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Casey leads after best major start with Tiger in the hunt

Britain’s Paul Casey seized the early clubhouse lead in Thursday’s opening round of the 84th Masters.

AUGUSTA: Paul Casey seized the first-round clubhouse lead of the Masters on Thursday at rain-softened Augusta National while defending champion Tiger Woods showed the form to threaten for a 16th major title.

Casey, a 43-year-old Englishman chasing his first major title, fired a bogey-free seven-under par 65 — matching his career-low from 218 major rounds.

“I’ve put a lot of work in to play this golf course and it has paid off,” Casey said.

“You can stick the ball on the green and make the putt. I did a good job of leaving the ball on the right side of the hole and making the putt.”

Woods took full advantage of attackable conditions after three-quarters of an inch of rain and a storm delay of nearly three…

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