- Two birdies at the beginning of his round and two birdies at the end made it a delightful day for England's Justin Rose, who shot 67 Thursday.
- The Champions Tour can wait for Jay Haas, 50, who shot 69 in his 21st Masters.
- At age 61, Raymond Floyd shot 73. At age 64, Jack Nicklaus is 2 over through 17 holes.
- Tiger Woods keeps saying there is nothing wrong, but it didn't look that way. A 40 on the front nine put him in a huge hole.
- Vijay Singh was in perfect position until an 8 at the 15th hole. He had bogeys at the 17th and 18th and shot 75.
- It was a tough day for two-time Masters champion Tom Watson, who learned of the death of his long-time caddie, Bruce Edwards, when he arrived at Augusta National. Edwards died from ALS. Watson played and shot 76.
"The aura of the place is just magnificent. The course is as good as it gets. It's not the longest course we play, it's not the most difficult course we play. But everything that goes with it just makes this course so difficult." - CHRIS DiMARCO, who shot a first-round 69 and was the only player not to make a bogey.
- TIGER'S SHIRT: The Nike shirt worn by Woods can be purchased for $80. Not the exact shirt, but the style. Nike said it was a "twist rib full-button polo in ghost, with a light shade of lavender blue." The price of the shirt Woods wears Sunday is $5 more and will be red.
- JESUS AND JONES: Actor Jim Caviezel, who stars in The Passion of the Christ, also plays Bobby Jones in an upcoming movie called Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius. Caviezel visited Augusta National, co-founded by Jones, on Wednesday and attended a Golf Writers Association of America banquet. Caviezel said he was sidetracked from visiting the course because he had to do so much work training for the title role. "Learning how to swing is one thing. Learning how to hit like Bobby Jones was another," he said. The movie is released April 30.
Stat of the Day
In 10 opening rounds at Augusta National, Tiger Woods has never shot in the 60s in the first round of the Masters. He is 4 over through 14 holes.
Hole of the Day
Par-3, 180 yards.
DiMarco made the first hole-in-one at No. 6 in 32 years, using a 5-iron. The hole played 198 yards to the back, right pin, and the ace helped DiMarco stay within two shots of Justin Rose. DiMarco made up a lot of ground on the field: There were just six birdies on the hole, with 17 bogeys and seven double-bogeys. The hole played to an average of 3.247.