AUGUSTA, Ga. (April 11, 2013) -- Sergio Garcia has turned in a bogey-free round to claim a share of the Masters lead.
Garcia shot a 6-under 66 Thursday, leaving him tied with Marc Leishman and matching the Spaniard's best score ever at Augusta National.
This is a course that has never suited Garcia's game - especially his shaky putter. But he breezed around without a bogey on his card for the first time since 2002.
It's still a reach to think this might be the place where Garcia wins his first major championship. He's had only two top-10 finishes in 14 Masters appearances.
But the way he played in the opening round could mean a change in fortune.
Dustin Johnson is one stroke back at 67. Tiger Woods is just four shots off the lead after a 70.
Fourteen-year-old Guan Tianlang is the youngest golfer ever to compete at the Masters.
But he looked more like a veteran Thursday when he shot a 1-over 73 in his debut at Augusta National.
Guan made a 15-footer from off the green to birdie his final hole, getting a standing ovation from the crowd at No. 18. Leading the cheers was two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, one of Guan's playing partners.
If he plays this way Friday, the eighth-grader from China could set another record as the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters.
The Asia Pacific Amateur champion says he doesn't think he can win the Masters this year. But he thinks he can in the future, and his goal is to win all four majors in one year.