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They said it: Best quotes from Masters Day 1

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Jordan Spieth is back in a familiar place, on top of the leaderboard after Day 1 of the Masters. Here's the best quotes from the first round:

“I’ll always have demons out here, but I’ll always have a tremendous amount of confidence out here.”– Jordan Spieth (66)


“The crowds have been incredible. It’s been awesome this entire comeback. I got a standing ovation on the range. Coming up to the first tee, the people come out of the clubhouse and the putting green, they’re really into it.” – Tiger Woods (73)


“I was fractionally off today. I just wasn’t quite sharp. I didn’t strike it the way I wanted to, my short game wasn’t quite as sharp as I wanted it to be and I didn’t capitalize on some putts that I’ve usually been making. But what I did do well is I plotted my way around the golf course. I got in in a reasonable score. And if I was fractionally off, I'll get it turned around for tomorrow’s round, and see if I can turn it around when things are clicking a little bit better.” – Phil Mickelson (70)


“It was a much different golf course today than what we’ve seen in practice. And the SubAir must have been running nearly all night last night. That’s Augusta. That’s what we sign up to whenever we come here. You know it’s going to be firm and fast.” – Rory McIlroy (69)


“Obviously I shot 81, which is not great. And, I mean, I was fighting hard, I was doing quite well, obviously had a good possibility on 13 to get back to even and kind of keep my round going after not having a great start and unfortunately we didn’t hit the right club there and hit a great shot and left myself no putt. Then I hit a pretty good birdie putt and unfortunately it lipped out. And then the bogey on the next and then obviously the rest is history.” – Sergio Garcia (81)


“Yeah, it’s been pretty crazy. To be in this position I’m at now; when I woke up this morning, nothing short of a miracle if you ask me. I could barely put any pressure on it. I could barely walk.” – Tony Finau (68)


“I need to start a little bit better. Yeah, like I said, it’s just disappointing because I think I did the exact same thing last year and it’s been like that for the last few years, I get off to a good start and I’m usually around the lead by the end of Sunday, so I got a lot of work to do over the next three days.” – Jason Day (75)


“The last two weeks have been good, and certainly that helps the confidence. Golf is a fickle game, and I think playing good golf breeds more good golf. I’ve felt good the last few weeks and came in looking forward to this week.” – Matt Kuchar (68)


“It’s definitely a course I feel I can win on. Off the tees and some of the iron shots it definitely seemed to fit my eye pretty well and that’s key around here, just to get really comfortable on the shot you’re trying to hit, because just one little mishap will definitely get you in the wrong spot, you can make a big number around here.” – Patrick Reed (69)


“You’ve got to be aggressive at the right times, and you’ve got to know when not to go for it at times. And then still hit high, aggressive shots sometimes into a little bit more of a defensive area.  So it’s really a mixed bag out there. The margin for error is extremely slim.” – Henrik Stenson (69)



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“Yeah, my first round was quite solid and made a lot of putts over there. Actually, I thought I’m going to be nervous on the first tee. It was all right. So just quite happy to see have such a great opening round.” – Haotong Li (69)


“My first competitive round I think in five or six weeks. So all in all it wasn’t bad. Hit a lot of good shots. Didn’t capitalize on a few opportunities that I had, but all in all it was pretty solid.” – Wesley Bryan (74)


“We played bad rounds before, so it’s just another bad round is what it is, which is frustrating. But we have been here before. It’s not the end of the world. We’re going to wake up tomorrow, hopefully.” – Matt Parziale (81)


“It played fair. I think that’s a good way to describe it. It wasn’t too difficult, the pins are fair, it was pretty benign conditions with the wind. I guess if they knew the forecast was going to be this good they probably would have set it up a little tougher.” – Dylan Frittelli (77)


“If I can’t handle it now, I mean I never will. But the way I looked at it, if you're going to win here, you got to play in front of crowds like that, with energy like that. So I looked at it as a positive and preparation for later in the week.” – Marc Leishman (70)


“Definitely pretty nervous on the first hole, but I was more excited just to get started with the tournament, especially after practicing for three or four days and kind of leading up to it. So I was excited to get out there and just play.” – Doc Redman (76)


“You want to put yourself in position after the first round. You can't win the tournament, I’ve proven that, after the first round and I just want to give myself a chance on Saturday and Sunday like I have in the past and I promise you I'll perform a little better this time around.” – Charley Hoffman (69)


“Well I think it just suits my eye. I love working the ball both ways, it’s something that I work on and practice on the range a lot and so it really doesn’t matter the hole, I feel like I can hit the shot that’s required.” – Adam Hadwin (69)