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  1. Injured world number one Dustin Johnson pulls out on first tee
  2. American Charley Hoffman leads after seven-under 65
  3. William McGirt second on -3, Lee Westwood -2
  4. England trio Matt Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan & Justin Rose finish on -1
  5. Jordan Spieth finishes +3 after quadruple bogey on 15
  6. Rory McIlroy level par, Danny Willett +1
  7. Player and Nicklaus pay tribute to Arnold Palmer

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Well played and farewell

And that my friends will do us for day one. Thank you for sublime texts and tweets on a day where one man really did turn the afterburners on. For now though, the most important thing you need to know is that there will be highlights of today's action on the Red Button on Friday morning from 09:15-10:15 BST.

That programme will be on BBC Two from 19:00-20:00 (18:30-19:30, Northern Ireland & Wales).

We, of course will be back live with text commentary from 12:45pm with Iain Carter and the BBC Radio 5 live team on sports extra from 22:00 to the close of play. A lot of their fine words will be in this live text too of course, so please come back for more.

Goodnight. Fore left!


-7 Charley Hoffman 

-3 William McGirt

-2 Lee Westwood

Selected others: E Rory McIlroy, -1 Danny Willett, -3 Jordan Spieth

Tomorrow's tee-off times  can be found here , or find out more about the  BBC's coverage here.

Charley Hoffman
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Dig in!

Iain Carter

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Augusta


This was a day not to play yourself out of the Masters. 

Today, you couldn't win the tournament but you could lose it.

All of the players that have battled to around par have kept themselves in it.

I'm pleased with my day's work - Rory

McIlroy (E after 18)

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, speaking to Sky Sports after a level-par 72: "I'm really pleased. After nine holes if someone had said I would shoot even par I would have ripped their hand off.

"I had some good up and downs at 10, 11, 12 and then I had the chance on some scoreable holes.

"I'm pleased with my day's work, l didn't have my best stuff but even par is a good score.

"I hit some suspect chips on the front nine but the more greens I missed the more I got into it. My chips on 11 and 12 were really good shots and give me confidence going into the next few days. 

"I hope I can go and make some more birdies."

'One of the great all-time rounds'

Clubhouse leader Hoffman -7 (18)

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live at Augusta

At the end of the day, when looking at the scoring average, you have to remembers these are the elite players in the world, his score, relative to today's scoring average will make this one of the great major championship rounds throughout history.

All about Hoff

All in... all in...

That's 93 men in the clubhouse. It was supposed to be 94 of course but this dude pulled out.

Dustin Johnson
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Walker +4, Watson +2

Bubba Watson sports a visor today. He rests his blue sunglasses over the top of them for this putt. The shade is engulfing this course now. Here comes the putt... not going to drop. Bogey and a two-over round.

Jimmy Walker takes three practice strokes and then rolls home for a four-over 76. A major winner of course. Not again at this rate.

Watson (+1 after 17)

Iain Carter tells us on 5 live sports extra that Bubba Watson's weight loss is down to him giving up sugar. Iain also wonders if this has made the two-time Masters champion a little more tetchy.

As he finds sand next to the 18th green, he looks angrier than that red devil emoji you have on your smart phone. You know the one.

Bubba marches up the fairway, he's going to stamp all the way it seems. He scoops the ball out and leaves 10ft or so for par. Nasty.

Leishman (level), Thomas (level)

Our final group are on the 18th - just the two of them thanks to Dustin Johnson's withdrawal. Bubba Watson wields his pink driver. It's gripped by his pink glove and it pounds his pink ball. Now there's a sentence you don't get to write too often. 

He finds the fairway. Up on the green, my pick for the week Justin Thomas does me proud, nailing a solid par putt to end one over. Thomas is 23 but all that hat wearing has done little for his hair follicles. Marc Leishman gets up and down well to end one over too. 

Solid stuff gents, solid stuff.


Note to self; when it is windy, do not pitch up beside a bunker.

I think these guys know that for next time as sand from a bunker on the 18th green blows into the faces of patrons (spectators/fans).

          Sand from a bunker on the 18th green blows into the faces of patrons

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Augusta

He's seven behind but let me say, Rory McIlroy looks really good.

