Apr 7, 2023 - Sports

The Masters: Round 1 is in the books

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Patrons watch Tiger Woods tee off on No. 8. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Augusta National played relatively easy on Thursday, with calm winds and humid conditions leading to low scores.

Leaderboard: Viktor Hovland, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka sit atop the leaderboard at 7-under. That's tied for the most scores of 65 or lower in a single round in Masters history.

  • Hovland shot a bogey-free round in an azalea-themed floral shirt that had social media buzzing. "I just wear what they tell me to wear," he said.
  • Rahm started his day with a four-putt double bogey on No. 1. Then he rallied in spectacular fashion, shooting 9-under over his next 17 holes.
  • Koepka had eight birdies en route to his best round ever at Augusta. After years of injuries and pain, the four-time major champion is finally healthy again.

On their heels: Cameron Young and Jason Day are both 5-under, and seven golfers are tied at 4-under, including defending champ Scottie Scheffler and amateur Sam Bennett (more on him below).


  • Tiger watch: A hobbled Tiger Woods drove the ball reasonably well (10 of 14 fairways) but struggled with his irons and his putter to finish 2-over par.
  • Mic'd up: Rory McIlroy and Max Homa were mic'd up and interviewed live in the middle of their rounds.
  • Following Phil: What was it like following Phil Mickelson? "I heard plenty of cheers but also endless debates about LIV," writes No Laying Up's Kevin Van Valkenburg. Lefty sits at 1-under.
  • Flying solo: After his playing partner Kevin Na withdrew due to illness at the turn, Mike Weir played the back nine by himself. Sounds pretty sweet, honestly.

Looking ahead: Conditions are expected to be drastically different for Round 2, with rain throughout the day and thunderstorms that could upend afternoon play.

  • Saturday looks worse, with up to 2 inches of rain and wind gusts of 25 miles per hour expected.
  • "Most of the guys are going low today," said Woods following his Thursday round. "This was the day to do it."

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Go deeper: Listen to the Axios Today podcast, where Margaret Talev and Jeff Tracy discuss the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia that wrapped up Sunday evening.

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