Matsuyama and Harman lead at Augusta

Harman and Matsuyama lead first day

Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama lead the first day of the Masters in Augusta  . The Japanese golfer could become the first person from Japan to co-lead a round at the famous course. He and Harman sit on a score of three under par on day one.

Matsuyama, who is ranked number 25 in the world made two birdies had an eagle three at the par-five eighth and looked to be on for a bogey-free round, before a dropped shot at 17 had him at three under.

Harman ranked 50th recorded a 69 on his card with four birdies and a one dropped shot.

Westwood and McIlroy struggling

While the duo are enjoying a successful opening day the same can’t be said for Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy. The Irishman had a nightmare day with seven shots back at four over par with Westwood at six over on the opening day. 

Johnson and Reed fall back

Dustin Johnson had better luck at two over par. The former world number one is yet to win a major and faces a monumental task if he is to break that duct, with a further six bogeys and two birdies leaving him well off the pace at six over.

American Johnson is looking to emulate the likes of Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus in become the fourth man to defend his title, having won the tournament last year. 

2018 champion Patrick Reed, is one back after a bogey on the 18th. He did claw the lead back with consecutive birdies on the 16th and 17th holes.

Not since the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush has there been spectators at a major golf tournament. This is the first major to be played with spectators since the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, A quarter of 50,000 patrons have been allowed to attend the  Florida course. 

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