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Masters Review -- Day One

At the Top: Major-less Lee Westwood shot 32 on the front en route to a 67 and a one-shot advantage over Louis Oosthuizen and Peter Hanson. Westwood finished second here two years ago.

In Defense: 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel never strayed further than a stroke from par in shooting an even 72.

Fast Fact: The last four Masters champions shot an opening round in the 60s.

Happy Birthday? Not.: Sweden's Henrik Stenson, 6-under after 13 holes, took an 8 on No. 18 and finished with a 1-under 71. He turned 36 Thursday.

Tiger Pause: Woods snapped a hook into the trees on No. 1, took unplayables after his drives on Nos. 2 and 18 and finished bogey-bogey for a 72. He's making putts, though. Beware.

On the Rebound: PGA champ Keegan Bradley doubled the first hole, fought back to 2-under and put up 71. Steve Stricker also shot 71; he was 2-over after nine.

Yesterday's News: What's this? 1999 British Open champ Paul Lawrie creeping up the leader board? The guy who went 10 years without a tourney win before this year? The player who hadn't participated in the Masters since 2004? Yup. That's him. The Scot, 43, fashioned a 69 that included two eagles.

(Way) Down Under: Looks like it's one again Wait 'Til Next Year for the Aussies. Geoff Oglivy and John Senden shot 74, Adam Scott 75, Jason Day 76.


Padraig Harrington on the jinx associated with winning the Par-3 Contest (he was co-champ): "I've never teed up and played a tournament where I didn't try on every shot, so I wouldn't play if I wasn't trying. I like winning." He shot 71 Thursday.

Tiger Woods: "I hit some of the worst golf shots I ever hit today."

Keegan Bradley on his birdie from the front bunker on No. 4: "That was one of the best shots I've ever hit. That was really fun to see it go in and hear that famous Augusta roar. I was hoping to get it within 10 feet."

Next Up: Westwood goes off at 9:40 Friday morning, Ooshuizen at 8:34, Hanson at 10:46 You'll find Woods in the 1:42 TV slot.

-- Bob DiCesare

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