Northumberland golfer makes encouraging Masters start

Garrick Porteous.
Garrick Porteous.

Northumberland golfer Garrick Porteous finished with a four-over-par 76 in the first round of The Masters yesterday.

The Morpeth sportsman is making his debut in the tournament and ended the opening day level on shots with the likes of England’s Ian Poulter and the United States’ Phil Mickelson.

The British Amateur champion, 24, finished the first round ahead of players such as fellow countryman Luke Donald (seven-over) and Argentina’s Angel Cabrera (six-over).

Porteous’ opening round at the Augusta National Golf Club included two birdies - at the par-three hole four and the par-five hole 15. At the famous Amen Corner, he bogeyed the par-four 11th, but held his nerve to par holes 12 and 13.

It came after a shaky start for the Bamburgh Castle Golf Club member, which saw him bogey the first three holes. The biggest blip on his confidence-building opening-day taste of the competition was a double-bogey at the par-three sixth.

Porteous’ tee-off time for today’s second round is 1.18pm (BST), alongside Jose Maria Olazabal, of Spain, and America’s Lucas Glover.

Bill Haas, of the United States, finished the opening day one-shot ahead of the rest of the field with a four-under 68.