South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli raced to four under par on his opening nine holes before darkness suspended the opening round of the 2020 Masters.
Players were made to wait a while as rain hammered down at the start of Augusta National on Thursday but when play eventually got going, the action intensified with some terrific golf across.
Frittelli was one of the late starters but looked like a man on a mission from the outset by playing the back nine first.
Despite an early bogey on the third hole (12th), the 30-year-old started to work his magic with an eagle on the next hole – followed by three consecutive birdies on the 5th, 6th and 7th holes.
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Frittelli climbed up the leaderboard into T5 alongside a big batch of players chasing Paul Casey, who shot a spectacular seven-under-par 65 to take the early lead in Georgia.
Webb Simpson, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas are all in in T2 on five under with Thomas also not yet finished with his opening round. He will be out early on Friday to continue from the 11th hole.
Louis Oosthuizen on the other hand also made a brilliant start to his quest of winning a second Major title by shooting a four-under 68 for his opening round.
Oosthuizen came out top in his three ball alongside Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm, who both experienced a bit of an up and down day out on the course.
One bogey on the 15th halted Oosthuizen’s round a little but he did well to respond with a birdie on the penultimate hole.