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The Masters: Tiger Woods 4 off early tempo as Sungjae Im leads Cameron Smith at Augusta Nationwide | Golf Information

Im carded a five-under 67 to carry one-shot benefit over Smith; Dustin Johnson two behind and Woods 4 again in first official occasion since November 2020 – Watch The Masters all through the week completely dwell on Sky Sports activities Golf, with bonus feeds by way of the purple button

Final Up to date: 08/04/22 1:49am


All the highlights and drama from day one of the 2022 Masters at Augusta

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All of the highlights and drama from day one of many 2022 Masters at Augusta

All of the highlights and drama from day one of many 2022 Masters at Augusta

Sungjae Im holds a slender lead over Cameron Smith after the opening spherical of The Masters, as Tiger Woods impressed on his return to aggressive motion.

Im birdied his opening three holes and added one other on the par-four seventh, earlier than bouncing again from beginning his again 9 with successive bogeys to eagle the par-five thirteenth and choose up one other shot on the par-five fifteenth to set the tempo at Augusta Nationwide.

The Korean’s five-under 67 moved him one forward of Smith, making his first begin since profitable The Gamers, who held the preliminary clubhouse goal regardless of beginning and ending his opening-round 68 with double-bogeys.

The best shots from an eventful first day of the 2022 Masters at Augusta.

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The most effective pictures from an eventful first day of the 2022 Masters at Augusta.

The most effective pictures from an eventful first day of the 2022 Masters at Augusta.

Smith carded 4 birdies in a five-hole stretch from the fifth and produced an identical run from the twelfth, briefly taking him two clear, earlier than the late error dropped the Australian – one in all six gamers who can finish the week as world No 1 – into second spot.

“Simply stayed affected person,” Smith mentioned. “I really like this place. I do know it presents loads of birdies. I simply actually needed to get in a groove. I hit an amazing drive down the second and went into the bunker, which once more was fairly irritating.

“After most likely the fourth or fifth gap there, began getting on a little bit of a trot and began seeing these good iron pictures go fairly shut.”

Cameron Smith admits that Augusta will 'bite you in the bum' if you aren't careful after the Players Champion bookended his opening round with double bogeys

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Cameron Smith admits that Augusta will ‘chew you within the bum’ when you aren’t cautious after the Gamers Champion bookended his opening spherical with double bogeys

Cameron Smith admits that Augusta will ‘chew you within the bum’ when you aren’t cautious after the Gamers Champion bookended his opening spherical with double bogeys

World No 1 Scottie Scheffler held a share of the lead alongside Smith till cancelling out his penultimate-hole birdie with a final-hole bogey, with 2016 champion Danny Willett additionally on three underneath after carding the bottom opening spherical of his Masters profession.

Joaquin Niemann posted a hole-out eagle from the ninth fairway to additionally get inside two of the lead, whereas 2020 champion Dustin Johnson completes the quartet on three underneath after mixing 4 birdies with a lone bogey throughout his opening spherical.

Joaquin Niemann holes out at the ninth to take the lead at The Masters

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Joaquin Niemann holes out on the ninth to take the lead at The Masters

Joaquin Niemann holes out on the ninth to take the lead at The Masters

Tiger takes centre stage

Two birdies in his final 4 holes noticed Patrick Cantlay signal for an opening-round 70, as Woods marked his first official look since November 2020 by holing a 30-foot birdie on the sixteenth on his method to a one-under 71.

Tiger Woods says there is still a long way to go after carding an opening round of one-under-par in his first competitive start in over 500 days

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Tiger Woods says there’s nonetheless an extended method to go after carding a gap spherical of one-under-par in his first aggressive begin in over 500 days

Tiger Woods says there’s nonetheless an extended method to go after carding a gap spherical of one-under-par in his first aggressive begin in over 500 days

Woods admitted he had been “saving” his physique throughout his restricted pre-tournament follow following the extreme accidents suffered in his automobile accident final 12 months, including: “I got here up right here as a check run and was capable of play 27 holes and I felt good.

“The entire thought was to maintain pushing however hold recovering. That is the arduous half each evening. I have been doing that, my workforce has been unbelievable. I figured as soon as the adrenalin kicks in and I get fired up I ought to have the ability to deal with my enterprise.”

Tiger Woods rolled back the years and delighted the Augusta patrons with a one-under-par round of 71

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Tiger Woods rolled again the years and delighted the Augusta patrons with a one-under-par spherical of 71

Tiger Woods rolled again the years and delighted the Augusta patrons with a one-under-par spherical of 71

Blended fortunes for star names

Reigning champion Hideki Matsuyama started his title defence with a level-par 72 and Rory McIlroy stuttered to a one-over 73 after bogeying two of his last 5 holes, with Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth are six and 7 strokes behind respectively.

World No 2 Jon Rahm can also be within the group on two over that comprises Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele, with former main winners Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas each struggling to opening-round 76s.

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