Augusta National Golf Club

Some days require additional gratitude Masters Thursday in 2021 is one of those days It’s one of the special times on the calendar for every golf fan and if the past year has taught us something, it is not a given – and since we are in its traditional April time window is 726 days without a master, we will surely spend every moment at Augusta National over the next four days

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Augusta reports that the greens are as smooth as players have seen them with minimal throw from the fairways – meaning the course may play longer than usual and much harder than November, which will be an absolute treat

Game begins as usual at Augusta National after the ceremonial first tees are hit This year is more special than ever as Lee Elder joins Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player at 7:45 am prompting Augusta’s first tee being is an affirmation like no other in golf, so Mr. Elder – the first black to start in Augusta in 1975 – will mean so much to so many people on that first tee

A lot of gratitude in so many years is flowing through the air at Augusta National this week

9:50 am: Dylan Frittelli finished T-5 at the Masters last November and built a total of three bogies during the week. Through six holes he made four today

9:35 am: Currently only two players in red: Hudson Swafford (-2 to 7) and Matt Jones (-1 to 6) Let’s hope the course shows its teeth today

9:26 am: Poor Lyle is starting to have a morning after his seven on the par-3 fourth, he throws the fifth and throws his club on the par-3 sixth after a bad tee shot. Well, ” poor Lyle, “as much as you can feel bad with a fellow golfer playing the Masters

9:22 am: Brooks Koepka is a man who is comfortable in his skin that, or he lost a bet:

9:08 am: Oh God Sandy Lyle, if you’re a family member of the 1988 Masters Champion, scroll down to see all of the kind things we’ve said about him!

Now we have to present the shot tracker from Lyle’s adventure on the fourth hole of par 3 Hossle missiles from the bunker Pitch Shots hitting a camera (?) in the trees We strongly recommend that you check out the ones available in the Masters app Watch shot-by-shot coverage if you’re not struggling with the short-game Yips Otherwise, YIKES

9:01 am: Stewart Cink has a ton of experience at Augusta National – and the former Georgia Tech golfer joins players to make a birdie on the second par-5 hole, scoring 1-under

The Duluth, Ga Time in Augusta after winning the Safeway Open to start this season. He has two top 10 finishes here, including his T-3 in 2008. A nice start for him so far

24-year-old sensation Will Zalatoris is also on the course – and his very first approach to the Masters hit perfectly at about 10 feet Watching Approach very closely this week, even though we know it is difficult for a debutant to fight for a win

8:50 am: There are a handful of retired Georgia Bulldog golfers teeing off at this iconic Georgia venue.Hudson Swafford – in the morning’s first pairing with Michael Thompson – sets the early pace and adds his second birdie des Day added (now with birdies at Nos 2 and 4) to take the direct lead again

Swafford made an outstanding 7-foot run for birdie on difficult par 3 hole four to get a fantastic start on Thursday

Sandy Lyle has just bogeyed on the third hole to negate his birdie at No 2, so he falls back to the same level at the beginning of his round

8:41 am: Hudson Swafford has companies at the top of the rankings! Sandy Lyle and Matt Jones both screwed the par-5 second hole to get 1-under early. 63-year-old Lyle played a fantastic third shot from 115 yards at 4 feet and checked right near the hole The Scot curled up in a birdie putt to win on his 40th birthday Masters to take the lead This special week has already become special for the 1988 champion

8:30 am: We have our first red number of the week: Hudson Swafford punched an 8-foot birdie on the second par-5 hole to take the lead.The 2020 Corales Puntacana champion only has one more Completed appearance at the Masters, and his low round is a 76 here at Augusta National

8:26 am: Sandy Lyle is stepping 40th this week Time at the Masters and started his tournament with a par That was actually a very nice score after hitting it only 263 from the tee on the right-hand side The Scot knows this place – and what a special week this was for the Masters- Must be champion from 1988

In the same group, Matt Jones, who won the Honda Classic a few weeks ago, did a routine par, and Dylan Frittelli, fresh off his T-5 at Augusta National last year, starts a bogey after his has hit tee shot in a similar position as Lyle

8:14 am: The first pairing, Michael Thompson and Hudson Swafford, are on the line – Thompson does an opening bogey after missing the green long and Swafford does two putts for par (but makes after his first putt from 22 feet a beautiful four foot came much too short)

The greens look like they’re on fire – Swafford’s approach hit the front of the green and ran back almost hole-high. That should be fun!

7:44 am: One of the best traditions in golf – the ceremonial first tees in Augusta – has begun, and what an incredible moment it is Kudos to Augusta National for streaming the ceremony through Periscope for everyone to see Can watch at home

Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National, had some moving words about having Lee Elder on the tee

Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson were among the Masters competitors who made it to the first tee at that moment. Bubba was clearly emotional when Elder received resounding applause from patrons

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And it seemed like Jack and Gary had grazed their first tee shots on the first fairway for a perfect first tee celebration

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