Charley Hoffman Takes Day 1 Lead At The Masters

In of the the best rounds ever at Augusta National on Thursday, Charley Hoffman destroyed the competition and managed to tame a very difficult day at the Masters.  Finishing the day at -7 for a round of 65, Hoffman made 9 birdies on a very windy day in Augusta Georgia, and leads by 4 strokes going into Friday morning.  This is the first time Hoffman has ever lead a major championship on any day.

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Hoffman consider his round to be very fortunate, and made some long putts on the back nine to keep his momentum going.  He stated “(It was) a little bit lucky. Fortunate I put myself in spots to be able to make putts. Doesn’t mean you’re going to make them out here. I was able to make some longer putts, which you’re just trying to die it up there close to the hole, and they were able to go in.”

Hoffman, with his short and compact swing, took some advice from his caddie on the range and early on in the round. Once he felt he was square to the target, he took aim at the flags and kept knocking them down.  In the amazing round of 65, it is worth mentioning Hoffman drained 9 birdies, had two bogeys, and most notably, a long Par saving putt on 13.

What Is The Record For Birdies At Augusta?

There have been some amazing rounds at Augusta over the years, but making 9 birdies in one round definitely raised some questions about who has made the most birdies in any round at The Masters.  Hoffman’s round on Thursday places him in third place all time for most birdies in one round.  Anthony Kim has 11 birdies in his second round of 2009, and Nick Price had 10 Birdies in his third round of 1986.