World number one Martin Kaymer made a disastrous start to his Masters campaign last night.
The German shot a six-over 78 to reserve a likely place outside of the ropes for the weekend.
“For me it was very difficult. Every day that I played here was a tough day so far,” said Kaymer.
“My putting was okay, I think my short game was better than the last three, four, years, but I just didn’t hit the ball as good as the last two or three years ago.”
Ahead of today’s round, he added: “There’s not really a game plan. I think that I don’t really know how to play the golf course.
“I don’t know, I can think about another hour or hour and a half or two hours, and I just don’t really find a solution.”
Though he isn’t officially cut for the weekend, he is ready to begin thinking about 2012 here. And perhaps that will begin by sitting down with ’85 and ’93 winner Bernhard Langer.
Kaymer suggested: “I think that maybe I got to sit down with Bernhard Langer later and ask him, you know, he won here twice and I think that I can only get good advice from him.
“I need to try something different again. I don’t know what I have to do here. Maybe one day I will work out.”
Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar enjoyed a first-round 68.
In four career Masters starts, 32-year-old Kuchar has a best finish of a tie for 21st.
That occurred in his first Tournament as the reigning U.S. Amateur champion in 1998.
His score yesterday matched his previous career-low round, which came in the third round in 1998.
Kuchar went out in 33 with birdies at two, four, seven and eight and a bogey at nine.
He came on again late in the second nine with birdies on 14 and 15 to reach five-under par and pull within two strokes of leader Rory McIlroy.
A bogey on the par-four 16th hole dropped Kuchar back down into a second-place tie during mid-afternoon.by mark garrod