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Nightmare quadruple-bogey costs Spieth in unpredictable start at the Masters

Very few players are set to break par on Thursday.

Updated at 23.23

Masters Golf Spieth: dodged Rae's Creek but took a quadruple on the 15th. Source: Charlie Riedel

JORDAN SPIETH TUMBLED down the Masters leaderboard on day one after taking a nightmare nine on the 15th hole.

Dustin Johnson’s freak back injury, and subsequent withdrawal, saw 2015 champion Spieth start the day as favourite to win a second green jacket.

But after a menacing start in the tricky Augusta National conditions, the world number six struggled with a bogey and quadruple bogey at 14 and 15 — dropping five shots in two costly holes.

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He bounced back with a birdie on the 16th and finished with a three-over-par 75, still only four shots adrift of the early clubhouse leaders.

Thursday’s strong winds and cool temperatures meant that low scores were at a premium with only five of the early starters managing to break par.

Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, Russell Henley, Kevin Chappell and English duo Matthew Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan all carded impressive opening rounds of one-under par 71.

Shane Lowry had four birdies but three bogeys on his front nine to hit the turn on a promising one-under, but a subsequent setback took him to even par, while Rory McIlroy is currently on one-over after a mixed start to proceedings.

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