Henley completes strong first round at the Masters
AUGUSTA, GA -- Macon-native and Stratford Academy alum Russell Henley finished Thursday's opening round at the Masters -1.
Despite bogeying the first two holes on the back nine, Henley finished the day strong settling into a eight-way tie for fourth.
Henley's strong performance was on the back burner as Dustin Johnson's withdrawal captured the headline for the day. Johnson injured his back Wednesday when he fell down the steps in his rental home. After a few practice swings before his afternoon tee off, the world's top ranked golfer pulled out of competition. Johnson was an 11-2 favorite to wear the green jacket on Sunday.
Johnson's departure opened the door for the rest of the field. Despite the unfavorable course conditions from Wednesday's severe weather, Charley Hoffman shined on day one. The San Diego-native birdied six of the final eight holes finishing Thursday in the lead -7, four strokes ahead of second place.
Day one wasn't as kind to some of golf's biggest names. After scoring a quadruple bogey on the 15th hole, Jordan Spieth finished day +3.
Rickie Fowler (+1) and Jason Day (+2) highlighted the low scores among the favorites.