At Augusta, Georgia the Masters got underway on Thursday. The surprise story was 23-year old Justin Rose of Great Britain, who took the first day lead by shooting a five-under par 67. His surprise start got less attention than it normally would when it was learned that caddy Bruce Edwards died Thursday morning after battling Lou Gherig’s disease at the age of 49. With the exception of a brief stint with Greg Norman, Edwards spent his career as Tom Watson’s caddy. Watson, who is a Kansas City native, learned of the news before teeing off and shot a 76. Edwards was diagnosed with the disease in January of 2003, but stayed on as Watson’s caddy until the disease made it impossible for him to do so. He carried Watson’s bag at last year’s U.S. Open, when he took a share of the first round lead. Watson and Edwards met in 1973 at the St. Louis Open….. Former Jefferson City Helias golfer and football player John Daly had a tough day in round one, shooting a six-over par 78.
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