Lanny Wadkins took advantage of ideal morning conditions and soft greens to fire a 5-under-par 67 today and seize the early first-round lead in the Masters.
Jodie Mudd, Wadkins' playing partner, eagled the 500-yard 15th hole, a par 5, but bogeyed the 18th to shoot 70.Ken Green, who has a well-chronicled irreverance for Augusta National Golf Club, collapsed on "Amen Corner" after a birdie on 10. He had a bogey on 11 and a triple bogey 6 on the devilish 155-yard No. 12.
On that par 3 12th, Green hit his tee shot in the water, bunkered his third, came out in four and two-putted. Undaunted, Green came back with birdies on the 13th and 14th and was 3-under through 14.
Green, wearing a green glove, green socks and green-striped saddle oxfords, sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the 435-yard ninth hole to tour 3,465-yard front nine in 32, two shots off the course record.
He then birdied the downhill 485-yard par 4 No. 10 before disaster struck.
Green, who criticized the Masters as "disorganized" last year, was in the sixth group off the tee.
It is his fourth Masters and Green's best finish was a tie for 11th in 1989.
Wadkins, the recent Hawaiian Open champion, shot a 2-under par 34 on the front nine.
He bogeyed 11 but charged back with birdies on 12, 14 and 15, and 17 and a back nine of 33.
Wadkins, the 1977 PGA champion who has earned $335,000 this year, one-putted five of the first seven holes.
He reached the front bunker in two on the 555-yard Par 5 No. 2 and hit a sand wedge within 2 feet for a birdie.
Wadkins made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 360-yard par 4 No. 3 and saved par on the 205-yard par 3 No. 4 with a bunker shot within 2 feet.
A 25-foot, downhill birdie putt on the 435-yard par 4 No. 5 sent Wadkins to 3-under. He bogeyed the 535-yard par 5 eighth hole and parred the 435-yard No. 9.
The 42-year-old Wadkins, who has 19 tour victories, was in the second group off the tee playing with Mudd, whose best finish in the Masters was a tie for fourth in 1987.
Wadkins has played in 18 Masters, but has only three top 10 finishes.
Mudd was 1-under on the front, fell back to even on 13, but birdied the 405-yard par 4 No. 14 before his eagle.
The 55th Masters 1991
Year Winner Score Par 288
1979 Fuzzy Zoeller* 280
1980 Steve Ballesteros 275
1981 Tom Watson 280
1982 Craig Stadler* 284
1983 Steve Ballesteros 280
1984 Ben Crenshaw 277
1985 Bernhard Langer 282
1986 Jack Nicklaus 279
1987 Larry Mize* 285
1988 Sandy Lyle 281
1989 Nick Faldo* 283
1990 Nick Faldo* 278