What a round: Hoffman takes Masters lead with first round 65 in rough weather conditions
The highest margin is five by Craig Wood in 1941. The only other four-shot lead was by Jack Burke Jr. in 1955. Hoffman's stellar play, coming on the toughest first-round scoring day (74.978) since 2007's 76.188, overshadowed the early week's storylines.
MASTERS: Hoffman on fire, Leish best Aussie
His margin is the highest for more than 60 years and threatened the Masters first-round record of a five-shot lead, held by Craig Wood back in 1941, when he opened with a 66. Wood won the tournament; Hoffman has some work to do yet. "Will I sleep ...
Winning one-two punch came on final holes
The Augusta Chronicle
1935: Gene Sarazen holed his second shot at the par-5 15th for a double eagle to force a 36-hole playoff with Craig Wood. He used a 4-wood from 235 yards out. 1940: Jimmy Demaret finished with 71 to win by a then-record four shots. 1946: Herman Keiser ...
The Latest: Only 11 players break par in Masters 1st round
Hoffman had a shot at birdie on the 18th hole, which would have tied him with Craig Wood in 1941 for the largest lead after the opening round. The 40-year-old American wasn't able to sink the putt, but he certainly had no complaints about his ...