2019 Masters Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Strong on Day 1

The 83rd edition of the Masters began on Thursday morning. After the traditional start by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, the field begin action at Augusta National. It was perfect weather conditions for the golfers after many of their practice preparations were cut short on Tuesday.

Due to the rain earlier in the week, the greens are running a bit slower than normal. As a result, the scores weren’t historically low and many players found brilliant ways to find the green in regulation. On the other hand, some of the hole locations played like fans expect to see on Saturday or Sunday and not necessarily in the opening round.

Tiger Woods’ hitting was on point throughout the Masters first round and he didn’t struggle much throughout the round. With a 2-under 70, Woods is in contention as the second round takes place on Friday. He’ll be able to get plenty of practice reps in as he’s among one of the last groups to tee off. Due to some unfortunate two-putts, Woods could have been closer to the leaders Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, who shot a 6-under 66 for the day. However, being 2-under after a round at Augusta is respectable.

The young players found success on Thursday as well. Justin Harding shot a 3-under 69 in his first Masters appearance, while Corey Conners came out early and finished strongly at 2-under.

Golf is a game of inches and two players almost hit a hole-in-one in quick succession.

Bryson DeChambeau had a brilliant chip at 17 to move within one stroke of the leader and almost earned eagle from 200 yards out but the ball hit the pin and didn’t go in. However, he’ll be pleased as he’s tied for the lead heading into round 2.

Phil Mickelson finished with a 5-under 67 and sits in third by his own. If he wins this tournament, which is totally possible, he’d be the oldest to win a major. Lefty played some incredible golf on Thursday.

The Masters is always special to watch and Thursday’s action didn’t disappoint. Despite being rooted in tradition, the Masters found ways to be innovative with some opening round hole locations and some of the things fans can witness from the tournament’s website and mobile app.

Below is the leaderboard through the top-21 and ties. A full leaderboard can be found at Masters.com.

T1 Bryson DeChambeau -6 F -6 66 66
T1 Brooks Koepka -6 F -6 66 66
3 Phil Mickelson -5 F -5 67 67
T4 Ian Poulter -4 F -4 68 68
T4 Dustin Johnson -4 F -4 68 68
T6 Justin Harding -3 F -3 69 69
T6 Adam Scott -3 F -3 69 69
T6 Jon Rahm -3 F -3 69 69
T6 Kevin Kisner -3 F -3 69 69
T6 Kiradech Aphibarnrat -3 F -3 69 69
T11 Corey Conners -2 F -2 70 70
T11 J.B. Holmes -2 F -2 70 70
T11 Lucas Bjerregaard -2 F -2 70 70
T11 Gary Woodland -2 F -2 70 70
T11 Tiger Woods -2 F -2 70 70
T11 Cameron Smith -2 F -2 70 70
T11 Rickie Fowler -2 F -2 70 70
T11 Patton Kizzire -2 F -2 70 70
T11 Francesco Molinari -2 F -2 70 70
T11 Jason Day -2 F -2 70 70
T21 Tony Finau -1 F -1 71 71
T21 Louis Oosthuizen -1 F -1 71 71
T21 Charley Hoffman -1 F -1 71 71
T21 Tommy Fleetwood -1 F -1 71 71
T21 Kevin Na -1 F -1 71 71
T21 Thorbjorn Olesen -1 F -1 71 71
T21 Bernhard Langer -1 F -1 71 71
T21 Matt Kuchar -1 F -1 71 71

What do you think of the first round Masters action? Let us know in the comments below.

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