View Photo Gallery: Lee Westwood is off to a strong start.

Lee Westwood turned in the best card in Thursday’s first round at the Masters, but the Brit has a long way to go — and a good bit of history standing in his way — to earn his first green jacket.

Westwood has yet to win a major tournament, but he has come close. He tied for third at the 2011 U.S. Open and finished second at Augusta in 2010 and sixth in 1999. But over the last 26 years, only one player — Trevor Immelman in 2008 — won the Masters after leading through Day 1.

• Live scores: Day 2 at Augusta

Meantime, many of the big names spent considerable time off the fairway and in the trees on Thursday. Tiger Woods was fortunate to finish at even par (72), while Rory McIlroy (71) and Phil Mickelson (74) also struggled mightily.

Westwood was still atop the leader board at 2 p.m. Friday, tied with Jason Dufner at 5 under par through 13 holes.

Here’s a look at Friday’s action from the reporters on the grounds at Augusta.


Rory McIlroy shoots 33 on front nine to creep up leader board

Westwood leads after first round as expected leaders falter

Boswell: Tiger Woods battles himself and Augusta on Day 1

Stenson experiences meltdown on final hole

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Masters chairman sidesteps questions about female members at Augusta