Despite Lee Westwood managing five-under-par 67, holes one and 18 were two of the toughest three holes on day one of The Masters and yielded a combined 10 birdies through the course of the day, making for a tricky start and finish to the first round.
You need only ask Swede Henrik Stenson, who held the early lead at five-under until he made an eight at the par-four 18th, or to Rory McIlroy, who had to claw his way back from a double-drop at the first.
ÂI wouldn’t quite say it was a soap opera, but it wasn’t the best obviously. It wasn’t the start that I would have liked to have got off to,Â said McIlroy.
The first gave up just three birdies through the day, but offered up a total of 60 pars as compensation, making it only slightly less brutal than the 18th.
The final hole at Augusta was building a real reputation during the day after Stenson went from hero to zero when he dropped four shots at the last. By the close of Thursday only seven birdies had been made at the 465-yard par four.
But that difficulty level fell short of the first, which saw only three players reach the second tee-box below par and was ranked the toughest hole on day one. 26 bogeys and five double-bogeys through the day stood testimony to the havoc it wreaked.
The third hole worthy of a mention is the 11th, which was ranked as the second-toughest of the day and also gave up just three birdies, which contrasted the 33 bogeys made there on Thursday.
While Lee Westwood managed a solid 67 and Louis Oosthuizen kept pace with him, coming in in 68, it was incredibly difficult for players to top and tail the opening round at Augusta.