The Masters: Charley Hoffman stuns field with 65

Charley Hoffman waves after fishing the first round of the Masters. photo / AP
Charley Hoffman waves after fishing the first round of the Masters. photo / AP

On a day when it was tough just to break par at the Masters, Charley Hoffman turned in one of the greatest rounds of his career.

Hoffman bounced back from a slow start to shoot a 7-under 65 in the opening round, giving him a commanding four-shot lead in a swirling wind that gusted close to 40 mph.

Hoffman had a shot at birdie on the 18th hole, which would have tied him with Craig Wood in 1941 for the largest lead after the opening round.

The 40-year-old American wasn't able to sink the putt, but he certainly had no complaints about his performance - especially after a pair of bogeys left him at 1 over through No. 5.

He birdied eight of the next 12 holes, including four in a row beginning at the 14th.

This isn't the first time Hoffman has been in contention at Augusta. Two years ago, he played in the next-to-last group on Sunday but closed with a 74 to finish 10 shots behind winner Jordan Spieth.

Now, it's Hoffman holding a big lead.

- NZ Herald

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