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Tiger Woods lurks — but Paul Casey leads — as a most unusual Masters begins at Augusta National

Tiger Woods is in the mix after Thursday's first round. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The rough is thicker, the greens are softer, the calendar is later. The opening round of the first November Masters in history is not yet complete — thunderstorms Thursday morning are to thank for that. But we now know the differences and the similarities. The most prominent thing that didn’t change from spring to fall: Tiger Woods is in the mix.

Woods, the defending champion who is pursuing what would be a record-tying sixth green jacket, didn’t post the day’s lowest score, an honor that went to England’s Paul Casey, who leads overnight after an opening 7-under-par 65. That sat two ahead of the 67s turned in by Americans Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele, not to mention countryman Justin Thomas, who only made it through 10 holes before play was suspended by darkness at 5:30 p.m.