Pro golf: Denton’s Kraft opens with 74

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Denton’s Kelly Kraft rode the Augusta National roller coaster during the first round of the Masters on Thursday and found himself seven strokes off the lead heading into today’s second round.

Kraft, playing in a threesome with Keegan Bradley and defending Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, finished the opening round with a 2-over-par 74.

England’s Lee Westwood held the first-day lead with a 5-under 67.

The Ryan graduate started the day with a double bogie on the par-4 first hole and was 3 over after nine holes. He bogied the 10th to fall to 4 over par. On the par-3 12th, Kraft hit his tee shot to within three feet and birdied the hole.

That started him on a streak of four straight birdies to get him to even par. Kraft parred the 16th but bogied 17 and just missed a par putt on 18.

Bradley shot a 1-under 71 while Schwartzel shot a 72.

After drawing a 12:31 p.m. tee time, Kraft, Bradley, Schwartzel will be one of the last groups to get going today.

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