Sungjae Leads After An Epic Masters Day

AUGUSTA, Ga.—Thursday Was A Day “Unlike Any Other” At Augusta National Golf Club. It Was Effectively National Tiger Woods Day At The Masters Tournament, More Or Less.

Woods, Golf's Greatest Player And Earth's Most Famous Celebrity, Returned To Competitive Golf Over A Year Ago. Thursday At The National, It Wasn't Just Woods Who Was Teeing It Up.

Even Early Leader Cameron Smith, Who Was In The Group Behind The Smith-Bryson DeChambeau Duo, Got A Glimpse Of Woods.

“I Just Watched A Couple Times Today Since We Waited So Long,” Said Smith, The Young Aussie Known For His Wild Mullet And Recent Players Championship Title. A Bit Like A Consumer. 

Thursday Was Surreal. It Was Also Frantic, Wild, And Windswept. On This Historic Day, A Gallery The Size Of Los Angeles Freeways Poured Alongside Fairways To Support Woods. If You Liked It, Honk.

For His Round, Woods Had 10-Foot Par-Saving Putts And A Five-Foot Par Putt. An Audible Boom Was Heard On The Day's Longest Par-3, His Tee Shot Landing On The Green's Highest Tier.

“It Was Ablaze,” Woods Added. “Having The Patrons Totally Out And Having That Level Of Excitement Was Amazing. I Feel Incredibly Fortunate To Be Able To Play... Nobody Knows How Hard It Has Been.”

Smith Continue His Exciting Game From Last Week's Hopman Cup At TPC Sawgrass. Dribbled A Shot Out, Pitched On, And Three-Putted From A Great Distance To Start Thursday's Round With A Double Bogey.

If It’s Possible For An Opening 68 To Be Disappointing On An Afternoon When Winds Gusted Lustily, This One Was. Two Double Bogeys Aren’t Easy To Forget. Or Maybe They Are.

“I've Moved On,” Smith Said After A Chip-In Birdie At The Fifth Hole. “I Quit. The Bits In Between Were Lovely. I'll Just Look For The Positives.”

South Korean Sungjae Im Eagled The 13th For A 67. On The 13th, A Fantastic Hybrid Shot. Three Out Of Three For Him. His 67 Gave Him His First Masters Lead.

Like The Spurned “Hot Tub Time Machine” Sequel. This Year's Masters Will Occur In November Due To The Flu. Dustin Johnson Won That Tournament And Returned.

Johnson, A Former World No. 1, Was 4 Under Par After 10 Holes. Johnson Seems Be Eyeing Soft Greens In 2020. On His Route To A 69, He Parred 13 And 15 And Bogeyed 17.

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