AUGUSTA, GA. – Patrick Reed is saving his red golf shirt for Sunday as usual.

But his score was in the red in Thursday’s first round of the Masters, a 2-under par 70 that is his first sub-par round in this event.

“I was pleased with the number,” said Reed, the former University High golf phenom. “But at the same time I felt like I left a lot of shots out there.”

Reed recovered time and again from wayward shots that led to bogeys, including one from the trees after his blocked his drive right of the fairway on the first hole then coming back with a birdie on the par-5 second.

He bogeyed 9 and 10 to fall to 1 over but recovered with birdies on the tough par-4 11th, and birdied the par-5 13th and 15th. Reed missed two birdie chances from inside 10 feet on 17 and 18 to even lower.

“I just need to go tighten up the driver and continue hopefully making some of those downhill sliders,” Reed said. “That’s key around here.

“If I continue doing that, hopefully come Sunday I’ll have a chance.”

Reed shot 73-79 to miss the cut last year in his first Masters. The former Augusta State star – he led the school to a pair of NCAA team titles – also played Augusta National Golf Club several times in college.

Meanwhile, defending and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson shot a 1 under 71 with Lafayette native Ted Scott caddying for him. It was an up and down round for them, finishing with a bogey on the 18th.

Reed tees off Friday’s second round at 11:20 a.m. CDT, while Watson tees off at 11:42 a.m.