The Masters' greens are so brutal one player had a putt miss the hole by 5 feet and then go in the water

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Tyler Lauletta
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Bernd Wiesberger
Bernd Wiesberger watches his putt fall into the water. ESPN
  • The greens at the Masters are wreaking havoc on the best golfers in the world.

  • Austrian golfer Bernd Wiesberger had a putt for eagle at No. 15, and it wound up in the water.

  • The course has looked far tougher to start the 2021 Masters than it did last November.

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The first round of the Masters humbled many of the best golfers in the world through on Thursday.

While it's still the same course that hosts the Masters every year, the firm, speedy greens at Augusta National proved extremely punishing through the first round of the tournament.

No player was punished more than Austrian Bernd Wiesberger. After two brilliant shots to reach the green in two at the par 5 No. 15, Wiesberger was left with a putt for eagle.

Wiesberger attempted a gentle stroke on the downhill putt, but quickly watched as the ball rolled away into oblivion. On any other day at Augusta National, Wiesberger's ball might have settled a few feet from the hole, but on Thursday, it rolled and rolled until it found the water.

Wiesberger was forced to putt again from the same spot after taking a penalty stroke, opting for a wider line and successfully stopping the ball before it slid away from him again. He would sink his next putt, settling for what would go down on the scorecard as a four-putt bogey, and go on to finish his round at two-over-par.

Wiesberger was far from the only player in the field to struggle with the conditions at Augusta National, with the vast majority of the field playing over par.

The demolition that the course has brought on the most talented golfers in the world shows just how quickly things can change at Augusta National. Back in November, 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson set a record after playing the course at 20-under par over four rounds.

Safe to say, it isn't likely that Johnson's record will be beat this year at Augusta National.

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