But the harder question is: 2-under 70? His has been a silent spring with just one top-10 finish this season - T-8 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions during the Hawaiian swing. He has missed the cut in half of his last six events.
Having qualified for last year's Masters with his first two PGA Tour wins - the Sony Open also in Hawaii and the OHL Classic in Mexico - he went 76-76 and quickly headed down I-20. Then this? In his second Augusta National visit?
“It’s tough out there and my nerves is the big thing,” he said. “I’m excited to be here. Just trying to calm myself down. It seems like the first day is the hardest day always. So I'm pleased with 2-under.”
He may have been short-changed. After the eagle at No. 2, he birdied the par-5 eighth with a dandy chip that led to a tap-in 4. He bogeyed the par-3 12th but responded with a birdie at the par-5 13th, flying the green in two, chipping poorly off a tight lie and then dropping a 20-footer.
“That was huge,” he said.
If there was one he wanted back, it was the approach at the 18th, where he arrived in a six-way tie for first.
“Very disappointing. I was really between clubs and the wind is kind of tough to judge today,” he said. “I was very indecisive so I hit a bad 9-iron. Thought I hit a pretty good wedge shot but it bounced right and I left myself a tough putt for par and it didn't go in.”
A second bogey to go with his eagle, two birdies and 13 pars.
“But I did a lot of good stuff out there, so I can't complain.”
His next act? Urinalysis.
“Well, I got to take a drug test,” he said after posting his score. “Then I go get rubbed (massage therapy) and go get something to eat and go to sleep.”"
Unlikely man has his plan.