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Koepka and DeChambeau share lead, Scott’s hot start, Day’s injury woe

Augusta, Georgia: Three-time major winner Brooks Koepka and fellow American Bryson DeChambeau share ..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Sports , at April 12, 2019

Augusta, Georgia: Three-time major winner Brooks Koepka and fellow American Bryson DeChambeau share the lead at the Masters after carding rounds of six-under 66 on the first day.

Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson finished with five birdies in seven for a five-under 67 – his lowest opening round since he won in 2010.

Englands Ian Poulter and US hope Dustin Johnson were four under, while five players including Australias Adam Scott and Spaniard Jon Rahm were a shot further back.

Tiger Woods was one of 10 players at two under.

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Koepka, 28, who sat out last years Masters with a wrist injury, had four straight birdies between the 12th and 15th holes but missed a birdie putt on the 18th for the outright lead.

DeChambeau birdied the last four holes and six of the last seven.

Brooks Koepka considers a putt at the 13th hole at Augusta.

Brooks Koepka considers a putt at the 13th hole at Augusta.Credit:AP

Scotts best opening round at the Masters in five years had the 2013 Augusta National champion sitting on three-under par 69.

He had not broken par at the April major since the 2014 edition but birdied the final two holes and briefly shared the clubhouse lead with South Africas Justin Harding and Rahm.

Scott was treading water at even par through 14 holes but surged up the leaderboard to two under courtesy of birdies at the par-five 15th, the difficult par-four 17th and the last hole.

Adam Scott has had a strong start to the US Masters.

Adam Scott has had a strong start to the US Masters.Credit:AP

Jason Day finished a shot back at two under.

It is reported Day aggravated his chronic back injury by picking up one of his children on Thursday morning although that hasnt been confirmed.

Queenslander Cameron Smith posted a 70 after he birdied three of his last six holes following a sloppy start.

Marc Leishman is at even par after three-putting the last hole for a bogey.

Smith was well versed about Augusta Nationals course changes ahead of the 83rd Masters but Thursdays pin placements took the Queenslander by surprise.

Jason Day holds his back on the fourth tee at Augusta.

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