April 10, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Dufner had his highest score ever in four trips to Augusta National on Thursday. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jason Dufner was one of a handful of players who failed to break 80 on a breezy, warm and difficult Thursday at the Masters.
A 9 on the 13th didn't help any.
The reigning PGA champ put two balls in the water on the par 5 and recorded his highest round ever in four trips to Augusta National.
"(Expletive) golf more than anything for me," said Dufner, whose previous worst score here was a 75 on five different occasions. "Tough golf course. The margins are very small."
And the scores very high. Augusta National played more than two strokes over par in the opening round and only 19 players were in red figures at day's end.
Dufner made the turn in even par but as the wind increased throughout the course of the day so did the difficulty of the course. He closed in 44.
Branden Grace, a three-time winner on the European Tour, had the worst round of the day with an 84 that included six bogeys, two bogeys and one triple bogey.
Six others also failed to break 80.