Great start for Spieth

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -The first round of the 80th Masters continues at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia, and the big early story involves the defending champion. Jordan Spieth picked up where he left off last year as he opened with a 6-under-66. His round featured six birdies, three on the front nine and three on the back. His playing partner Paul Casey shot a 3-under-69.

On the course the hottest player on tour, Jason Day, is enjoying another fine round. The Australian is 4-under after 10 holes.

Former Masters winners Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson opened with even par-72’s.

Things got off to a horrendous start for Ernie Els as the South African shot a 6-over-par 10 on the opening hole. Things were so bad for Els, the winner of four major championships, that he seven-putted from two feet.

The festivities began early in the morning as Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, with their old friend Arnold Palmer watching from a chair, hit the ceremonial tee shots to open play. The 86-year-old Palmer decided not to take a swing this year because of health issues.

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