Review of the 1st round of the Masters Tournament

Review of the 1st round of the Masters Tournament

Review of the 1st round of the Masters Tournament

Yesterday, the Masters began, meaning it was a great day for any golf enthusiast. Here’s a brief summary of what happened at Augusta National.

Storms hampered players’ pre-tournament preparations, forcing the course to close early Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sungjae Im finished round 1 on top. The South Korean golfer started his round with three consecutive birdies and eagled the par-5 13th hole on his route to a 5-under 67 in the first round, giving him a one-shot lead.

The comeback of Tiger Woods was the day’s main story. Woods shot a 1-under 71 in his first official round since November 2020, exceeding expectations. Despite a “terrible” warm-up session, he produced three birdies – including a near-ace at No. 6 and a 30-footer on the 16th – and only two bogeys. Woods is currently T10.

Although Augusta National was soaked by rain in the days leading up to the Masters, the softer conditions did not result in lower scoring. On Thursday, the field averaged roughly 74 strokes per round. A tough, unpredictable wind, as well as the occasional mud ball, made it difficult for players to measure their approach shots.

Scheffler, making his first start as world No. 1, recorded four birdies and remained bogey-free until his final hole, which places him in T3 at the moment.

Three birdies and three bogeys were made by the reigning champion. Matsuyama, one of the TOUR’s premier iron players, only hit half of his greens on Thursday. The defending champion is in the 19s group.

The world No. 2’s streak of four straight top-10 finishes at Augusta National may be over after a 74 in the opening round. Jon Rahm’s stretch of par or better rounds at Augusta National came to an end at 15, just one short of Tiger Woods’ record.

DeChambeau finished at 3 over par, including a double-bogey at the 14th. Several times during his round, he was observed holding his left hand, which has a fractured hamate bone.

Patrick Cantlay, the defending FedExCup champion, finished with three birdies in his final six holes to shoot 70.

Thomas made six bogeys and two birdies in his debut Masters with “Bones” Mackay — who caddied in all three of Phil Mickelson’s Masters victories – on his bag. He hit ten of fourteen fairways but only six greens in regulation.

Cameron Smith, the world No.6 coming off a Players Championship victory, began and ended his day with double bogeys, each side of a remarkable mid-round birdie blitz. He scored four birdies in five holes to get to six under before an errant tee shot on the 18th cost him, and he finished with two more shots to card a four-under 68. He was the player with the most birdies (or better) in this round. Smith is attempting to become only the second golfer, after Tiger Woods in 2001, to win both the Players and the Masters in the same year.

In the end, only 18 players finished under par.

Masters: Scottie Scheffler is the winner

Scottie Scheffler won the 2022 Masters Tournament

Masters tournament

Scottie Scheffler, the world’s number one golfer, won the 86th Masters at Augusta, Georgia, his first major championship. He had led since the second round.

Scheffler, 25, who was not in the lead on the opening day of the competition, made 71 strokes (one under par) and finished with a total of 278 shots (10 under), completing all four rounds with results below the field’s par (72).

Scheffler is also the third player to win the Masters after obtaining his TOUR card through the Korn Ferry Tour.

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy finished in second place with 64 strokes (eight under) and a total of 281 (seven under), three strokes more than the winner, while Irishman Shane Lowry and Australian Cameron Smith tied for third with five more shots than Scheffler.

Tiger Woods, who has won 15 major championships in his career, returned to participation in this tournament 13 months after his terrible car accident, and returned to produce an unsatisfactory round, repeating the 78 strokes (six above) from the day before.

The 46-year-old American, who was attempting to win his sixth Augusta Masters title, finished 47th with a total of 301 shots (13 over), well behind the leaders.

Everything you need to know about the Masters

Masters - History

Masters tournament

Every year, the Masters is held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It is the only one of the four men’s major championships that is held on the same course each year.

Augusta National is a par 72 course that has been significantly lengthened in recent years. The course has been lengthened to 7,510 yards for 2022 due to renovations to the 11th and 15th holes.

The first Masters was held in 1934, and Horton Smith won by two strokes with a four-under-par score of 284. The Masters will be played for the 86th time this year.

There are no qualification tournaments or alternate berths in the field for the Masters. Players are only invited to the Masters if they meet one of the 19 criteria.

There’s an event called The Champions Dinner that is hosted on Tuesday night of Masters week, and the only way to attend is if you are a prior Masters champion. Ben Hogan founded it in 1952. Each new year, the previous year’s champion is supposed to set the supper menu.

To make the cut after 36 holes, players must finish in the top 50, including ties. Previously, those within 10 strokes of the lead also made the cut, but for the 2020 Masters, that regulation was modified.

Only three players have successfully defended their Masters titles: Jack Nicklaus (1965-1966), Nick Faldo (1989-1990), and Tiger Woods (2001-2002).

Every year, the lowest amateur to make the cut receives the Silver Cup, which was originally awarded in 1952. They also started awarding a silver medal to the second-lowest amateur in 1954. The Masters has never been won by an amateur.

The winner is presented with a sterling replica of the Masters trophy, a gold medal, and the club’s famous green jacket, which was first awarded in 1949.

If players are still tied after 72 holes, a sudden-death playoff begins at the 18th hole and proceeds to the 10th hole if required. If it goes to the third hole, it will return to the 18th. Tournaments that finished in a tie were decided by an 18-hole playoff prior to 1979.

Hideki Matsuyama won the 2021 Masters, his first major championship. He also became the tournament’s first Japanese player and the first Asian-born player to win. The winner of the Masters receives 100 world ranking points.

Tianlang Guan of China is the youngest player ever to compete in the Masters, having qualified by winning the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at the age of 14. He is also the youngest player to ever make a major championship cut.

There’s also a tournament for amateur women golfers. The Augusta National Women’s Amateur, which began in 2019, will be played again in 2022. This is the third edition of this event, with Tsubasa Kajitani winning in 2021 and Jennifer Kupcho winning in 2019 (the 2020 edition was canceled due to Covid).

The Augusta National tickets (typically called badges), depending on the day, can go from $500 to $1,500 on the secondary market.