Thursday's Birdies and Bogeys\nWho were the winners and losers on Thursday at Augusta National? It's time to take a closer look with another edition of birdies and bogeys.\nBogey: Jason Dufner\n\nThe reigning PGA champion wasn't really expected to win the Masters; the strengths and weaknesses of his game don't really jibe with what's needed at Augusta National. That said, he wasn't exactly expected to shoot 80, either. After nine straight pars on the front nine, Dufner went double bogey, bogey, par, quadruple bogey en route to a back nine 44. No Duf Slam this year.\n\n-- *Luke Kerr-Dineen\n\n*\n\n Follow: @LukeKerrDineen\nBirdie: Bill Haas\n\nAn opening 68 gave the five-time PGA Tour winner his first-ever lead at a major championship. The good news for Haas? Winning the Masters runs in the family. His dad Jay never quite pulled it off (A T-3 in 1995 was his closest call), but great uncle Bob Goalby did in 1968 (Yes, a scorecard gaffe from Roberto De Vicenzo helped). The bad news for Haas? In the past 25 years, only one first-round leader (Trevor Immelman in 2008) has gone on to take home a green jacket that week.\n\n-- *Alex Myers\n\n*\n\n Follow: @AlexMyers3\nBirdie: Bubba Watson\n\nOn a day when the morning groups had a distinct advantage, Bubba Watson vaulted up the leader board anyway. He was one of only three players to tee off in the afternoon and finish the day in the top 10 (Leishman and Oosthuizen were the others), and two of his three birdies came on the par 5s. That's exactly the kind of form that brought him his first green jacket in 2012, and if he continues this way, it'll be him, not Scott, walking away with his second on Sunday. -- L.K.D.\nBirdie: Adam Scott\n\nShould you feel bad for Scott because he said he struggled to focus on Thursday? Not when the cause was the exceedingly warm reception he received at every turn as the defending Masters champion. And especially not when he still managed to piece together a three-under 69. Looking to become the first repeat Masters champ since Tiger Woods in 2002, Scott made one mental error, a ball into Rae's Creek on No. 12 that led to double bogey, but clawed his way back with a birdie on No. 14 to finish a shot behind Bill Haas.\n\n-- *Sam Weinman\n\n*\n\n Follow: @SamWeinman\nBogey: Phil Mickelson\n\nEh, this year is all about the U.S. Open for Phil anyway. The three-time Masters champ, who is looking to complete the career Grand Slam at Pinehurst this June, got off to a sloppy start at Augusta National. After a triple-bogey on the par-4 7th, Mickelson made two birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine -- only to give it all away and more when he dunked his second shot into the water on 15. Another triple led to a four-over 76, putting him at risk of missing the cut in the Masters for only the second time in his career. -- S.W.\nBogey: Dustin Johnson\n\nAn 80 and a subsequent WD in his final Masters tuneup in Houston last week seemed like just a minor blip in an otherwise sparkling season, but Johnson carried those bad vibes into Thursday. DJ didn't make his first two birdies until Nos. 12 and 13 and then went four over on the next four holes, including water-induced double bogey on No. 15. Add it all up and it was a disappointing 77 for a man many thought could claim his first major title this week. At this point, he'd do well just to make it to the weekend. -- A.M.\nBogey: Ben Crenshaw\n\nThe two-time champion shot an 83, his fourth straight round in the 80s at Augusta National dating back to 2012. There's something sad about watching the 62-year-old as he's making his 43rd Masters start. In his first 26 appearances he made the cut 23 times. In his last 16, he's made it just twice, the most recent in 2007.\n\n-- *Ryan Herrington\n\n*\n\n Follow: @GWcampusinsider\nBirdie: Jack Nicklaus\n\nThe Golden Bear must have heard Gary Player chirping about doing extra sit-ups this week in hopes of outdriving Nicklaus with his ceremonial tee shot on Thursday. After Player sent a pure drive into the center of the fairway early Thursday morning, Nicklaus stepped up and sent his ball just past his longtime friend and rival's. Jack may only be a ceremonial golfer these days, but he still welcomes a challenge when one arises. -- S.W.\nBogey: Craig Stadler\n\nSadly it wasn't a case of "Like Son, Like Father" for the 1982 Masters champion. With anything but a tidy 10-over 82 -- 12 strokes worse than Kevin thanks to five three-putts -- Craig insinuated this was likely the last Masters. "My whole game stinks," said the 60-year-old. "The putting just accentuates it." -- R.H.\nBirdie: Kevin Stadler\n\nIn his first time around as a player at Augusta National, the Smalrus was the Stadler who looked like the Masters veteran. With a tidy two-under 70, he finished two strokes back of leader Bill Haas despite saying that he struggled a bit off the tee. He had no three-putts, however, and after both of his two bogeys he bounced back with birdie on the next hole. "I'll take two under all day, every day the rest of my life [here]," he said. -- R.H.\nBogey: Miguel Angel Jimenez\n\n"The Mechanic will need a mechanic to keep from breaking down after one lap around Augusta," Tim Rosaforte said during our live chat on Thursday. At the time, Miguel Angel Jimenez was four under through nine holes and in the lead, only to play his next three holes three over to drop outside the top ten. Wine and cigars, it turns out, might not be the best recipe for endurance at the Masters. -- L.K.D.\nBirdie: Jonas Blixt\n\nWhat's rarer than a Masters rookie playing well at Augusta National? How about a Masters rookie with zero top 15s in his past 14 PGA Tour starts? But perhaps Blixt was just waiting to play in another major since that streak started after a solo fourth at last year's PGA Championship. The Swede briefly looked like he might Blixt the field at Augusta when he moved to four under, but two late bogeys gave him a 70. "Augusta, the thing is you never know what's going to happen tomorrow," Blixt said after his round. Seems like a quick learner. -- A.M.\nBirdie: Fred Couples\n\nThere are golfers who have played better at Augusta National, but arguably no one has been more consistent than Couples. The man who once made a record 23 consecutive cuts in this event now has a five-year streak of contending early in the week, which he kept alive with an opening 71 on Thursday. We just hope the 1992 champ can stay healthy for four rounds. As routine as Couples playing well at Augusta National in his 50s has become, his back acting up at some point seems just as inevitable. -- A.M.\nBirdie: Roger Goodell\n\nIt's good to be the head of the most powerful sports league in the world, especially when it pays you a reported $44 million a year. Even better is when you get tabbed for membership at Augusta National. That's what one could deduct by the sight of Goodell, the NFL commissioner, in a green jacket on Thursday. The club doesn't comment on such membership news, but seeing how we're pretty sure Goodell has never won a Masters, it's fair to say he's now getting a membership bill at the club. -- S.W.