The Masters Day 1 leaderboard, standouts and more

The Masters - Preview Day 3
Brooks Koepka leads after day one at the Masters

The first round of the Masters in 2023 concluded on Thursday, April 6. After an exciting day of golf, a lot has happened. With three more days left, the competition is only going to get better.

The first day brought a few major surprises and the rest of the competition figures to continue that trend.

After one round, a LIV Golfer is tied atop the leaderboard and there's currently a three-way tie for the lead. Here's what you need to know.


The Masters Round 1: LIV Golf leads, three-way tie and more

After one round, Brooks Koepka finds himself atop the leaderboard. The LIV Golf rebel birdied hole 18 to draw into a three-way tie. Coming into the competition, Cameron Smith had the best odds of winning among LIV players.

Smith is currently T17 with a -2 so far. LIV Golf is having a pretty strong showing, and many expect Smith to play even better and genuinely challenge for the lead. He'll only have to make up five strokes to do so.

Tied alongside Koepka are Jon Rahm and Viktor Hovland. The fact that Rahm is even within striking distance of the lead is astonishing. He opened with a four-shot putt on his first hole during an abysmal start.

Jon Rahm is tied for the lead at the Masters
Jon Rahm is tied for the lead at the Masters

He quickly turned it around and made up for the deficit. He's been playing some incredible golf and that continued after a brief respite. If he keeps this up, he could usurp Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler to become the top-ranked golfer in the world.

McIlroy broke even in the first round, which doesn't do much to dissuade the fears surrounding him after his uncharacteristic performance at the Players Championship.

Scheffler, too, isn't far behind Rahm as he shot a -4 for the day.

Here's the official leaderboard through one round:

  • T1. Viktor Hovland -7 (65)
  • T1. Jon Rahm -7 (65)
  • T1. Brooks Koepka -7 (65)
  • T4. Cameron Young -5 (67)
  • T4. Jason Day -5 (67)
  • T6. Shane Lowry -4 (68)
  • T6. Xander Schauffele -4 (68)
  • T6. Adam Scott -4 (68)
  • T6. Gary Woodland -4 (68)
  • T6. Scottie Scheffler -4 (68)
  • T6. Sam Bennett -4 (68)
  • T6. Sam Burns -4 (68)

Tiger Woods, in what could be his final appearance at the Masters, shot a +2 for the first round. Conversely, LIV star Phil Mickelson is one under par after the first round.

Both Kevin Na (after his start) and Will Zalatoris (before even taking a swing) withdrew from the competition due to injury.

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Edited by Ankush Das