Photo Gallery

The Tour Report
file
  • Donald's 79 includes two-stroke penalty on No. 9

  • Luke Donald was penalized two strokes after touching the sand in a bunker on the ninth hole. (David Cannon/Getty Images) Luke Donald was penalized two strokes after touching the sand in a bunker on the ninth hole. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

A bad day was made worse for Luke Donald after he was penalized two shots on Augusta National's ninth hole. Donald left his third shot in a greenside bunker, then touched the sand before attempting his next shot. He was penalized two shots for grounding his club in a bunker.

The two-stroke penalty resulted in a quadruple-bogey on No. 9. He also had double-bogeys at Nos. 1 and 6, and bogeys on Nos. 5 and 18. He had birdies on Nos. 2, 3 and 15. 

Donald has shot over par in the first round in seven of his 10 Masters starts, but Thursday's score was his highest in 33 rounds at Augusta National. He has missed the cut in just two of nine starts. He has three top-10s at Augusta National, including a career-best T3 in his debut in his debut in 2005.

Donald sent the following tweets after completing his round:

comments powered by Disqus