Augusta National Shows its Teeth on Thursday

Augusta National shows its teeth on Thursday, as many players find themselves with an uphill battle ahead. With patrons back at Augusta after a 2-year hiatus and the course set up to break hearts on Thursday, the field got a wake-up call. Tour favorites Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson can both attest to the unforgiving nature of Augusta National 2021 shooting +3 and +4 respectively. There were a lot fewer Thursday highlights than opening rounds past however there were a few shining moments that stood out. One of which was an ace by England’s, Tommy Fleetwood which is actually his second ace in as many tournaments.  Fleetwood also made one in his round of 16 matches with Dylan Frittelli at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The leader after Thursday’s 18 Justin Rose actually started a bit rocky shooting 2 over for the first 7 holes. Even though Rose, saw Augusta Nationals’ teeth thru the first 7 holes on day 1, the next 10 holes he fired an impressive 9 under. Including an eagle at the par-5 eighth hole. Rose with a 3 shot lead going into round 2 knows he cannot sit back or this talented field will catch him. Rose can smile as Thursday draws to a close while he prepares for Friday’s 9:36 am tee time.

It was all smiles for Justin Rose after shooting 65 in Round 1 of The Masters. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The leaderboard on Friday morning shows exactly how sharp Augusta’s teeth are. If this tournament has shown us anything over the years it’s that anybody can get into a groove on any given day. Will Rose continue to remain in control or will Harman, Matsuyama, Wiesberger, or someone else in the field have something to say about that. Here are Friday’s tee times and groupings.

Round 2: Friday, April 9

Tee time (ET)Group
8 a.m.Vijay Singh, Martin Laird
8:12 a.m.Larry Mize, Jimmy Walker, Brian Gay
8:24 a.m.Carlos Ortiz, Mackenzie Hughes, Bernd Wiesberger
8:36 a.m.Mike Weir, C.T. Pan, Robert MacIntyre
8:48 a.m.Jose Maria Olazabal, Matt Wallace, Lanto Griffin
9 a.m.Victor Perez, Jason Kovrak, Marc Leishman
9:12 a.m.Fred Couples, Francesco Molinari, Charles Osborne
9:24 a.m.Zach Johnson, Kevin Na, Gary Woodland
9:36 a.m.Shane Rose, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar
9:48 a.m.Billy Horschel, Tyrell Hatton, Ryan Palmer
10:06 a.m.Phil Mickelson, Tommy Fleetwood, Scottie Scheffler
10:18 a.m.Patrick Cantlay, Sungjae Im, Matt Fitzpatrick
10:30 a.m.Adam Scott, Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa
10:42 a.m.Tony Finau, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Thomas
10:54 a.m.Jordan Spieth, Cameron Smith, Collin Morikawa
11:06 a.m.Michael Thompson, Hudson Swafford
11:18 a.m.Sandy Lyle, Matt Jones, Dylan Frittelli
11:30 a.m.Ian Woosnam, Jim Herman, Stewart Cink
11:42 a.m.Sebastian Munoz, Henrik Stenson, Robert Streb
11:54 a.m.Bernhard Langer, Will Zalatoris, Joe Long
12:12 p.m.Brian Harman, Ian Poulter, Brendon Todd
12:24 p.m.Charl Schwartzel, Si Woo Kim, Corey Conners
12:36 p.m.Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann, Kevin Kisner
12:48 p.m.Jason Day, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Champ
1 p.m.Hideki Matsuyama, Harris English, Abraham Ancer
1:12 p.m.Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland
1:24 p.m.Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
1:36 p.m.Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Tyler Strafaci
1:48 p.m.Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy
2 p.m.Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Paul Casey

This Friday featured group has some fan favorites in it for sure and whether they can escape Augusta Nationals teeth is yet to be seen. Phil Mickelson after a rocky Thursday looks to make a move Friday and cover some ground. Tommy Fleetwood is going to try to carry some momentum from Thursday’s Ace into Friday. American Scottie Scheffler plans on improving on the even-par he ended Thursday’s round with.

I look forward to writing about today’s round tomorrow and spotlighting a new grouping. Until tomorrow enjoy the 2021 Masters and hit them straight!. Stay tuned for more coverage of the Augusta National by clicking here.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

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