The Masters LIVE: Tiger Woods updates, tee times, leaderboard and latest scores from Augusta


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The Masters is back, and so too is Tiger Woods. Now 25 years after his first victory at Augusta National, the 15-time major winner has made a stunning return to golf’s most iconic tournament, just over a year after a near-fatal car crash threatened to end his legendary career in the sport.

Woods’ latest comeback has dominated the build-up to the 86th Masters, with the 46-year-old only announcing on Tuesday that he was ready to play following months of extensive rehab. The five-time Masters winner said he would not be at Augusta if he did not think he could win the tournament, and a sixth green jacket would eclipse even his remarkable 2019 triumph as the greatest comeback in sports history.

The American gets underway following an afternoon of rain and thunderstorms on Wednesday, in what is set to be a wide-open field in the first major of the year. Hideki Matsuyama is the defending champion and Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Smith are notable contenders favored with the bookies, while Rory McIlroy goes again on his quest to complete a career grand slam. Follow live updates from the opening day’s play of the Masters below:

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The Masters: Smith moves to -5

Cameron Smith, it seems, does not miss with that putter. He sinks his seventh birdie of the round as he cleans up at the 15th, after laying up short of the creek.

After starting his day with a double bogey, the Australian has gone -7 through 14 holes.

Woods, meanwhile, is in trouble further back at 15. His drive has gone far left and has landed on some matted grass, with a bit of a look at the green beyond the creek.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2022 20:21

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The Masters: Bogey for Woods

incredible. Woods returns to the straw needles after sending his drive left of the fairway. He makes a fine connection, sending his iron over the back of the green but getting it to hold on the back fringe.

He’s unable to make the up and down, though. The chip took him to six or so feet, and the par putt dragged wide of the hole. Woods stars at the line before continuing to the 15th, which presents another chance to get back down to -1.

But the in-form players are really showing up. Scheffler makes his third birdie in four holes at 12, before Smith becomes the first player to get down to -4 with a birdie at 14.

Oh and there’s a birdie for McIlroy at the 2nd, too. Plenty going on around the course now.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2022 20:04

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The Masters: Woods makes birdie!

Woods has played a controlled game so far but he will know there are chances to come as he hits the pair of par 5s at 13 and 15.

He’s now played a stunning second-shot at the 13th, landing an approach from over 200 yards to carry the creek and land his ball to within 15 feet or so. There’s an eagle chance there.

But a birdie will do! He keeps it short, folds at the hips in a moment of disappointment, but he knocks down the tap-in to move back to -1.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2022 19:52

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The Masters: McIlroy underground

Rory McIlroy is underway in the final group of the day, alongside Matthew Fitzpatrick and Brooks Koepka.

McIlroy, of course, is hunting to complete a career grand slam, but one man who has already won the Masters and is now striving for more is Danny Willett – who has just made a lovely birdie at the par-5 15th to move to – 3.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2022 19:46

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Woods at the 12th, which is bringing back all sorts of memories from 2019 as this is really where he got his title charge going on that Sunday three years ago.

He finds the green with his wedge approach, spotting his ball on a nice plane of green to the left of the hole. No danger there.

And that’s another safe pair. Woods takes his two-putt and moves on. He’s displaying some incredibly controlled golf out there.

One group ahead, Cameron Smith rolled in a birdie two to move to a share of the lead through 12. The Players champion is certainly playing like a favourite.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2022 19:28

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Woods finds the drive he needs on the par-4 11th, right in the middle of the fairway.

With the water threatening on the left of the green, Woods stays right and leaves it short by 10 yards or so.

The chip down the hill was well judged and left Woods with a putt of four feet or so for his par – which he makes. A nice up and down.

But what a start from Im Sung-jae! The South Korean has made birdies at each of his first three holes to emerge into the outright lead. Danny Willett has also joined the pack at -2 with birdie at the 13th.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2022 19:15

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Woods liked the line of his approach into the 10th green, after correcting his drive and finding the hook to curve it around the left-hand bend.

He got unlucky though, with the approach rolling back down the slope when he would have had a birdie putt if it had hung on to the lip.

His chip back up the hill is nicely judged and should lead to a straight-forward pair. And he does. It was another tester, actually down the slope.

Niemann’s lead is short lived, though, as he makes a bogey after finding the greenside bunker.

One group further back, Scottie Scheffler makes his move with back-to-back birdies at No. 8 and No. 9 to move into a share of the lead.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2022 18:56

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The Masters: Woods saves par

Onto the 9th, Woods hooks his drive into the trees down the left-side of the fairway. Potentially a bit of trouble to come there too.

Oh, there is. Woods finds himself in the straw and under the trees, with bunkers also blocking his approach to the green.

It looked a great effort given the circumstances, catching the lip of the green and just rolling a touch off the front after being caught in the breeze.

However there’s an EAGLE for Niemann! From the fairway, he carries his approach to the top of the slope and rolls it down straight into the hole!

He takes the outright lead at -3!

Woods left himself with some work to do after his chip ran beyond the hole but that’s a nice par save back down the tricky slope to reach the turn at level par.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2022 18:33

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The Masters: Bogey for Woods

Woods strides down the 8th following another fine drive down the middle of the fairway. Many around Augusta had perhaps expected to see some signs of a limp, but he’s looking pretty good to me.

He waits for the group ahead to move off the green at the par-5, as he lines up a blind, uphill approach. It nestles to the right of the green, with around 40 yards still to go.

The next two shots with his wedge look a little rusty. The first pitch misses the green and the following chip runs eight feet or so beyond the hole. It sets up a tough, but important, par putt – and it misses to the right.

Elsewhere, Talor Gooch, who briefly held the lead at -2, has returned to level par after making a double bogey at the 10th. He sent his drive into the left, which is exactly where you don’t want to go on that hole.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2022 18:05

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Woods finds himself in a spot of trouble after sending his drive right at the 7th, but he recovers well to hack a draw out of the pine straw and back out onto the fairway. His shot from him nestles short of the bunkers, under the elevated green.

Sensational. Tiger’s pitch lands to within a couple of feet and he taps in for his pair.

Elsewhere, previous champion Danny Willett has just guided a lovely putt to move to -1 at the turn.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2022 17:49


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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