Brandt Snedeker is back in a familiar spot on the Masters Tournament leaderboard after one round.
Snedeker shot 2-under-par 70 Thursday and is tied for fifth.
The 33-year-old, who was in the Sunday pairing last year before finishing tied for sixth, said his putting made a difference on the first day.
Snedeker tied for second-best putting average in the round at 1.44 putts per hole.
“Today, I was able to be aggressive with some putts that you can be aggressive on around here,” he said. “I was able to hit some putts firm, and I know I was risking a 3-putt, but I was able to do that. I made some key putts.”
Snedeker said the course is as fast and firm as he’s seen for a Thursday. The wind also proved challenging, especially when it swirled at No. 12.
“The wind changed 15 times today,” he said. “I watched Jamie (Donaldson) hit before me. He hit a pretty 8-iron into 12, and I hit one almost into Augusta Country Club, 30 yards over the green.
“It’s just playing tough. This golf course is right on the edge, it’s in perfect shape, and they got it exactly how they want it.”