April 12, 2013 in Sports

Garcia, Leishman tied for lead at Masters

Doug Ferguson Associated Press
 
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Sergio Garcia has a one-stroke lead, along with Marc Leishman.
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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Sergio Garcia might have written himself off too quickly at the Masters.

When last seen walking off the course at Augusta National, the impetuous Spaniard was moping about his bad luck at this tournament and said last year it was increasingly evident he would never be fitted for a green jacket.

Garcia matched his best score at the Masters on Thursday, a 6-under 66 with no bogeys on his card, to share the lead with Marc Leishman of Australia. And he still wasn’t entirely happy, although this time with good reason. He hit the ball so well his score could have been so much better.

“To tell you the truth, if I manage to make a couple of the putts that kind of stayed around the lip, I could have been probably 7- or 8-under par through 10,” Garcia said. “It was that good. And it wasn’t like I was hitting pitching wedge every single time. I was hitting 4-irons and 5-irons and 6-irons, so it wasn’t that easy.”

It sure felt easy for several players in a gentle opening round – even for an eighth-grader.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old from China and youngest to compete in a major in 148 years, played well beyond his age and holed a 15-foot putt from just off the 18th green for a respectable round of 73 and a reasonable chance of making the cut.

Tiger Woods wasn’t far off as he began his quest for a fifth green jacket. Wild at the start, including a tee shot that knocked a cup of beer out of a spectator’s hand, Woods settled into a groove and opened with a 70.

Garcia and Leishman had a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, who has a game that fits perfectly for Augusta and he finally brought it. Johnson hit a 9-iron for his second shot on the par-5 13th and made a 15-foot eagle putt, and he smashed his drive on the par-5 15th and hit pitching wedge just through the green for an easy birdie.

Masters

At Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club

Yardage: 7,435; Par: 72 (36-36)

Marc Leishman35-31—66
Sergio Garcia32-34—66
Dustin Johnson33-34—67
Fred Couples34-34—68
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano34-34—68
Rickie Fowler34-34—68
Trevor Immelman35-33—68
Matt Kuchar33-35—68
David Lynn33-35—68
Adam Scott34-35—69
Jim Furyk33-36—69
Zach Johnson36-33—69
K.J. Choi34-36—70
Tim Clark35-35—70
Jason Day36-34—70
John Huh36-34—70
Kevin Na38-32—70
Justin Rose34-36—70
Brandt Snedeker35-35—70
David Toms36-34—70
Lee Westwood36-34—70
Tiger Woods34-36—70
Angel Cabrera36-35—71
Luke Donald36-35—71
Ernie Els36-35—71
Ryo Ishikawa34-37—71
Bernhard Langer35-36—71
Phil Mickelson38-33—71
Ryan Moore37-34—71
John Peterson36-35—71
Charl Schwartzel36-35—71
Bo Van Pelt36-35—71
Jason Dufner37-35—72
Bill Haas35-37—72
Brian Gay35-37—72
Peter Hanson36-36—72
Russell Henley36-36—72
Freddie Jacobson36-36—72
Martin Kaymer35-37—72
Rory McIlroy34-38—72
Vijay Singh35-37—72
D.A. Points35-37—72
John Senden35-37—72
Mike Weir38-34—72
Y.E. Yang36-36—72
Keegan Bradley38-35—73
Thomas Bjorn37-36—73
Graeme McDowell35-38—73
a-Guan Tianlang38-35—73
Michael Thompson37-36—73
Sandy Lyle37-36—73
Larry Mize36-37—73
Webb Simpson38-35—73
Richard Sterne37-36—73
Steve Stricker40-33—73
Nicolas Colsaerts38-36—74
Jamie Donaldson35-39—74
Lucas Glover38-36—74
John Merrick40-34—74
Francesco Molinari38-36—74
Mark O’Meara35-39—74
Jose Maria Olazabal38-36—74
Louis Oosthuizen38-36—74
Stewart Cink36-39—75
George Coetzee39-36—75
Matteo Manassero37-38—75
Scott Piercy38-37—75
Henrik Stenson36-39—75
Bubba Watson38-37—75
Ben Curtis36-40—76
Robert Garrigus39-37—76
Martin Laird36-40—76
Paul Lawrie37-39—76
Hunter Mahan39-37—76
Carl Pettersson36-40—76
Ted Potter Jr.37-39—76
Ian Poulter38-38—76
a-Steven Fox36-40—76
Kevin Streelman36-40—76
a-Nathan Smith39-38—77
a-T.J. Vogel39-38—77
Branden Grace38-40—78
Padraig Harrington38-40—78
Thorbjorn Olesen37-41—78
Nick Watney39-39—78
a-Michael Weaver39-39—78
Hiroyuki Fujita38-41—79
Craig Stadler38-41—79
Thaworn Wiratchant41-38—79
Tom Watson40-39—79
Ian Woosnam40-40—80
Ben Crenshaw40-40—80
a-Alan Dunbar46-37—83

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