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The first chapter of the 87th Masters is in the books. As 88 golfers started their day with the dream of wearing the Green Jacket come Sunday evening, Viktor Hovland, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka sit tied atop the leaderboard after posting 7-under par rounds of 65.
Veteran Jason Day and youngster Cameron Young (both T4) trail the leaders by two strokes (-5), followed by a pack of seven players, including defending champion Scottie Scheffler sit at 4-under.
Five-time champion Tiger Woods teed off in the morning and struggled with a 2-over par 74.
The Masters odds after day one shifted from pre-tournament favorite and defending champion Scottie Scheffler to World No. 3 Jon Rahm (7/2).
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Masters golf leaderboard
- 1 Masters golf leaderboard
- 2 Key Moments of the Day
- 3 Masters odds after day 1
|Sam Bennett (Amateur)
Key Moments of the Day
The following section will detail the highlights and memorable moments of round one.
Hovland, Rahm and Koepka the lead (-7)
Each one has a very different story coming into the tournament and is at a different stage in their career.
Hovland was the first to enter the clubhouse in first place. The 25-year-old started his day hot on the par-5 second hole with a 25-foot eagle and went on to make five birdies in a bogey-free round.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 6, 2023
The Norwegian’s 65 was his lowest ever-round at Augusta National. He’ll continue his quest to win his first major tomorrow at 12:54 p.m. (ET) alongside Woods and Xander Schauffele.
Rahm opened his Masters with a double-bogey on the first hole but proceeded to knock in seven birdies and an eagle to tie the lead. The Spaniard has struggled in recent weeks but put the “slump” notions to bed with his impressive day.
Koepka has dealt with injuries the last few years and missed the previous two cuts at the Masters. The 4-time major winner said after his round that featured eight birdies, nine pars and a bogey that he feels healthy and “doesn’t count the last two years.”
Amateur Sam Bennett’s Round for the Ages
Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett is the low amateur thus far after firing home a 4-under round of 68. The 23-year-old birdied the first hole and then chipped in from 23 yards on the par-5 second for an eagle.
The Madisonville, Texas native hit an impressive 72% of greens in regulation (13-of-18) and trails by just three strokes.
He is the first amateur to shoot a bogey-free round at the Masters in the previous 30 years. Bennett qualified for the Masters by winning the 2022 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Tiger Woods finishes over par
The 15-time major champion made his second PGA Tour appearance of the campaign and carded a 2-over 74. Woods recorded five bogeys compared to just three birdies and is in search of his 23rd-straight cut at the event.
The 47-year-old sits in a T54 and said after his day that he was in pain throughout the entirety of his round. If the legend wants to make tomorrow’s cut, he’ll likely have to score at least 1-under par or better.
Will Zalatoris and Kevin Na withdraw
World No. 8 Will Zalatoris was forced to withdraw before his 1:24 p.m. tee time due to an undisclosed injury. The Wake Forest product finished his last two Masters in a T6 (2022) and solo second (2021).
LIV golfer Kevin Na shot a front-nine score of 4-over par (40) and withdrew before heading to the tenth hole. The field is now at 86, heading into day two.
McIlroy’s Grand Slam hopes
The World No. 2 finished at even par (72) and is a Masters victory short of the career Grand Slam.
McIlroy hasn’t won a major since 2014 and is notorious for beginning slowly during the first rounds at majors. The Northern Irishman sits seven strokes behind the leaders.
Scheffler’s in contention again
The Texan’s round of 68 puts him just three back as he hopes to become the fourth golfer ever to win back-to-back Masters titles.
Scheffler continued his impressive play from last year at Augusta immediately by sticking his 199-yard second shot on the par-5 No. 2 to five feet. He calmly sank the short eagle.
The top-ranked player in the world found himself five-back after bogeying the 11th but went on to birdie the 13th and 15th to come within touching distance of first place.
Scheffler missed many birdie putts to the left and could’ve easily tied or beaten the lead at 7-under.
Masters odds after day 1
- Jon Rahm: 3/1
- Scottie Scheffler: 5/1
- Brooks Koepka: 7/1
- Viktor Hovland: 10/1
- Jason Day: 12/1
- Cameron Young: 16/1
- Jordan Spieth: 20/1
- Rory McIlroy: 20/1
- Xander Schauffele: 20/1
- Collin Morikawa: 25/1
- Tony Finau: 25/1
- Sam Burns: 28/1
- Sam Bennett: 200/1
- Tiger Woods: 500/1
- Phil Mickelson: 400/1
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