Watson had a brief flourish, with consecutive birdies on the eighth and ninth holes.
McGirt shot a 73 while Fowler still had 11 holes left to play. "And with this being the first year without Mr. Palmer being here, I was not going to miss it". Not only are the soft greens and poor weather conditions going to favour him over the likes of Jordan Spieth and DJ, but the fact that he's been paired with Jon Rahm is also going to be of huge benefit to the world number 3. He saved two tough pars after missing the green in the wrong spots on Nos.
Apparently, Garcia had hit a provisional ball following a poor tee shot to start his final nine.
NOTES: Nineteen players are making their initial appearances at the Masters and five amateurs are in the field. This week he's seeking to put an end to this monkey on his back, however. He picked up another birdie on the 15th with a delicate wedge shot.
The American, twice a Masters runner-up, had been five shots ahead on the final day a year ago before he imploded after taking seven shots on the par-3 12th.
"I'll be sleeping on a lead in a major championship at Augusta National", said Hoffman, a four-time victor on the PGA Tour. Jason Day's shot did the same on No. 11 when his second shot went wayward with the wind. On the front-nine he birdied No. 2 and No.4, but bogeyed No. 3.
"I am really happy with how I played and while it was disappointing to bogey 15 and 16, I hit good shots on those two holes and got a gust of wind with my lay up on 15 which left me too far back".
Henley leads this pack of Bulldogs by shooting a 1-under 71.
Unheralded American Charley Hoffman heads the field after Round 1 of the 2017 Masters at Augusta after steaming home on the back nine with four birdies, to sign for a sizzling 65.
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NOTES: North Carolina appeared in its 11th national championship game, having it won it in 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009. They brought steady cascades of boos from the crowd of 76,168, as fans from each side took turns protesting the whistles.
Hoffman's scorecard was an anomaly - nine birdies to just two bogeys. The winds caught up with Lefty during a middle stretch where he made four bogeys in seven holes.
SLAMMING RORY: Only five players have won the career Grand Slam. Augusta National can bedevil the world's best in tame conditions. He's record a second- and a fourth-place finish here.
A day after storms, the sky was clear and the wind already was rattling the trees. No, but if he had made his birdie putt on 18, he would have. Hoffman was among several golfers near the top of the leaderboard who began second-round action. Only William McGirt would fit that pattern after this year's first round.
Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, was not alone.
Willett took an 8 on the opening hole. "I've never seen it like this". He made a quadruple-bogey 9 and shot 75. The average score was 74.98, the highest for an opening round since 2007.
With gusts approaching 40 miles per hour, Hoffman and Masters newcomer William McGirt (69) were the only players to break 70.
Hoffman will be in one of the earlier groups Friday with a 10:01 a.m. EDT tee time.
The odds are they won't be the last. "Obviously, [I'm] going to sleep on the lead at a major championship here at Augusta National [and that] is not going to be the easiest thing".
Not since Rory McIlroy withdrew from the 2015 British Open has a world number one not played in a major championship.