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By The SI Staff
April 10, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA. — Rejoice, golf fans, for the Masters is here. 

The year's first major kick off today here at Augusta National, and as usual, storylines are in abundance as the world's best descend upon this iconic venue. Is Tiger's comeback for real? Can Jordan Spieth snap out of this curious slump? Is Rory McIlroy ready to complete the Grand Slam?

The good news is SI.com has you covered—we've ranked the field 1-87, identified players to bet on, discussed the players with most at stake and made predictions for the week. We have a live leaderboard for those who just want the scores, but if you're looking for live updates and analysis all day long, you're in the right place. Follow along with us all through Masters Thursday—it's not quite being at Augusta National, but it's the next best thing. 

Final leaderboard after Day 1

DeChambeau and Koepka sit atop the standings at six-under 66 after Day 1, with Mickelson behind in solo second at five-under. Poulter and Johnson finished at four-under.

Check out the top of the leaderboard below:  

DeChambeau -6 (F)

Koepka -6 (F)

Mickelson -5 (F)

Poulter -4 (F)

Johnson, D. -4 (F)

Harding -3 (F)

Scott -3 (F)

Rahm -3 (F)

Kisner -3 (F)

​Conners -2 (F)

​Holmes -2 (F)

Bjerregaard -2 (F)

Woodland -2 (F)

Woods -2 (F)

Fowler -2 (F)

7:30 p.m. - Mickelson birdies to finish in solo second

Mickelson holes one more birdie at 18 to finish a five-under 67 in second place behind DeChambeau and Koepka, who are tied for the lead at six under at the end of Thursday.

7:25 p.m. - Leaderboard update

Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson are just two of 14 others in a large group at 2-under. Justin Harding, Adam Scott and Rahm led the group that finished at three-under, while Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson finished at 4-under. Bryson DeChambeau led the pack at at six-under.

Check out the top of the leaderboard below:  

DeChambeau -6 (F)

Koepka -6 (17)

Poulter -4 (F)

Johnson, D. -4 (F)

Mickelson -4 (17)

Harding -3 (F)

Scott -3 (F)

Rahm -3 (F)

​Conners -2 (F)

​Holmes -2 (F)

Bjerregaard -2 (F)

Woodland -2 (F)

Woods -2 (F)

Fowler -2 (F)

7:08 p.m. - DeChambeau birdies six of final seven holes for lead

DeChambeau posts a six-under 66 after birdies on six of his last seven holes–including four straight to close out his first round–to take the clubhouse lead. Koepka saved par at the 17th hole and could join DeChambeau in the lead if he finishes 18 strong. Dustin Johnson finished at four-under with a par at 18.

6:52 p.m. - Spieth makes second birdie of first round

Jodan Spieth makes just his second birdie of the day and his first since the second hole at the par-3 16th. The birdie brought Spieth back to three over.

6:34 p.m. - Mickelson moves up to 4-under

A near ace at the 16th helped Mickelson move all the way to four under despite back-to-back bogeys at 10 and 11.

6:03 p.m. - Koepka takes control through 14

Koepka is surging now with four birdies in his last five holes. He becomes the first golfer to get 5-under for the week, one better than Ian Poulter.

5:48 p.m. - Brooks Koepka gets to 4-under to take the lead

Koepka is the first to get to 4-under, two-putting for birdie at the 13th hole and grab the lead. He was joined shortly afterward by Ian Poulter.

5:22 p.m. - Leaderboard update

Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson are just two of 14 others in a large group at 2-under. Justin Harding, Adam Scott and Rahm are the only three so far to finish at three-under.

Check out the top of the leaderboard below:  

Harding -3 (F)

Scott -3 (F)

Rahm -3 (F)

Johnson, D. -3 (14)

Dechambeau -3 (14)

Koepka -3 (13)

​Conners -2 (F)

​Holmes -2 (F)

Bjerregaard -2 (F)

​Woodland -2 (F)

​Woods -2 (F)

Fowler -2 (F)

Smith -2 (F)

4:52 p.m. - Dustin Johnson joins group of players at 2-under

Johnson got back to 2-under with a birdie at a difficult 11th hole. He now joins Woods, Rickie Fowler and a host of others with the same result.

4:37 p.m. - Rory drops a shot to end round

An errant tee shot at the 18th has McIlroy at 1-over at the end of his round. He went bogey-bogey to finish.

4:26 p.m. - Tiger wraps up a round of 70

Tiger two-putts for par at the 18th hole to wrap up a round of 70, a 2-under round that has him one back of the current lead—shared by playing partner Jon Rahm.

4:00 p.m. - Leaderboard update

Tiger Woods continued his charge up the leaderboard with a birdie at the par-5 13th. The four-time Masters winner was matched by groupmate Jon Rahm with a birdie on the 13th as Rahm earned a share of the lead heading to 14. Justin Harding and Adam Scott were the first to finish at three-under.

