By: Bill Scott-Wisconsin Radio Network
Madison’s Steve Stricker got off to a good start on Day 1 at the Masters, playing the first 10-holes at 3-under par. But Stricker had a few hiccups after that point and he needed to sink a 25-foot bogey putt to save an even par 72.
Still, the 47-year-old Stricker is only 4-shots behind leader Bill Haas, who shot a 4-under par 68 and finished day one with a 1-shot lead over defending champion Adam Scott and 2012 champion Bubba Watson.
Mequon amateur Jordan Niebrugge’s first ever round at the Masters had plenty of tough luck. He shot a 9-over-par 81, with a lot of close misses.
It was a triple-bogey 6 on the par three 12th hole that started his struggles and he followed with three-putts on 13, 14 and 15.
Barring a miracle, Niebrugge’s first Masters experience will likely end after today’s second round.
Couples in the hunt
54-year-old Fred Couples fired a 1-under par 71 on day 1. Couples is three shots off the lead, trying to win his second Green Jacket.