Day 1 is in the books. There are some great names on the leaderboard with Jordan Spieth appearing to be on form with a confident putter. He didn’t make a bogey and seemed comfortable with the greens speed. His 65 tied for the lead with the reigning U.S Open champion Brooks Koepka who looked strong and totally in control of his game. He hasn’t missed a beat despite taking a month off. Casey, Schwartzel, and Poulter add great international names to the leaderboard and set up for an exciting day 2.
One person to watch on Day 2 is Rory McIIroy. He was 5 over on the first nine holes but played a beautiful 4 under back nine to post a 71. It reminded me of Tiger Woods at the 1997 Masters when he shot 40 on the front followed by a back nine 30. He went on to easily win his first Masters. It will be interesting to see if McIIroy can keep his momentum going on Day 2.
The weather is supposed to be awful for Day 2. It might be simply a day of survival. If you love golf, this is a day you want to be sitting on your couch with a big cup of coffee and just enjoy the show.