Indeed, an early rain delay followed by poor light prevented many players from completing their first round. But stories abound with Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm battling tough starts, while defending champion Tiger Woods produced a pristine four-under round with no scarecrow in sight.
World number one Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas are set to compete, while Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are still battling in their first rounds as potential victims of favorites entering the week. There is still plenty of time for things to change as weather conditions are likely to again impact conditions and make one of the world’s most difficult courses even more difficult to tackle. We will have all the latest updates throughout the second round.
THE MASTERS 2020: WOODS TAKES COURSE
Woods, who produced an effortless 68 yesterday, is off the tee. A nice easy swing with the pilot and it flies straight in the middle. A sign of things to come?
Tom Kershaw13 November 2020 19:30
THE MASTERS 2020: ANCER TAKES THE LEAD
We have a new leader at Augusta, Abraham Ancer, competing in his very first Masters, trying to birdie at eight and his great round continues. And while Johnson continues to stagnate at -8, Smith takes the opportunity to join him, with a birdie of 17. The Australian is four under par on his last three holes.
Tom KershawNovember 13, 2020 7:26 PM
THE MASTERS 2020: DECHAMBEAU IN PROGRESS
The new face of golf’s division, DeChambeau is secure in the par at first. As always with him, however, that’s hardly the story. His drive was colossal, greedy on the fairway, with only a small corner left in the green. He is sorely under-hit and comes back downhill, from where he manages a routine two putt. A chance made or missed?
Tom KershawNovember 13, 2020 7:24 PM
THE MASTERS 2020: SMITH BRILLIANCE IN CONTENTION
Cameron Smith, who finished fifth at Augusta in 2018, burst into contention. A brilliant eagle in 15th followed by a birdie at 16 and he goes to -7, just a shy leader. Meanwhile, the latecomers are just getting started as Rahm launches his approach to the heart of the green from the first.
Tom KershawNovember 13, 2020 7:17 PM
LES MASTERS 2020: LEADERBOARD
Ancer’s bird putt passes and he stays in the lead with Johnson, whose flame has mellowed somewhat. Here’s a reminder of the scores:
-8: Ancer (16 *), D Johnson (13 *)
-7: Thomas (14 *), Frittelli (13), Cantlay (13 *), Im (11 *), Casey
-6: Willett (16 *), Fleetwood (16), Smith (15)
Tom KershawNovember 13, 2020 7:10 PM
THE MASTERS 2020: ANCER TAKES PART OF THE LEAD
There’s a lot of shuffling at the top of the leaderboard now. Ancer took a share of the lead with a birdie in the sixth par 3. He was five under par for his turn. Back-to-back birdies for Cantlay pushed him to -7, where he was joined by Im after a second-second birdie. Just another behind are Fleetwood and Willett, both playing spectacular golf and five pennies for their games so far.
Tom KershawNovember 13, 2020 7:03 PM
THE MASTERS 2020: ANOTHER MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR JOHNSON
The odds continue to slide for Johnson, and no one behind him is truly sprinting. He has a tricky downhill putt in the third for birdie, but the ball swirls inside the cup and somehow comes out. It remains at -8, with a lead of one stroke.
Tom KershawNovember 13, 2020 6:44 PM
THE MASTERS 2020: MCILROY TAKES A LUCKY BREAK IN 3
A well-deserved moment of fortune for McIlroy, who uncovered a vicious slice on the right at the third. Rather than burrow into the pine straw, such was his luck earlier in the day, he ricochets off a tree and comes straight back to the middle of the fairway. Clever pitch leaves a delicate descent slider on the slope that lacks tightness on the low side. He’s still five under par up to 12, a brilliant display of resilience.
Tom KershawNovember 13, 2020 6:42 PM
THE MASTERS 2020: JOHNSON FINDS SAND IN THE SECOND
Much like Koepka, whose poor chip passed the hole and left him unable to birdie par 5, Johnson missed one of the easiest chances on the course. His training was magnificent, roaring well over 363 yards down the middle, and left him with just a six-iron in the green. He held that back a bit and it fades into the right front bunker. A nice touch of sand gives him a tricky birdie chance, but he slips past the hole.
-7: Ancer (13 *), Thomas (11 *), Frittelli (11), Im (9 *) Casey
Tom KershawNovember 13, 2020 6:31 PM
THE MASTERS 2020: ROSE FIGHTS TO FIND HIS EQUIPMENT
It almost felt like a breakthrough for Rose this morning, whose delicious 67 left him firmly in contention. He hasn’t been able to find his gear since returning to the course, however, terrifying the first two holes of his front nine, with little needle movement since making the 37-turn.
Tom KershawNovember 13, 2020 6:24 PM