AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on The Masters (all occasions native):
Tiger Woods had some good moments, some unfortunate outcomes and a few blunders in his opening spherical of the Masters.
Given what he’s gone via over the past 17 months or so, he absolutely wasn’t going to complain.
Thursday’s opening spherical at Augusta National was Woods’ first aggressive spherical of golf towards the world’s finest gamers since he performed the ultimate spherical of the pandemic-delayed Masters on Nov. 15, 2020.
The last numbers Thursday: three birdies, two bogeys in a 1-under par spherical of 71.
Incidentally, the typical first-round rating of Woods’ 5 Masters wins: 70.8.
Cameron Smith ended Round 1 of the Masters the best way he began it.
With a double bogey.
Brilliant for a lot of Thursday’s opening spherical at Augusta National, Smith settled for a 4-under spherical of 68 after his drive on the par-4 ending gap headed towards timber on the fitting facet and began fairly a ending journey. He wound up three-putting for double, falling right into a tie at that time with Sungjae Im for the Masters lead.
From holes 2 via 17, it was nothing however birdies and pars for Smith — 8 birdies, 8 pars in that stretch. He made 4 birdies in 5 holes from Nos. 12 via 16, at one level opening up a three-shot lead.
Cameron Smith’s Masters began with a double bogey.
It received significantly better.
Smith was the primary participant within the area to achieve 4 beneath, getting there with a birdie on the par-4 14th. And he was simply getting began.
Birdies adopted on the par-5 fifteenth and par-3 sixteenth, the run of three in a row pushing him to six beneath for the opening spherical at Augusta National and at that time two photographs away from Sungjae Im.
Smith was 2 over after 4 holes, then performed his subsequent 12 in 8 beneath — jump-starting that surge with again to again birdies to shut his entrance facet.
Smith is enjoying the Masters for the sixth time. His finest end is a tie for second in 2020.
Tiger Woods received under par once more for the day on the Masters.
He left an eagle putt brief on the par-5 thirteenth gap and tapped in for birdie to get again to 1 beneath for the match.
That left him two photographs off the lead that, at that time, was shared by 5 gamers. Danny Willett, Daniel Berger, Cameron Smith, Sungjae Im and Joaquin Niemann had been all at 3 beneath. Niemann is in Woods’ group for the opening spherical.
Through 13, Woods had two birdies and one bogey for the remaining. The relaxation to that time was pars.
The solar is out at Augusta National. The wind can also be up.
Just as forecasters stated could be the case, morning clouds and a little bit of drizzle blew away from the Masters early within the opening spherical of the match on Thursday.
But with the solar additionally got here wind, maybe a few of the stiffest breezes but this week.
“We all understand how troublesome the golf course is when the wind blows right here,” two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal said. “And it’s true that the greens are soft and that will make things a little bit easier, but I think Augusta is playing tough.”
Joaquin Niemann is the primary participant to achieve 3 beneath at this 12 months’s Masters.
Niemann performed his second shot into the par-4 ninth gap nicely above the cup, then watched the ball spin again for an eagle and what was then a one-shot lead over 4 different gamers.
Niemann was enjoying Thursday with the most important group of onlooking patrons at Augusta National, since he simply occurs to be in the identical group with Tiger Woods.
A 12 months after a Japanese participant gained the Masters, one other is off to a quick begin on the Masters.
Takumi Kanaya made birdie on every of his first two holes on Thursday and located himself alone atop the leaderboard at Augusta National.
Kanaya is considered one of three Japanese gamers within the area, together with Keita Nakajima and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.
Tiger Woods has his first birdie of the 2022 Masters.
After 5 consecutive pars to start out his spherical, the five-time Masters champion caught his tee shot on the 180-yard par-3 sixth gap to faucet in vary of about 2 ft. Patrons across the inexperienced gave Woods a predictable spherical of applause and cheers after seeing the shot. He acknowledged them with a few waves and some pulls on the invoice of his cap.
The birdie put him at 1 beneath for the day and tied for second. Harry Higgs had the early lead at 2 beneath via 9 holes.
Woods had simply performed a superb second shot into the par-4 fifth gap, getting a bit unfortunate when a ball that coming to a cease a number of ft from the cup simply barely caught the sting of a slope and rolled about 15 ft away.
