Wacky Round 1 Masters stats produce familiar result


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Day 1 at the Masters produced some wacky results. Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler shot themselves out of the tournament. Jason Day and Rory McIlroy still have a chance but faltered some down the stretch on Thursday. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth remains at the top of the leaderboard ... again.

Here are some course statistics after the first round from Augusta National.

• The par-5 second hole played the easiest with a 4.708 scoring average. The par-4 11th was the most difficult playing to an average of 4.528.

• The front nine was more than a stroke easier than the back nine, although both sides still averaged over par. The first nine holes averaged 36.449 strokes and the second nine averaged 37.640.

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• The second nine had six of the eight most difficult holes of the round (11th – first, 10th – third, 12th – fourth, 18th – fifth, 16th – sixth, 17th – eighth).

• It’s rare for one of the par-5s at Augusta National to play over par. The 15th hole, which played directly into the stiff wind all day, averaged 5.056 strokes.

• There were nine scores worse than double bogey (the dreaded “other”) on Day 1, eight of them were on the back nine. The only one on the front nine was Ernie Els’ infamous 9 on the first hole. The par-3 16th produced three.