Round 1 of the 86th Masters is complete and the scoring conditions on Thursday may be the best these players see all week. Rain on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon -- and again on Thursday morning -- softened up the golf course and there were some birdies to be had. The wind kicked up a bit in the afternoon and made distance judgment difficult. In the end, 73.8 was the average score of the day with the newly lengthened 18th hole playing as the most challenging hole on the course.
South Korea's Sungjae Im is your first-round leader, shooting a 5-under par 67. Australia's Cameron Smith began his day with a double bogey on the first hole. He had it to 6-under par before making a bookend double-bogey on the final hole and finishing at 4-under.
The much-anticipated start by Tiger Woods provided some fireworks as the Big Cat shot an opening-round 71, the 11th time he’s been under par after Round 1 in his Masters career. While it was certainly exciting to see Woods pull off such a round amidst his recovery from injury process, let's not get too excited just yet.