He practically made birdie there anyway, his putt lipping out.
Paul Casey has withdrawn from the Masters.
Casey had been coping with again spasms this week and informed Augusta National on Thursday morning that he could be unable to play.
He was to have performed within the 10:53 a.m. tee time with Bryson DeChambeau and Cameron Smith.
Casey has performed the Masters 15 occasions. His finest end was a tie for fourth in 2016.
Tiger Woods has teed off on the Masters.
His spherical started at 11:04 a.m., the official marking of his return to aggressive golf after about 18 months away, first due to again surgical procedure after which — and primarily — due to a automobile crash so extreme that it practically price him considered one of his legs.
He shook palms along with his enjoying companions, Louis Oosthuizen and Joaquin Niemann. He then took the driving force from his bag, eliminated the top cowl — a luxurious tiger, after all — and went via the ultimate phases of limbering up.
Patrons lined each side of the primary fairway and surrounded the tee field, making an attempt desperately to simply seize a glimpse of the second. Woods was first to play within the group, tugged on the invoice of his cap when he was launched to acknowledge the followers, then stepped to the ball.
He didn’t seem to love the result, grimacing a bit as he watched the ball fly towards a bunker alongside the fitting facet of the green.
But he was again. His Masters was underway.
Tiger Woods is warming up for his first spherical of the Masters.
Dressed in a pink shirt and black pants, the five-time Masters champion goes via his routine of placing, chipping and swinging to prepare for his first aggressive spherical of professional golf since Nov. 15, 2020 — additionally at Augusta National. That was the ultimate spherical of the Masters, delayed that 12 months due to the pandemic.
Woods received some handshakes and even a hug as he was making his means from one apply space to a different.
He tees off at 11:04 a.m.
In the very early going on the Masters, there was a three-way tie for the lead. Padraig Harrington, Guido Migliozzi and Min Woo Lee had been all 1 beneath, all nonetheless enjoying the entrance facet of Augusta National.
As Tiger Woods’ tee time on the Masters looms, Jose Maria Olazabal has made the primary birdie of this 12 months’s match.
Olazabal is a two-time Masters champion and is enjoying the match for the thirty third time. His method on the par-4 opening gap settled alongside the fitting facet of the inexperienced and he rolled within the putt.
Olazabal was enjoying within the first group of the day, going off at 8:30 a.m.
Woods begins his spherical at 11:04 a.m.
Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and newcomer Tom Watson have performed their ceremonial tee photographs and opened this 12 months’s Masters.
And they introduced a little bit of humor to the proceedings.
Player, the three-time Masters champion who has lengthy been an advocate of bodily health, was first to play. And Watson, a part of the ceremony for the primary time, could not resist having somewhat enjoyable with Player as he headed to the tee.
“Is he going to do a push-up?” Watson asked.
Player responded: “I did while you were asleep this morning.”
Nicklaus, the six-time champion, was subsequent to play, quipping that he could be shocked if he may put the tee within the floor with out falling over. “Yes! It was profitable,” he said, drawing more laughter.
And then the stage was set for Watson, who won the first of his two green jackets 45 years ago. He tipped his cap when his introduction from Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley was complete, then asked if he could say a few words.
“I would like to say how honored I am to be with Gary and Jack,” Watson stated. “I’ve watched this ceremony many occasions up to now … and to be part of this factor, I’m actually humbled.”
Watson is now the 11th person to have served as an honorary starter at the Masters. After he swung away, he joined Nicklaus and Player for an embrace.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the 86th Masters Tournament is officially underway,” Ridley stated. “Enjoy the match.”
The start of the Masters has been delayed a bit because of overnight rain.
Everything was pushed back 30 minutes because of the storms, which followed daytime deluges on Tuesday and Wednesday as well.
Tiger Woods is scheduled to tee off at 11:04 a.m. Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama will be on the first tee at 11:15 a.m.
Forecasters say there isn’t a great chance of more rain on Thursday at Augusta National, though strong wind is expected to greet the afternoon wave of players. Cooling is expected over the rest of the week, with low temperatures Saturday night falling into the upper 30s — unseasonably chilly for Augusta this time of year.
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