Jack Nicklaus criticises Augusta after low-scoring day one at The Masters

The 18-time major winner was upset that the greens were not responsive following heavy rain

Jack Nicklaus was unhappy with the set-up on day one
Jack Nicklaus was unhappy with the set-up on day one

Jack Nicklaus has criticised Augusta National and its greens for lacking “fire” after a low-scoring day one at The Masters.

Heavy rain hit the Georgia property minutes after the 2020 tournament begun, forcing play to be suspended and leaving streams of water all over the course.

After play resumed, Paul Casey raced into a day one lead at seven-under, though many players still have large portions of their first rounds to conclude.

But the 18-time major winner was upset at how the players were able to attack the course, leaving 50 players under par.

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Nicklaus said: “In today's first round of The Masters, what little bit of golf I saw after the rain was like throwing darts.

“There was no wind to speak of, the greens had no fire in them, and everywhere the ball hit just stopped. That is hardly Augusta National at its finest or most challenging.

“That’s why you saw so many good scores.”

Nicklaus believes any players who did not shoot a score under par or at least position themselves to do so before close of play has left themselves with an uphill task to slip on that Green Jacket.

He added: “If you didn’t shoot a good score today in those conditions, you put yourself behind the 8-ball.”

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