Listen to Jay by clicking 'live coverage' at the top of this page.

Rory home

McIlroy (level after 18), Rahm (+1)

Three putts - naughty boy John Rahm. Much fancied this week, he ends one over. He grips his club like a baseball bat and threatens to swing hard, that's how angry he is!

Rory McIlroy will have a few feet left to end level. The sun is beating down, not that's it's roasting at Augusta... no mistake. McIlroy was three over after nine, he clawed it back.

Rory McIlroy

Willett +1 (18)

Where's Bubba gone?

Watson (+1 after 16), McIlroy (level after 17)

Bubba Watson
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We had a little game of weight watchers earlier and I think we have our star turn. Bubba Watson - he's lost some timber has he not?

His pink ball moves close on the 17th and he should make par. So should Rory McIlroy on 18 after a super chip from below the putting surface.

Rors goes left

McIlroy (level), Rahm (level)

Rory McIlroy from the left rough on this 18th. A tense look on his face as he fires... he knows it's not great and indeed it's a pull left. He will have a tricky up and down.

John Rahm finds the dancefloor but it's not threatening the pin.

Hoffman's plan tomorrow?

Hoffman (-7 after 18)

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Augusta

You have to fight the urge to go out the next day and compare to where you were today. You have to pretend day one didn't exist - ignore what went on. 

Listen to Jay by clicking 'live coverage' at the top of this page.

Charley Hoffman

'Unbelievable feat'

Hoffman (-7)

Clubhouse leader Charley Hoffman speaks to BBC Sport: "Anytime you're leading the Masters is an unbelievable feat. It was good feeling going up that 18th hole.

"I watched the leaderboard all day, I look up there to see what others are doing and where they are making their birdies.

"It's supposed to be windy again tomorrow and out here you just then hit fairways and greens, hopefully hit your putts and keep that lead."

Wily Westwood

Westwood (-2 after 18)

Lee Westwood used all his Augusta experience to finish round one in third place. He told Sky Sports: "I didn't putt very well on the front nine. I missed a few short ones. But I didn't really play much different on the back nine, just made putts. 

"It was a case of being patient and not getting frustrated at being three over after nine.

"I didn't get too aggressive, or too far ahead of myself and stuck to the gameplan."

'Showing a lot'

McIlroy E (17)

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live at Augusta

Rory McIlroy had the opportunity to be five or six over par, but he has fought and grounded it out. 

He holed the putts that had to be holed before he made his first birdie at 13. He has shown me a lot the way he has played today.

Rors finds the first cut of rough on 18, no real danger. To listen to more of Jay, just click 'live coverage'.

All or nothing Bubba

B Watson (+1 after 16)

Bubba Watson

Age: 38 World rank: 19

Major wins: Two

Bubba Watson is yet to win this season. His career is one of success but after winning the Masters in 2012 and 2014, just three PGA Tour wins since could be seen as a failure to kick on.

Bubba is seemingly all or nothing in the majors. In 36 major outings, he has just two top-10 finishes to add to his Masters wins.

Ridiculous to sublime

Watson (+1 after 16)

Bubba Watson is furious with himself on the 16th. He's overcooked his tee shot for starters and then doesn't hit his putt from the fringe.

Despite it being all downhill to the hole, his ball holds up and he's got a 30-footer for par.

It's one of those crazy golf putts that we all love. He sends it three feet to his right and he sets off walking after it as it turns sharp left and meanders towards the cup.

A roar from the patrons left watching the final group tells you all you need to know. A crazy par.

Bubba Watson
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McIlroy (level after 17)

Rory McIlroy has 13ft for birdie on 17, a chance for red numbers...instead he sees red and looks to the sky in anger. Close, a lip out.

Westy marks a 70!

Lowry (level), Garcia (-1), Westwood (-2)

To the 18th and the exciting Lowry-Garcia-Westwood grouping. 

Sergio two-putts from three-putt territory to end the day at one under. Nice work. Lee Westwood splashes out of the sand with the grace of a performing dolphin, leaving a foot for par. Brilliant round Westy. Nothing boring about that 18 - very much one of triumph from disaster.

