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Past Masters

The first round of the Masters was like Cocoon out there yesterday, with two old timers upstaging the return of Tiger Woods with golf that no-one thought was possible from men who should be sat down handing out Werther’s Originals to their younger counterparts, regaling them of the time they did some heinously immoral act that the press never got wind of.

Fifty-year-old Fred Couples, who shot a six under par 66 yesterday, held a one shot lead over Tom Watson (who himself was ‘this’ close to winning the Open at Turnberry), at the top of the leaderboard, heading a cast of stars that would make even the most anti-golf nut look up from their paper to watch for five minutes. Behind the two old-stagers, we have Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter and YE Yang one shot behind, with Lee Westwood and the Tiger on four under par. It can’t possibly be this close on Sunday, can it?

‘This is one of my favourite tournaments, so I've been playing this year with a view to coming to Augusta, just like I do every other year,’ said Couples. ‘On the Champions Tour I have played very well but I drove the ball and putted well in all of those tournaments, and that's pretty much what I did today too.

‘No matter what age you are, you want to do well. I felt like today was just one of those rounds where maybe it was good that the wind was blowing when I was playing, because I wasn't expecting too much, to be honest with you. And once I got going, I just kept making putts and ended up six under.’

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