April 11 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Trevor Immelman's 4-under 68 in Thursday's first round of the Masters is his lowest round since winning at Augusta National in 2008.
In his four starts between 2009-12, Immelman's lowest round in that span was a 69. Last year, he shot 78-71-76-76 to finish 60th.
But on Thursday, Immelman looked like the player who went wire-to-wire here in 2008. He birdied the par-5 second hole and then added three more birdies on his back nine in a bogey-free round. He hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation; in his 2008 win, he ranked second in the field in greens in regulation.
"Any time in a major you can get out to a nice start and get a few under your belt, birdies are precious commodities at these types of tournaments," Immelmand said. "So you try and bank them for as long as you can."
Immelman hasn't won a PGA TOUR event since his Masters win.
"I think one of the kind of missing ingredients for me right now is I need to start to gain some of the confidence that I had five or six years ago when I had a nice run for a few years," he said. "So I wouldn't say I'm at that point yet to where I get to the middle of the round and say, 'Well, OK, this is it.' But I definitely found a nice rhythm on the back nine and started hitting some quality shots and then converted the putts.
"So that was a nice feeling."