never could stop the bleeding.”
When requested if there have been any positives to remove from Thursday, Mize mentioned, “No. I don’t think you can take anything away from today.”
Mize, who hasn’t made the lower since 2017, will tee off Friday at 8:12 a.m. with Jimmy Walker and Brian Gay.
“I look forward to bouncing back tomorrow,” Mize mentioned. “Even though it was bad today, I know I can get some more good stuff tomorrow. At least that’s what I think.”