The first day of the Masters is in the books, and with it came a touching tribute to Arnold Palmer, some blustery conditions that led to high scores and the jitters that show up at the year's first major no matter how many times the world's best have played it. Here's some of the best quotes from Round 1 at Augusta National, where Charley Hoffman leads by four strokes.
“I could’ve accepted 5 at the last, but a little ticked off about making 6. Other than that, it’s a decent day… you’re not going to try to squeeze much out of the round today.” – Rickie Fowler
“I’m going to probably need to play something under par tomorrow, which puts a little extra bit of pressure that I wouldn’t have put on tomorrow, because I was thinking even par for the two days was a good score,” – Jordan Spieth
“I’m kind of a linksy, I wouldn’t say a specialist, but I like to play linksy golf and I kind of played the same shots today. The greens were quite receptive because of the rain, so you could play that low shot. Normally, Augusta National doesn’t receive that low shot, but today it did,” – Ernie Els
“It’s what I’ve been doing for eight years, playing professional golf and playing golf tournaments. I’d like to think this is just another one. That’s a little naïve.” – Billy Hurley III
“Typically I show up right around the teeing area five minutes before…but I did it a little different this time because I wanted to soak in the experience, being first off and knowing that Jack and Gary were going to be there.
“I had the goosebumps thinking about Jack. He could barely see the golf ball, he was in tears, and when he hit his shot he still striped it right down the middle. But at the end of the day, no matter how nervous we are on the biggest stage, it's all about relationships. And you could feel Jack Nicklaus' love for Arnold Palmer in that moment.” – Daniel Summerhays
“Sometimes you just got to man up out there and hit the shot. I was able to do that there on 11, and get through 12, making a good par.” – Kevin Chappell
“Those gusts an hour ago were as big as I’ve ever played in. Felt like British Open gusts. So hopefully it keeps gusting like hell.” – Kevin Kisner
“I can remember Friday of ’07 with the cold and that stands out to me as the hardest day here. I think we’re really lucky we had a little rain overnight because if the greens were firm like they were in ’07, I don’t know how we would have played today.” – Adam Scott
“It’s tough conditions out there and it’s just getting worse as the day goes on, so I’m happy I’m done.” – Larry Mize
“This being my fourth one, I feel comfortable, as comfortable as you can feel and just really feel like I’m enjoying it, enjoying the challenge. It's a very unique course, you don’t play another one like it the whole year.” – Russell Henley
“We had some good upbeat stories from a few of the older players, Jack and obviously Gary Player speaks very well. So it was all very upbeat and we all enjoyed it. And we'll miss (Arnold Palmer), but he'll always be remembered.” – Sandy Lyle
“It was hard. It was windy. I’ve never seen it like this. You have to putt well. To shoot even par was a really good score.” – Fred Couples