Round 1 of the 2022 Masters Tournament is in the books. South Korea’s Sungjae Im finished the day atop the leaderboard after shooting a 5-under-par 67 on Thursday.
Im survived back-to-back bogeys on holes 10 and 11 by making five birdies and an eagle on the day, including birdies on each of his first three holes.
Right behind Im is Cameron Smith, who was the clubhouse the leader for a while after a 68. Smith bracketed his day with double bogeys, with a 6 on the par-4 first hole and another 6 on the par-4 18th. On holes 2 through 17, however, he made eight birdies.
Four players are tied for third at 3 under: Dustin Johnson, Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann and Scottie Schefler. Johnson was in danger of falling out of the top five as he faced a tough approach on 18, but a terrific third shot onto the green from the gallery allowed him to save par.
In his first professional appearance in 508 days — not to mention his first since the gruesome car accident that nearly cost him his leg last year — Tiger Woods managed to shoot a 1-under 71. He will look to take that momentum into the weekend as he continues to walk the arduous course at Augusta National.
Masters Leaderboard 2022
Sungjae Im -5 (F)
Cameron Smith -4 (F)
T-3. Dustin Johnson -3 (F)
T-3. Danny Willett -3 (F)
T-3. Joaquin Niemann -3 (F)
T-3. Scottie Schefler -3 (F)