As Beth Ann Nichols lays out at Golfweek.com, Charley Hoffman's seemingly effortless 65 on an all-effort day was just a matter of continuing his comfort level with Augusta National.
But I make the case for Golfweek.com that the real winners were people we don't know: the weather forecasters, course setup committee and maintenance team that presented the course in a way that could not spill over the top and into absurdity.
Adam Scott says things reached a "borderline" point, writes Ryan Lavner for GolfChannel.com.
While I noted how many people saw all of this coming and adjusted, Rex Hoggard writes at GolfChannel.com how everything else went very much not to script.
Chip Patterson and Kyle Porter at CBSSports.com with a nice breakdown of all the players and important infographics.
Speaking of players, the odds now have Rory McIlroy as the favorite.
GolfChannel.com has some fascinating numbers on the key players.
Jordan Spieth's back nine implosion is covered by Jeff Babineau, who took in all of Spieth's round.
Brentley Romine looks at the very solid start by U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion Stewart Hagestad. I walked most of his back nine while paired with Larry Mize 74) and both held it together well in tough conditions. Hagestad has a chance to be the first Mid-Am winner to make the Masters cut.
Gerry Ahern at Golfweek.com with the Best Shot, Best Hole and Best Quote of the day.
G.C. Digital with a good wrap up of the best quotes from the day.