The first round of the 2007 Masters saw Augusta come out the winner, as only nine players broke par and many favorites notched big scores, as Justin Rose and Brett Wetterich went into the clubhouse with the lead after shooting 3-under 69s.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a 4-over 76 after starting his day horribly, while Tiger Woods is four shots off the lead after shooting a 73. Here's what Rose, Woods and Mickelson had to say after the round.
Q. Can you talk about what it was like to get off to a bogey-free start today in these conditions?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, obviously that's exciting to go bogey-free on any course on any day. But first round on Augusta on a day where obviously the scores are pretty high makes it a very pleasing round. Yeah, one that I'm very happy with for sure.
Q. A lot of players have said coming in today that this course is playing much differently than they have seen in years and we may finally be getting the firm and fast course they hoped for six years ago. How much different did it play for you today than a couple of years ago when you played so well here?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, it's certainly firmer and faster than it was in '03 and '04. I seem to remember it being quite wet.
The greens always play fast, but it's obviously the firmness that really starts to impact you in terms of the shots that you can hit into the green, and therefore, which pins you can actually go at. When you can't go at pins, you have longer putts; therefore, you don't make as many birdies.
I really like firm, fast conditions. I think that's what all us players really do like, is when the course plays firm and fast and seems to ask the right questions.
Q. Looking at that leaderboard there, what should that tell us about the conditions of the course and how it's affecting this field?
JUSTIN ROSE: Well, I think it should tell you that it's a major for sure. That seems to be what a lot of major tournaments are striving for; that the course really tests the players to their utmost really.
Q. On his play
TIGER WOODS: I threw away a good round of golf. I wasn't sweeping it very good. Putted pretty good. It's playing dry and fast.
Pins I thought were a little friendly. It will be interesting this weekend, with the course playing so dry.
I've got to organize a few things. I had it right there. Then threw it away. Can actually roll the ball out there. 1999 was probably the dryest I've ever seen it.
I had a tough putt on 16 for par. Low is only 69 today. Looked on computer coming out and saw guys were three and 4-under. Earlier guys had it a little harder.
Q. On his play.
PHIL MICKELSON: I got off to a poor start and I was 5 over after seven. I thought if I could just stay close. I had missed a couple of short putts.
I don't feel I've driven myself out of it as even par is going to be in the hunt tomorrow.
If I get out and shoot a 68, I'll be right back in it.
My goal was to shoot under par after being 5-over after seven. So I made a mini-goal from that point. There are birdies out there today.
I didn't drive it as well as I wanted to, but I got it done in the end. I'm more worried about the short putts I missed.
Tomorrow's goal is to shoot in the 60s and I can get right back in it.
Q. Regarding Amy (his wife) giving him a hug on number 7.
PHIL MICKELSON: It was great seeing Amy out there. A little morale boost to keep me fighting was nice.
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