Spieth (-6) in familiar spot at top

Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts after making a putt on the second hole during the first round at the Masters golf tournament Thursday

Garcia rebounded with a birdie on the par-3 16th, but he's now a long shot to make the cut Friday. Now 95, Burke watched the telecast of Thursday's round from the Champions Golf Club in Houston, which he helped start.

However, the four-time champion's round of 1-over par 73 wasn't a complete disaster, either, even as he's tied for 29th and trailing Spieth by seven shots. He carded a "disastrous" 13 - the equal worst score for one hole in the tournament's history - in his nine-over-par round of 81.

Jordan Spieth was pleased with a six-under 66 that gave him a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Masters but with the memory of his 2016 collapse still fresh in his mind the Texan knows better than to get carried away with a good start at Augusta National. Garcia shot an 8-over 13 on the hole.

It was just tough to score, with the greens slick and firm and several tough pin positions, mainly toward the front of the greens.

The ball hit the bank over the water, and bounced straight back.

Of all the shots Marc Leishman hit in the opening round at the Masters, his third one at No. 15 will stand out — for all the wrong reasons.

"Seventy-three is fine", Woods said. "He came back, and it was like nobody knew he had been gone". But there must be something in the water in Georgia that seems to get him going. If you start to chase it around here, that's when you start to make mistakes. "And the easy bail-out is right, which is the worst spot you can put it on that flag".

"I feel like I won the two best major championships", he said, offering an apology to the other two, the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. "Straight at the flag". A 6-footer downhill is so much more hard than a 15- or 20-footer uphill. But Woods saved bogey rolling in a 20-footer from the edge of the green to stay at only 3-over.

'I felt like I hit a lot of good shots, but the ball just didn't want to stop. The next he was writing a double-digit number on his scorecard that effectively ended any chance he had of defending his Masters title.

The 11th brought more problem as his tee shot sailed way from the fairway.

A few hours after Garcia played 15, Spieth birdied the hole.

That makes it nine times he's led here after just 17 rounds - a truly astonishing stat around a course that nearly everyone else takes several attempts to work out. He has played 17 rounds here.

After his only bogey at the tricky seventh, the Northern Irishman picked up shots at three of the par fives - the eighth, 13th and 15th.

Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are in the picture at 70, Pre-tournament favorite Justin Rose is at even par and Dustin Johnson, the world's top-ranked player, is at 73.

Race to Dubai victor Fleetwood birdied two par fives but was two over when he had a seven-foot eagle chance at the 15th. He has not won on tour this year and has had unusual trouble putting, but a 66 on Sunday at Houston propelled him into Augusta.

"I could have easily let the round slip away from me, but I got it back and I'm right back in this tournament", Woods said. "I've found a little trigger in the stroke last week and what I did on the last day last week was beneficial for here". He was on the driving range Thursday morning and appeared to be walking gingerly. "You don't have much of that here".

After missing birdie chances early, McIlroy said he stressed being patient and was content with where he stood with 54 holes yet to play.

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