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From Masters day care to the top of the heap, Bill Haas leads by one

Bill Haas grew up attending The Masters because his father, Jay Haas, competed for the Green Jacket 20 times.  After round one of the 2014 edition, Bill Haas leads The Masters by one stroke at four-under par (68).

Haas is one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour.  He has five wins since joining the Tour in 2006, and has made the cut in four career starts at Augusta with his best finish coming last year (T20).

Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, and Louis Oosthuizen are tied for second place at three-under (69).

Scott won The Masters last year, and is trending in the direction of a successful defense this week.  His only mistake was hitting his tee shot on the par-3 12th into Rae’s Creek, which led to a double-bogey.

Bubba Watson won The Masters in 2012, and was the only player without a bogey in round one.  Watson hit 16 of 18 greens, and birdied three holes for an effortless 69.

Oosthuizen lost to Watson in the 2012 playoff.  His career has been plagued by injuries, but when healthy, he has one of the best swings in the game.  That swing was on display today as Oosthuizen registered six birdies and three bogies.

Masters rookies Kevin Stadler, Jonas Blixt, and Jimmy Walker are tied for fifth place with Gary Woodland, K.J. Choi, Brandt Snedeker, and Marc Leishman at two-under (70).

Fred Couples, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler are among a group tied for twelfth place at one-under (71).

Phil Mickelson made a triple-bogey on 7 and a double-bogey on 15 en route to a four-over 76 (T67).

The weekend forecast is 80s and sunny, which should help create extremely firm conditions.  Anyone making the cut will have an opportunity to jump into contention with a good round on Saturday.  For many notable players who faltered on day one, Friday’s round will be about making the cut, and the weekend will be about winning the tournament.

Leaderboard.

Tags: Adam Scott Augusta National Golf Club Bill Haas Bubba Watson Fred Couples Louis Oosthuizen Phil Mickelson Rickie Fowler Rory McIlroy The Masters

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