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Haas opens with 68, leads at Augusta

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Despite a seemingly benign day at Augusta National, Thursday’s opening round scoring average finished at 74.47, which left Bill Haas as the first round leader of the Masters with a 4-under-par 68.

2013 champion Adam Scott, Jonas Blixt and Miguel Angel Jimenez also reached the 4-under plateau during their rounds, but could not maintain the number to the end. Scott and Jimenez both fell victim to the 155-yard, par-3 12th hole, carding double-bogey fives. The hole played at a 3.42 scoring average for the day, making it the second toughest hole on Thursday. The par-4 11th was first at 4.47.

Haas, 31, opened his fifth career Masters with a bogey, but righted the ship quickly with a birdie on the par-5 2nd hole. The Wake Forest product added birdies on Nos. 4 and 7 to make the turn in 34.

Haas next took advantage of the par-5 13th hole, making his first of two-consecutive birdies and claiming the lead at 4-under with four to play. A bogey on the par-4 17th slid him into a tie for the lead, but Haas finished with a birdie on No. 18 to post a second-nine 34.

It is the first time that Haas will sleep on the lead at a major championship.

Meanwhile, Scott made a valiant attempt to be the first defending champion to lead after the first round since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1995, but settled for a 3-under-par 69 and a three-way tie for second.

A birdie on the par-4 10th earned Scott the solo lead at 4-under-par, but his double two holes later slipped him back to 2-under. He added a birdie on No. 14 and carded pars the rest of the way for this round of 3-under.

Scott is looking to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as a repeat winner at the Masters.

2012 champion Bubba Watson — who was bogey-free on the day with birdies on Nos. 4, 13, and 15 — and his playoff companion from 2012, Louis Oosthuizen, also finished the day at 3-under-par.

A group of seven competitors, including first timers Jonas Blixt, Kevin Stadler and Jimmy Walker, sit two shots back after opening round 70s. K.J. Choi, Marc Leishman, Brandt Snedeker, and Gary Woodland are also part of that group.

Eight more were able to card under-par first rounds with 71s, including Fred Couples, Rickie Fowler, Jimenez, Rory McIlory and Jordan Spieth.

Webb Simpson birdied his opening three holes to make early noise, quickly fell off pace with a double on the par-4 5th hole, as well as a bogey on the 11th and a double on No. 15.

1988 champion Sandy Lyle also made a brief appearance on the leaderboard by making birdies on Nos. 2, 3 and 4, but he played the rest of his round in 7-over.

A pair of sevens — one on the par-4 7th and one on the par-5 13th — led Phil Mickelson to a 76, tying his highest opening round at the Masters.

Justin Rose also carded a 76, while another surprise was 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner shooting an opening round 80 after making the turn in even par.

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  1. paul

    Apr 10, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Go Scott!

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Wedge Stamping Caviar: Have More Fun Edition

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Pop open a tin of the finest beluga, GolfWRXers… In all seriousness, it’s less jelly-like substance, more richness of intrigue than salt-cured roe at Wedge Stamping Caviar as we present to you some of the finest instances of hammer-and-stamp work on the PGA Tour.

In this initial serving, we’re mining photos from October and November at PGA Tour stops, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the Cadence Bank Houston Open, and the RSM Classic.

So grab your mother-of-pearl spoon and dig in — with restraint, please.

The traditional K.I.S.S. stamping on a BV proto: first and last initial, demonstrated here by Andrew Landry. Bonus points for the bounce angle (8) stamp.

When your last name is something imposing/interesting, you’re definitely stamping it on your wedge as Cole Hammer has done here in a “University of Texas” colorway.

Simple, perfect stamping for Xuewen Luo. 

Patrick Cantlay is still rolling with a SM7. Ultimate K.I.S.S. to stick with a previous generation wedge with stamped initials. Bent loft (47 degrees) is a classy touch. 

Excellent #perspective on Kevin Roy’s 54-degree Vokey.

Anytime a custom grind wears off the loft number, it’s caviar. Lovely patina on Woodland’s Wilson, too. 

Another favorite motif: Tiny initials pattern (as demonstrated by Palmer Jackson). 

The Webb Simpson traditional. Maybe the longest-serving stamping on Tour. 

Not a stamping on Akshay Bhatia’s Jaws Raw, but we’ll serve it up anyway for reasons immediately discernible to the seasoned palate. 

 

 

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Photos from the 2022 RSM Classic

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GolfWRX was live this week from the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, for the last event of the 2022 calendar year.

We saw a few pros testing some 2023 prototypes — Jason Dufner in Cobra Aerojet woods — and got a look at a few potential new putters from Toulon.

We have: Eight general galleries. 12 WITBs — including some lefty love for Akshay Bhatia — and a ton of putters for your perusal.

Check out links to all our photos below!                                           

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Photos from the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open

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GolfWRX was on site this week ahead of the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course.

The year is winding down, but the wraparound 2022-2023 season is just getting underway, so players are poised to do a bit of tinkering ahead of January equipment launches. To that end, we got an in-hand look at Justin Rose’s new prototype “JR” irons. We also spotted new shafts from KBS and Mitsubishi as well as new grips from SuperStroke.

Check out all of our photos below.

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