Masters filled with oddities

April 7, 2005 at 10:12 PM
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AUGUSTA, Ga., April 7 (UPI) -- Less than one full round into the Masters, the tournament had already produced its share of oddities.

Among them Thursday were:

-- Tournament officials re-scheduled the starting time for the first round five times before weather finally permitted the event to begin.

-- Tiger Woods, putting for eagle at the 13th hole, hit his ball too hard and watched it roll into Rae's Creek.

-- Billy Casper took a 14 at the par-3 16th, the highest score on any hole in Masters history. The old record had been 13, established at the 12th hole by Tom Weiskopf.

-- Fuzzy Zoeller had an extra club in his bag when he began his round and did not discover it until he had played two holes. The result was a four-shot penalty.

-- Three-time champion Nick Faldo suffered back problems and withdrew after eight holes. He was 4-over at the time.

-- The last hole Rory Sabbatini played before dark set in was the eighth, which he eagled. It was the only eagle made Thursday. The bad news was that Sabbatini was 10-over par going to the eighth.

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