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Masters Notes: Tough start for guys with Chattanooga ties

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRCB) -- Steven Fox faded late Thursday to an opening round of 4-over 76, and few of the other golfers with Chattanooga ties fared much better.

Brian Gay, whose caddy is Chattanooga native Kip Henley, is the best of the bunch after an even par round of 72. The PGA Tour veteran was 2-under heading into the final three holes, but back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17 dropped him back.

He stands tied for 34th entering Friday's second round.

Henrik Stenson, whose caddy is former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golfer Gareth Lord, was also fighting for good position at even par through 15 holes. However, he finished with three straight bogeys to card a 3-over 75.

Robert Garrigus, whose caddy is Kip's brother Brent Henley, matched Fox's round of 76, though his round was far more eventful.

While Fox put together a debut round of five bogeys and one birdie, Garrigus finished with six bogeys, one triple-bogey, three birdies and one eagle.

Two good scores, two bad shirts
Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia played just one group apart Thursday and were only one shot apart on the leaderboard at the Masters.

That wasn't terribly confusing, though their shirts were.

Viewers around the country had to be doing double takes as the cameras switched between the two players as they battled for the lead in the late afternoon on the back nine. That's because both were wearing the same garish shirt, color and all.

"Well, we are not wearing the same outfit because we want to," Johnson said. "This is Adidas; they script our clothing this week. We are wearing the same outfit because they told us to."

The shirts were partly striped and an acid shade of green. From a distance, it was hard to tell which player was which.

Whatever they looked like, the shirts seemed to work. Garcia shot a 66 to tie for the lead, while Johnson was a shot back at 67.

Johnson was asked if he would like to wear something on Sunday that moderator Tom Nelson - an Augusta member - was wearing in the interview room. That, too, comes in green and is put over the shoulders of the Masters champion.

"I would love to," Johnson said, laughing.

Looking like old pro, 14-year-old opens with 73
Fourteen-year-old Guan Tianlang is the youngest golfer ever to compete at the Masters.

But he looked more like a veteran Thursday when he shot a 1-over 73 in his debut at Augusta National.

Guan made a 15-footer from off the green to birdie his final hole, getting a standing ovation from the crowd at No. 18. Leading the cheers was two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, one of Guan's playing partners.

If he plays this way Friday, the eighth-grader from China could set another record as the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters.

The Asia Pacific Amateur champion says he doesn't think he can win the Masters this year. But he thinks he can in the future, and his goal is to win all four majors in one year.

Donaldson aces No. 6 at the Masters
Jamie Donaldson has made a hole-in-one at the Masters.

The Welsh golfer aced the sixth hole during Thursday's opening round. He becomes the fifth golfer to make a 1 at the 180-yard hole known as Juniper. And it's the first since Chris DiMarco in 2004.

Overall, it was the 24th ace in Masters history. Last year, Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott made holes-in-one at No. 16.

Donaldson's brilliant shot left him at 1 under for the tournament, three strokes behind the leader, David Lynn of England.

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