Shane Lowry makes another par and ends at level. Solid day but one that just slipped away a little.  At one point Lowry was the low scorer in this trio, what a turnaround.

Putting nicely...

Hoffman (-7)


McIlroy eyeing another birdie

McIlroy (E after 16), Rahm (-1)

Rory McIlroy smashes his drive down the middle of 17. That's a huge hit. Jon Rahm not quite as long and trundles into the first cut of rough down the left.

The Spaniard is a bit blocked by a tree and he tries to go up and over. That tactic loses him a bit of distance and the front bunker greedily gobbles up the ball

Northern Ireland's world number two will be wanting to get into red figures tonight and he's given himself every chance. A towering wedge bites on the green and he's got a dozen feet left.

Up the last

Westwood (-2 after 17), Garcia (-1), Lowry (level)

Second shots on 18 - Lee Westwood... pushes it to the bunker out right. Shane Lowry follows the same trajectory but escapes the sand trap, Sergio Garcia on the dancefloor but almost a US state away from the hole.

'A phenomenal round'

Clubhouse leader Hoffman -7 (18)

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live at Augusta


Charley is a very easy going guy, it is not surprising he has embraced the conditions.

On a day when par is probably 74 or 75, he shoots 65. That is a phenomenal round form Charley. I don't think anyone saw a 65 on the cards today.


In the Augusta Chronicle today, the paper local to this tournament reads: "Charley Hoffman - 2015 contender has emerged from a slump at just the right time."

Hoffman in at seven under

Hoffman (-7 after 18)

Charley Hoffman to putt from around 15ft for a fifth-straight birdie on this 18th. If this drops he can have tomorrow off can he not? He sends it on its way, no real break...close...inches wide.

"It looks very good, it looks very good," says Iain Carter on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. "A remarkable round."

Synchronised marking

What would you do if you're playing 18 holes with a mate and there is a bit of a lull? Well Jon Rahm  and Rory McIlroy did a bit of synchronised marking of course.

One, two, three... and mark.

Jon Rahm of Spain and Rory McIlroy

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live at Augusta

Rory McIlroy ground it out for 12 holes and has then turned it on at the 13th.

 You can listen to more from Jay and co. by clicking 'live coverage'.


-7 Charley Hoffman (after 17 holes)

-3 William McGirt (F)

-2 Lee Westwood (17)

Selected others: -1 Jon Rahm (15), E Rory McIlroy (16)

The rest of the tee-off times  can be found here , or find out more about the  BBC's coverage here.

Lee Westwood
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McIlroy back level

McIlroy (E after 16), Rahm (-1)

How's your putting then boys? Jon Rahm is first to go but he's a bit tentative and his misses on the low side.

Rory McIlroy from almost the same spot. A quick waggle of the feet to settle in and he finds the middle of the hole to get back to level par.

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Westwood (-2 after 17)

All smiles for Rory

McIlroy (+1 after 15) Rahm (-1)

Suddenly there are birdies to be had out there and Rory McIlroy wants a piece. His tee shot at the par-three 16th is homing in. That tell-tale twirl of the club, he sinks to his knees, he thinks it's in the hole. The ball skips just beyond but only by five feet.

Jon Rahm goes the more traditional route, hitting the back of the green and allowing the slope to bring the ball to rest the same distance.


Lowry (level), Westwood (-2), Garcia (-1)

How many majors would Sergio Garcia have in the trophy room if he could putt consistently? He leaves a birdie putt three feet short - the putt itself was only 12 feet or so. 

Lee Westwood will follow him in from perhaps two feet closer... it's in!

He was three over, he's now two under. Five straight birdies! If you were reading earlier you'll recall I said there are reports Westy will get £2m from sponsors if he wins here.

Shane Lowry, the wheels have come off a tad, makes par.

Seems William McGirt has friends in high places...

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Bubba nails a monster

Watson (+1 after 14)

Bubba Watson let out a massive yelp when he hit his approach to the 14th from the pinestraw and immediately inspected the ground as though he'd jarred his hand on a buried root.

His ball came to rest about 50 feet from the pin. All uphill and the left-hander gives his pink ball a good rattle. A graphic on the TV tells us there's 29 inches of borrow in it as well. It can't go can.

Bubba fighting hard.