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Masters Recap: How former Georgia golfers fared in the first round

January 19 2018, 05:34 | Van Peters

Masters Recap: How former Georgia golfers fared in the first round

Masters Recap: How former Georgia golfers fared in the first round

For the first time more than 50 years, the Masters is being conducted without Arnold Palmer, who passed away on September 25, 2016. I would have struggled to put together a back nine like that in previous years, but I've done the work on the short game and I believe that I'm doing the right things. "1-and-headed-in-the-right-direction">the favorite for the green jacket.

The fall happened on Wednesday afternoon as Johnson fell down stairs trying to move his vehicle in just his socks for when his son arrived at the rental house.

"Anytime you're leading the Masters is an unbelievable feat".

Johnson suffered a serious fall on a stairway, according to his agent, but was still hoping to take part in the tournament and was expected to visit the US PGA Tour's medical trailer for possible X-rays or an MRI exam on his lower back before his tee-off time. "Hopefully he gets better quick".

SPIETH'S BIG NUMBER: For a second straight year, Jordan Spieth put up a insane number at Augusta.

Despite his problems on the 18th, Fitzpatrick will likely go into Friday within striking distance of the leaders after some excellent golf, playing alongside tournament favourite Jordan Spieth and two-time major champion Martin Kaymer.

The US Open champion slipped on a small set of stairs as he went to move his vehicle and landed heavily on his back and left elbow.

"I just didn't lose any confidence from it", he said of the bogeys.

Johnson left the range and took a cart to the putting green shortly before his starting time.

In fact, if it had happened earlier in the week, he probably would've been able to play. "The more I thought about it I just wasn't going to have any chance", Johnson said.

He had been scheduled to attend the Golf Writers Association of America annual dinner Wednesday night to accept its award as male player of the year.

Players were greeted by sunny skies, but chilly and windy conditions made for challenging scoring at the year's first major where defending champion Danny Willett and world number five Henrik Stenson were likely to miss the cut.

Dustin Johnson has had a lot of unusual luck in major championships, but he had never before been beaten by a staircase.

From the time Johnson stepped onto the property to the time he made a brief appearance in front of the media, his every move was followed and analyzed on Golf Channel and ESPN, and then dissected again on Twitter and Facebook.

"There will be other big threes", he said, "but I don't know if you will ever get another big three that will live together like we did".

Just not what anyone expected.

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