Entire Masters field labours through windy opening round at Augusta — except...

Entire Masters field labours through windy opening round at Augusta — except for surprising Charley Hoffman

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AUGUSTA, Ga — Augusta National Golf Club is so far doing a decent impression of Royal Troon. But it was an American who overwhelmed the Open Championship conditions on Thursday.

Strong, steady winds with gusts up to 60 kilometres on Thursday gave the first round of the Masters a decidedly Scottish feel, with players forced to repeatedly back off on shots, reconsider their club selection in the wind, then take a guess and hope for the best.

“Welcome to Augusta,” said Canada’s Adam Hadwin after his first competitive round in the Masters, where he steered it around for a 3-over 75, still within striking distance of just about everyone except leader Charley Hoffman, who closed with a…



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