A deluge suspended the start of the Masters for three hours and when golf returned it did so with very receptive fairways and greens. However, the delay made it impossible to finish the day due to lack of electricity already cut in November. The attack was played on the opening day and Rahm was aimed at the top positions.
The world number two finished three under par in a great reaction, out of close to 50 players who are adapting well and under par to a fall Augusta. Shortly after the rainy restart, Rahm started from the 10th tee, along with favorite and recent US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau. It cost the Basque player the start but after two ‘bogeys’ he reacted with three ‘birdies’.
An ‘eagle’ on hole 2 confirmed Rahm’s gear change. The Barrika left one more ‘bogey’ but closed at that -3 to be up from the beginning. Casey delivered in the morning session a 65 that will remain as a rival to beat when the next morning they finish the day. DeChambeau for his part stayed at minus two.
Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, and Xander Schauffele appear in hot pursuit as does Tiger Woods. The defending champion started in great shape at -4, his best ever start to the tournament. The American won his 15th major last year but a season of few tournaments and low level raised doubts with Tiger.
The American’s gesture was improving with each hole, saving each delicate moment without committing a single mistake in the form of a ‘bogey’. The afternoon was already leaving its first birdies, with Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas leading the evening assault that will have to wait until Friday due to the lack of light.
José María Olazábal, who aspires to pass the cut, also advanced with the afternoon, while the other Spaniard in the fray, Rafa Cabrera Bello, lost a good card with a ‘double-bogeys’ at 15 and ‘bogey’ at 17 they made him finish with a hit over par.