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Day One of the Masters saw Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland and Brooks Koepka share the lead on seven under, but it was a tough opening round for Rory McIlroy who carded par after an up and down time on the course.
Only Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, and Tiger Woods have won the Masters in consecutive years but last year’s champion Scottie Scheffler can become the fourth golfer to pull on the famous green jacket two years in a row if he triumphs this week.
Woods is also back but has admitted he does not know how many more times he will be able to play at the Masters. The 16-time major champion surprisingly made the cut at last year’s tournament following a serious car accident but has only played the odd competition since. He finished two over for the first round and needs an improvement if he’s to prolong his stay across the weekend.
The first major of the golfing year will also be defined by the return of 18 LIV Golf defectors who have been granted permission to compete in all four majors this season. With relations between LIV golfers and critics of the Saudi-funded breakaway series sour at best, four days of heated competition at Augusta National are likely.
Follow live updates from the opening day’s play of the Masters below:
The Masters: Missed chance for Koepka
Oh wow – Koepka could have had his left arm halfway in the sleeve of a green jacket by now. After missing a birdie by an inch an the ninth, Koepka then sees another birdie chance roll by at the 10th. This putt was much shorter, but the lead remains just three shots for now.
Jamie Braidwood7 April 2023 15:58
The Masters: Morikawa making moves
Here we go… Collin Morikawa jumps to -5 with his second birdie in the opening five holes, rolling in a lovely birdie putt at the fifth.
Meanwhile Scheffler chugs his way to a par at the third, but that was hard work. The defending champion isn’t quite looking at home.
Jamie Braidwood7 April 2023 15:53
The Masters: Bogey from McIlroy
And there it is. Not the start McIlroy wanted to make and he drops to +1 after a brutal six at the par-5 second. He just did not hit a single shot right over that hole, from the drive into the bunker, to the pitch over the green, to the chip back up the hill.
The fightback just got that bit harder.
Jamie Braidwood7 April 2023 15:50
The Masters: McIlroy in trouble
Oh McIlroy is making hard work of this par-5 second. After chipping out from the bunker, his third shot into the green from the fairway is pitched to the back corner of the green. But the ball springs away and tumbles down the bank, giving McIlroy a tough up and down to even make par.
Jamie Braidwood7 April 2023 15:46
Watch Brooks Koepka sink eagle at the Masters
Here’s the footage of a couple of holes earlier as Brooks Koepka crushes it with a monster approach and a perfect putt on the eighth. He’s giving Jon Rahm plenty to do when he tees off about two and a half hours from now. Hovland gets going 20 minutes before that.
Karl Matchett7 April 2023 15:44
The Masters: Koepka out in 33
Koepka with a birdie chance at 9… and it rolls an inch to the left! Still, that’s a front nine of 33 from the American. Very impressive and timely too, given the weather we expect later on tonight, as Koepka heads to the turn.
Jamie Braidwood7 April 2023 15:42
The Masters: McIlroy begins chase
After an opening par, McIlroy sends his drive at the par-5 second into the bunker on the left edge of the fairway. Not a disaster, but he started the second round last year 10 strokes behind the leader in Scottie Scheffler, and he’s doing the same today given Koepka’s fine start.
Jamie Braidwood7 April 2023 15:37
The Masters: Tetchy morning for Woodland
The American hits a birdie on hole eight, his second of the day. He’s also had two bogeys in Round 2 and currently lies T7 on the leaderboard at -4. Elsewehere, Mickelson double-bogeys on his sixth hole before returning to par on the seventh.
Shubi Arun7 April 2023 15:30
Remaining groups and tee times for day two of the Masters
Here’s every player left to get underway today and their tee times for round two at Augusta:
3.36pm: Mike Weir, Kevin Na
3.48pm: Vijay Singh, Scott Stallings, Matthew McClean (A)
4.00pm: Sandy Lyle, Jason Kokrak, Talor Gooch
4.12pm: Fred Couples, Russell Henley, Alex Noren
4.24pm: Adrian Meronk, Kevin Kisner, Louis Oosthuizen
4.42pm: Larry Mize, Min Woo Lee, Harrison Crowe (A)
4.54pm: Sergio Garcia, Kazuki Higa, Keith Mitchell
5.06pm: Patrick Reed, Adam Svensson, Sahith Theegala
5.18pm: Shane Lowry, Mackenzie Hughes, Thomas Pieters
5:30pm: Bubba Watson, Seamus Power, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira
5.42pm: Abraham Ancer, Chris Kirk, Keegan Bradley
5.54pm: Tiger Woods, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele
6.06pm: Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Kurt Kitayama
6.18pm: Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Cameron Young
6:30pm: Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Smith, Sungjae Im
Karl Matchett7 April 2023 15:30
The Masters: Koepka eagles to go ten under
Wow, Koepa (-10) with an eagle on the eighth hole to increase his lead at the top! He’s followed by Australian Jason Day who has begun Round 2 with two birdies and two pars. A strong start for Day, who is making his first appearance at the Masters since 2021.
He goes T2 with Hovland and Rahm who are yet to start today.
Shubi Arun7 April 2023 15:26