By Matt Denhartigh
The Masters is finally upon us, as the first round of the historic golf tournament started up early Thursday morning with Tiger Woods headlining the event.
The day started with a short weather delay, halting the early morning wave of golfers. Causing a short push back of tee times for the afternoon wave. This however did not stop players from going low.
Woods was questionable to play coming into the tournament due to a life threatening car accident, but he managed to find his way to the first tee this morning.
Woods, who nearly lost a leg in the 2021 accident, should give his doctors and physical therapists a raise for even getting him back on his feet. As the old goat managed to fire a spectacular one-under par round of 71.
The under par score for Woods put him in great position after round one, slotting him in a tie for 10th place. Another round like that on Friday and we’ll be in for a great weekend of golf, as Woods looks to make a push for his sixth green jacket.
With Woods back in action, players like South Korean Sung-Jae Im may not have gotten as much love from the fans, but that didn’t stop him from firing a first round score of five-under par, 67, good enough for a first place position. The 2020 tournament runner up, is back and firing on all cylinders after his excellent first round showing.
Im’s fellow runner-up in 2020, Cam Smith, is hot on his heels as he is one back after firing a four-under round of 68. The two are well respected players on the PGA tour and are both looking to win their first major championship.
However, if there is one person these two should be scared of it’s Dustin Johnson, the 2020 Master’s champ. They’ve seen DJ’s past Masters performance up close and personal, and if they want to win, they’re gonna need to keep the big numbers off the scorecard and put a couple more under par rounds on the scoreboard.
Johnson sits just two back of the lead, at three-under.
For second round coverage of the 2022 Masters, go to Masters.com for early coverage of featured groups and select holes, and tune in to ESPN at 3 p.m. for the live tv broadcast.