Chad Campbell Grabs Masters Lead

April 10th, 2009 - 8:14 pm ICT by GD  

Chad Campbell got five consecutive birdies to start his round and then got four straight on back nine amid applause for record scoring at the Augusta National. The day saw 354 birdies and six eagles, 38 rounds under par and half of those in the 60s. Tiger Woods commented, “This day was reminiscent of how it used to be. You could go out there on that back nine and make some birdies, and if you caught some good gusts, you could shoot some pretty good numbers.”

Campbell was on cue. The quiet Texan brought back the missing thrill to the Masters as he got off to the best start in the history of the tournament before two late bogeys made him settle for a 7-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk.

Meanwhile Tiger Woods swung into action with three straight birdies later in the afternoon but his momentum stalled and he shot 70. For the first time in seven years Woods broke par in the first round of the Masters.

Eleven hours of high drama gave the tournament back the excitement that had been taken out from it in the last decade and Sandy Lyle said, “It is nice to hear some noises again.”

Bill Payne, Masters Chairman said that the tournament this year was important to check if the new supersized golf course would take the birdies out of the Masters. Warm sunshine and a gentle breeze made the weather ideal and the greens were softer than they have been all week and the hole locations were perfect.

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