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Local guys struggle in Masters opening round

For the golfers with local ties, it wasn't exactly a day to remember. It was a tough day for all, as all three finished over par and find themselves well back of the lead.

Former Augusta State golfer Oliver Wilson had it one under through three but ended the round at 6-over par. Augusta native Larry Mize shot an opening round 65 in last year's masters. This year, he was 9 shots worse, finishing at 4-over par. Louisville native Brian Gay started strong in his Masters debut, but a rough back nine saw him end at 2-over par. In the end, a pretty frustrating day for all.

"I saw it up there" said Brian Gay "I got off to a good start. Hit a great driver on one and I was a fare bit nervous on the first tee, not a bunch, but a little and I hit it right down the middle. Then hit the wrong club short of the bunker and made a great save then hit two great wedges on the next two holes."

"I don't think I can blame the weather conditions on the way I can perform." said Larry Mize "It was just a struggle. I mean I did some good things and made a lot of birdies thank goodness or I would have shot a million. But there were a lot of negatives out there and I got to work on and try to come back tomorrow. But it was a rough day for me."

All three have some work to do to play the weekend. Don't forget -- the top 44 players and ties will make the cut as well as any players within 10 strokes of the lead.


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