The first round of Masters 2022 began with insidious weather and a short delay, but on Thursday, as usual, still managed to deliver the goods. By the time the first day was over, a loaded table of leaders and a round filled with memorable moments filled August with National Energy and hope for what should be an incredible last three days of the tournament.
Lonely on the table of leaders through 18 holes stands Sonje Im, who fired from 5 to 67 on the afternoon wave, chasing the bar set by the first leaders Joaquin Neiman and Cameron Smith. I opened my round of 36 on the first nine – full of birds on the first three holes – before the second-nine 35 brought him to the clubhouse with one hit, which came in Friday.
There are many big names in the hunt. Cameron Smith is one step away from the lead, former champions Danny Willett and Dustin Johnson are on the hunt, and Neiman joins a group that includes Scotty Scheffler, Jason Cockrock, Corey Connors and Patrick Cantley, who make up the rest of the top 10. , Smith was an early benchmark for the field when he made a turn with an advantage of 3 less and briefly led the tournament with 4 smaller ones before being chased at the end of the day.
Tiger Woods, who is playing in his first PGA Tour competition 509 days after a traumatic injury in a car crash in early 2021, is the group’s headliner that is four shots away from the lead after a steady game with a score of 1 to 71 in the first round. One of more than half a dozen golfers between the ages of 1 and 71 entering Friday, Woods showed an impressive performance as he successfully made his way throughout the course and consistently made big punches to save a solid round.
However, not all the stars shone brightly, as a number of major sports names – from Bryson DeChambo to Justin Thomas and Luis Ostheisen – came out of the gate in the 1st round. This only increases the pressure at the entrance to the 2nd round with the exit. very looming big.
Below is a breakdown of the list of leaders as he enters the second round on Friday.
1. Sponge Im (-5): On Thursday I was the only player on the field to spend his first three holes, which gave him such a hot start that helped reinforce what was otherwise just normal. His round was filled with highs and lows that included five birds, two whips and one eagle to move him to 1st place in the leaderboard. He has yet to win a major in his career, but his best finish in the major competition came at the August National in 2020, when he finished T2.
2. Cameron Smith (-4): The Australian native spent a huge season and started where he left off on Thursday, in the first round of 68. Definitely, he had places to open and end his day – he doubles 1 and 1. 18 – but in the intervals he played the remaining 16 holes with 8 smaller ones, not worse than the nominal number. He’s just the second player on the record to record a few double whips in a round at the Masters and still shoot 68 or more.
T3. Joaquin Neiman, Dustin Johnson, Scotty Scheffler, Danny Willett (-3): This group along with the stellar power of the past and present. DJ and Willett represent former Masters champions, while Neiman and Scheffler are part of the sport’s rising glory. All four had huge days with a Neman push on the early wave and a push on the Johnson late wave among the great storylines in the first round.
T7. Patrick Cantley, Corey Conners, Jason Cockrac (-2): Breaking away from consecutive finishes in the top 10 Masters, Conners played a neat round from 2 to 70 with only one bullet – in the seventh par-4. Cantlay entered Thursday’s recent Masters resume, which was just as solid, and finished with four birds as part of a sound round in which he managed to avoid trouble and stayed in the mix.
T10. Tiger Woods and eight more people (-1): In the 1st round \ Woods’ 1-under 71 had many adventures, but playing in a competitive environment for the first time in 509 days, he looked balanced enough, prepared and healthy enough to fight well for the green jacket. weekend. His salvation was primarily with his stick, as he consistently put himself in compromise positions, but consistently dodged those positions with nominal saves scattered throughout the round. Given the ugly start to Thursday – Woods said it smelled like a warm-up – it was an impressive return to the game for the biggest golf star. Follow Tiger Woods throughout the Masters.
T19. Hideki Matsuyama and 11 (E): After a neck injury forced him to drop out of the competition a week ago and an obvious wrist injury seemed to bother him in the warm-up, reigning Masters champion still handled respectable figures. He seemed to get better during the day, and after skipping the first two holes at Amen Corner, he played the last six holes at 2 below.
T31. Rory McIlroy, Colin Morikova and 10 more (+1): Neither McIlroy nor Morikov – with six joint major championships in between – had big days to open their Masters weeks. Neither one nor the other played because of the dispute. This was especially important for McIlroy, who survived the day when he was gone. Meanwhile, Morikov seemed to find his best stuff late when he finished in a squall of 1st under 35 on the second nine.
T43. Jordan Spit, John Ram, Patrick Reed and 14 more (+2): This group, which includes former champions Reed and Spit, has ridiculously loaded footage of pre-tournament contenders. Well, the former world number one (and favorite before Thursday) Ram. Spit had a lot of baking on the green areas that could easily have him in the red. Ram stumbled on the second nine after a good start. Reed did the opposite, opening 2 under the first nine before turning into two whips and two birds on the second nine.
T70. Bryson DeChambo, Justin Thomas and five others (+4): Roller coaster for one of the most polarizing golfers at DeChambo, but were you expecting something else? Earlier this week he said he is only 80% healthy after injuries recently and he has played both with the gods at 4, 10, 15 and 18 and also with a double at 14. As for Thomas he seemed to be a star obey him after strong performances at Valspar, Genesis Invitational and Phoenix Open. But they just … didn’t make it in the 1st round. He had a nasty show that got even worse in the second nine when he hit the 3rd round after 1 over the first nine. There’s still plenty of time to bounce back and play over the weekend, but this group pressed their backs against the wall on Thursday, and there’s a tough road ahead to get out.
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