AUGUSTA, Ga. Here's an update on the eight players that have ties to the Carolinas:
Dustin Johnson (-5), tied for 3rd: Many of the players marveled at how slow the greens were on Thursday. No player can take advantage of that more than Myrtle Beach's Johnson with his superior length of the tee. In fact, his average drive was 317 yards on Thursday, which is fourteen yards longer than the field. He played the par 5's in four under par, including an eagle on the 13th hole. The area received several inches of rain late Thursday night, which should keep the greens soft on Friday. Thus, don't be surprised if Johnson is in the lead at the end of day two.
Tim Clark (-2), tied for 13th: the 2006 Masters runner up made six birdies on Thursday, but the length of the course also contributed to four bogeys for the Wolfpack alum. Clark is one of the shortest hitters on tour, meaning his short game must be perfect to remain in contention.
Bill Haas (E), tied for 33rd: The Wake Forest alum and Greenville, SC resident was two under par as he stepped to the 12th hole on Thursday. But "Amen Corner" got the best of Haas on day one, as he bogeyed the 12th hole, and made another bogey on 13 after hitting it in the water. Haas also had plenty of scrambling to do, as he only hit nine greens.
Webb Simpson (+1), tied for 45th: The Raleigh native and Charlotte resident battled to shoot 73 on Thursday. Simpson was 3 over par through 12 holes, and only hit 7 of 18 greens in regulation. But two late birdies put him in position to get back in the tour ament on Friday.
Lucas Glover (+2), tied for 56th: The Greenville, SC native double bogeyed the 7th hole and then had three birdies and bogeys on the back nine. Glover never seemed comfortable with the surprisingly slow greens on Thursday.
Martin Laird (+4), tied for 70th: The Lake Norman resident fell apart yesterday, bogeying four of the first five holes on the back side. It's surprising to see Laird in this position as he won in San Antonio last week.
Kevin Streelman (+4), tied for 70th: the Duke graduate also lost his round once he made the turn, bogeying 10 and 11, and hitting the ball in the water on 13 and 15, leading to two more bogeys.
Carl Petterson (+4), tied for 70th: the Raleigh resident and NC State alum was 2 under par through five holes, but struggled mightily with his swing from there. Petterson only hit six fairways and seven greens on day one, and made double bogey on the 14th hole.
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