Tiger Woods in Contention After Day 1 at The Masters

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Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA — April 8, 2022

It was not a triumphant march to the top of the leaderboard, but it was remarkable in almost every other way. Tiger Woods shot one-under-par on the opening day of the 2022 Masters tournament. He is tied for 10th place just four strokes off the lead of Im Sung-Jae, who shot 67 on the Augusta National Golf Club course.

Sung-Jae Im leads the 2022 Masters after Day One / Photo Credit: Augusta Chronicle

Just 15 months removed from an automobile accident that nearly cost him his right leg, Woods walked the sloping fairways of Augusta seemingly without difficulty. After opening with five straight pars, Tiger birdied the par-three sixth hole. He gave a stroke back to the field with a bogey on the par-five eighth hole. Two birdies and a bogey on the back nine gave Woods an opening round 71 as he made key putts on several holes to preserve his score.

Tiger Woods, Day One at the 2022 Masters / Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Top of the Leaderboard

Cameron Smith, the winner of last month’s Players Championship, sits alone in second a single stroke behind Im. Scottie Scheffler, the new number one ranked player in the world, is tied for third at three-under-par. Three other players including Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann, and Dustin Johnson are tied with Scheffler.

Patrick Cantlay, Corey Conners, and Jason Kokrak hold a share of seventh place at two-under. Only 18 players scored in red numbers on day one.

Notable Players

Webb Simpson, Tony Finau, Will Zalatoris, and Kevin Na are among the eight other players tied with Woods at one under. Defending Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood, are among a group of 12 tied at even par.

Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, and Collin Morikawa are one-over-par. Former number one in the world Jon Rahm is in a group of 17 that includes Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, Billy Horschel, and Xander Schauffele at two over.

Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas sit nine strokes off the lead at four-over-par. Others who may face the prospect of missing the cut are Tommy Fleetwood(+3), Brooks Koepka(+3), Bryson DeChambeau(+4), and Justin Thomas(+4).

The U.S. Amateur champion, Michigan State Golfer James Piot had a disappointing opening day shooting a nine-over-par score of 81. Keita Nakajima is the current low amateur at even par, tied for 19th.

First Round Leaderboard of the 86th Masters Tournament

POSITION NAME TO PAR SCORE
1 Sung-Jae Im -5 67
2 Cameron Smith -4 68
T3 Danny Willett -3 69
T3 Joaquin Niemann -3 69
T3 Scottie Scheffler -3 69
T3 Dustin Johnson -3 69
T7 Patrick Cantlay -2 70
T7 Corey Conners -2 70
T7 Jason Kokrak -2 70
T10 Webb Simpson -1 71
T10 Harry Higgs -1 71
T10 Tiger Woods -1 71
T10 Matthew Fitzpatrick -1 71
T10 Tony Finau -1 71
T10 Harold Varner III -1 71
T10 Daniel Berger -1 71
T10 Will Zalatoris -1 71
T10 Kevin Na -1 71
T19 Garrick Higgo E 72
T19 Charl Schwartzel E 72
T19 Abraham Ancer E 72
T19 Hideki Matsuyama E 72
T19 Keita Nakajima E 72
T19 Viktor Hovland E 72
T19 Lucas Glover E 72
T19 Sergio Garcia E 72
T19 Talor Gooch E 72
T19 Lee Westwood E 72
T19 Cameron Champ E 72
T19 Tyrrell Hatton E 72
T31 Rory McIlroy 1 73
T31 Collin Morikawa 1 73
T31 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 1 73
T31 Shane Lowry 1 73
T31 Min Woo Lee 1 73
T31 Erik van Rooyen 1 73
T31 Mackenzie Hughes 1 73
T31 Marc Leishman 1 73
T31 Tom Hoge 1 73
T31 Robert MacIntyre 1 73
T31 Russell Henley 1 73
T31 Bubba Watson 1 73
T43 Lucas Herbert 2 74
T43 Brian Harman 2 74
T43 Adam Scott 2 74
T43 Max Homa 2 74
T43 Sepp Straka 2 74
T43 Jon Rahm 2 74
T43 Jordan Spieth 2 74
T43 Seamus Power 2 74
T43 Kyoung-Hoon Lee 2 74
T43 J.J. Spaun 2 74
T43 Mike Weir 2 74
T43 Billy Horschel 2 74
T43 Xander Schauffele 2 74
T43 Austin Greaser 2 74
T43 Patrick Reed 2 74
T43 Padraig Harrington 2 74
T43 Zach Johnson 2 74
T60 Cameron Davis 3 75
T60 Kevin Kisner 3 75
T60 Takumi Kanaya 3 75
T60 Tommy Fleetwood 3 75
T60 Gary Woodland 3 75
T60 Sam Burns 3 75
T60 Fred Couples 3 75
T60 Guido Migliozzi 3 75
T60 Brooks Koepka 3 75
T60 Ryan Palmer 3 75
T70 Si Woo Kim 4 76
T70 Bernhard Langer 4 76
T70 Bryson DeChambeau 4 76
T70 Stewart Cink 4 76
T70 Justin Rose 4 76
T70 Justin Thomas 4 76
T70 Louis Oosthuizen 4 76
T77 Jose Maria Olazabal 5 77
T77 Hudson Swafford 5 77
T77 Luke List 5 77
T77 Larry Mize 5 77
T77 Cameron Young 5 77
T82 Vijay Singh 6 78
T82 Francesco Molinari 6 78
T84 Stewart Hagestad 7 79
T84 Thomas Pieters 7 79
T86 Matthew Wolff 9 81
T86 Laird Shepherd 9 81
T86 James Piot 9 81
T86 Aaron Jarvis 9 81
90 Sandy Lyle 10 82
WD Paul Casey