Jordan Spieth back in his comfort zone at Masters

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Will be updated. With AP Photos.

Jordan Spieth appears to be back on his game. He failed to get his second shot back to the fairway and then left his third one short of the green.

A dip in Rae's Creek at 12 cost him a shot, although he limited the damage with an impressive 18-foot bogey putt.

Garcia has gone with an global salad inspired by ingredients representing countries of previous Masters champions to start, followed by a traditional Spanish lobster rice dish.

Spieth double-bogeyed the first hole to drop to 4 under in the 72-hole tournament.

Spieth birdied five straight holes down the stretch in the opening round and finished with a 6-under 66.

"I still want to compete, and I want to beat these guys", the 42-year-old superstar said as he looked forward to his first Masters in three years, and his first major start since missing the cut at the 2015 PGA Championship.

"I'm going to take it really easy", Johnson, who was the hottest golfer on the planet a year ago when a fall down a set of stairs stopped him teeing up the next day at the Masters, said at Augusta National yesterday.

Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler were among those at 70. Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Jon Rahm are right behind that threesome.

Li Haotong has begun his second round at the Masters.

Woods plodded through an unspectacular opening round on Thursday, settling for a 1-over 73 that left him far off the lead but still feeling good about his chances.

A shocking final round meltdown that ripped the 2011 Green Jacket off McIlroy's back continues to haunt him even though he claims it was a learning experience.

Woods' bogey at 11 preceded what he called "a bad golf shot" on the 12th tee, a water ball that led to another bogey and a 3-over score two-thirds of the way home.

The performance of the day from a European Tour Member came from Matt Kuchar, who was just two shots off the pace on four under par alongside American Tony Finau after a stunning back nine which included five birdies.

"So it's just about playing the golf course for what you get, recognizing what the tendencies are this course brings and what my own tendencies are when under the gun". "Jordan had a pretty strong finish there". As the only men's major that is played at the same course every year, the familiarity with the course and the views give us a welcome renewal of the golf season.

The build-up to the Masters has featured an array of 20-something players describing the Tigeresque feats that inspired them to pursue competitive golf. Sometimes you plod away and you make your pars and think you're doing okay, but you look at the board and you might be seven or eight back. "But to be right up there and have the ability to stay patient, because of the position I'm in, that's a nice luxury I have over the next few days".