10 things to know for the Masters

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8. SUB-AIR SYSTEMS

Thunderstorms were expected to roll through Augusta overnight, which usually means a soft golf course. The Masters has a mind of its own. There are sub-air systems beneath the greens that suck out the moisture. In other words, officials can make the greens as fast as they want.

9. NO ROARS FOR RORY

Rory McIlroy made five birdies. That’s the good news. He also made five bogeys for a 72, and the two-time major champion has to step it up a notch if he wants to get into contention going into the weekend for the third straight year at the Masters.

10. AMATEUR HOUR

The Masters invites six amateurs to the first major of the year, and one of them had a day to forget. British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar didn’t make a par until the ninth hole. He didn’t make a birdie until the 15th hole. By then, he had an 83 and was bringing up the rear.

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