By now more people who play golf has learned what the term octuple-bogey means i.e. when you score an 8-over par on a hole, courtesy of the very unlucky Sergio Garcia. He got his octuple-bogey when lobbed the ball into the Hole 15 green of the Augusta National, only to see it spin and roll into the water, not once but five times.
That huge score had put a huge dent into Garcia’s title defence with some people saying that the title defence is well and truly over for him.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods didn’t play as well as people expected him to, but he didn’t play that bad, either. It was just so-so. He finished with a 1-over 73, posting a score of 3 birdies against 5 bogeys.
Several others had done quite well. Jordan Spieth led the First Day with 6-Under, Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar – yes, Matt Kuchar — were T-2 just two strokes back. Phil Mickelson was only 4 shots behind. And how about Ian Poulter, winner of Houston Open? He did not have a very good round, with a score of 2-over.
As for India’s Shubhankar Sharma, Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, and China’s Li Haotong, the three had mixed fortunes:
- Li Haotong: A very good score of 3-Under. At end of Day he was tied for 4th place with, among others, Mcilroy and Henrik Stenson. The man can do equally good on Day 2, if not better
- Shubhankar Sharma: He posted a score of 5-Over, which might not be quite enough to sustain him for the weekend play
- Kiradech Aphibarnrat: At 7-Over, he was placed out of range of the cut line. Unless he performed extremely well on Day 2 with a few others play extremely poor
Day 2 is in progress right now (Saturday 1.00 a.m. Malaysian Time). As always, many eyes will be on Tiger Woods. Can he string several birdies today?