Check out the top of the leaderboard below:  

Harding -3 (F)

Scott -3 (F)

​Woodland -2 (17)

Rahm -3 (16)

​Woods -3 (16)

​Kizzire -3 (15)

Bjerregaard -2 (F)

​Conners -2 (F)

​Holmes -2 (F)

​Finau -2 (16)

​Oosthuizen -2 (14)

​Olesen -2 (10)

​Langer - 2 (9)

​Poulter -2 (6)

3:55 p.m. - Rory fights back to even

Rory McIlroy struggled to start the back nine on Thursday as he aims to complete the career grand slam. He bogeyed the 10th and 11th to fall to two-over, but fought back to even through 15.

McIlroy took advantage of the par 5's on the 13th and 15th, converting a short birdie before heading the the par-3 16th. He is now three shots off the lead.

3:40 p.m. - Adam Scott closes strong

The 2013 Masters champion tallied three birdies in his final four holes to enter the clubhouse tied for the lead at three-under. Scott is one of six players at three-under. 

3:15 p.m. - Tiger ties the leaders

Tiger Woods hit his first shot on the par-4 14th wide left, but set himself up for a 20-foot birdie opportunity after an impressive second shot from the rough. Woods buried the long birdie attempt, advancing him to three-under on the day. He now has a share of the lead. 

2:30 p.m. - Oosthuizen climbs leaderboard 

Louis Oosthuizen finished his first nine holes at even par, but has climbed within one stroke of the lead as he heads to the par-4 14th. The 2012 second-place finisher at Augusta birdied the 11th and 13th hole on Thursday, rebounding after bogeys on the 5th and 7th. 

2:00 p.m. - Sergio misses birdie opportunity

Sergio Garcia looked to get back to even par on the par-5 13th, landing on the green in two shots. But the Spainard three-putted the hole, including an eight-foot attempt for birdie. Garcia heads to the 14th at one-over.

Garcia's three put was dissapointing, but he had a better hole than Henrik Stenson, who triple-bogeyed the 13th to fall to three-over. 

1:35 p.m. - Tiger takes the turn

Woods converted his second birdie of the day on the par-4 9th, advancing to one-under as he heads to the 10th. Group partner Jon Rahm also registered a birdie at the 9th, advancing to one-under. Li Haotong had the group's best score, finishing the first nine at two-under.

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1:20 p.m. - Leaderboard update

Some of the first players on the course on Thursday have finished their rounds and entered the clubhouse. Here's where we stand as the clock passes 1 p.m. ET. 

Harding -3 (15)

Conners -2 (F)

Holmes -2 (13)

Fleetwood -2 (8)

Woodland -2 (8)

Li -2 (8)

Kizzire -2 (7)

Langer -2 (4)

1:05 p.m. - Corey Conners enters as clubhouse leader

Conners bogeyed the par-4 18th but entered the clubhouse atop the leaderboard at two under. The 27-year-old Canadian eagled the par-5 15th to take the lead after birdies on the 13th and 14th. He has never made the cut in a major. 

12:55 p.m. - Par save for Tiger, Fleetwood cruising along

Tiger hit a stinger 3-wood down the left side of the fairway at 7 before hitting a putrid iron shot, a pull hook into a bunker long and left of the treacherous 7th green. The good news is, as bad as the approach was is how good the bunker shot was, as he hit a really tidy one to about six feet. This putt, finally, went right in the middle and that's a big par save, to stay at even before the par-5 8th. 

Meanwhile, Tommy Fleetwood is off to another solid start in a big tournament—he's two under, and bogey free, through 7 holes. 

12:36 p.m. - Tiger misses another short one

Not great. He bounced back from that bogey on 5 with a gorgeous tee shot on the downhill par-3 6th, a high soft one to just four feet...but he missed it. Again. If he's going to contend this week, he can't miss many more putts like that. 

12:22 p.m. - Tiger back to E, Corey Conners!

After a solid par at the difficult par-3 4th, Tiger made his first poor swing of the day at the new par-4 5th. He found the left bunker and was forced to layup, to about 45 yards short of the green. A really nifty pitch from there left about six feet for par, but the putt hit the left lip and wouldn't fall. That's been a concern for Woods all season, as he ranks 141st in putting inside 10 feet this season. 

How about Corey Conners! The guy who Monday qualified into last week's Valero Texas Open, then won the tournament to get the last Masters berth, just eagled 15 to take the solo lead at 3 under. The movie script gets even more dramatic...

11:58 a.m. - Leaderboard update

Again, still so early, but...

Wise -2 (10)

Harding -2 (10)

Li -2 (3)

Kizzire -2 (2)

Kanaya (a) -1 (9)

Holmes -1 (9)

Grace -1 (8)

Bjerregaard -1 (8)

Stenson -1 (7)

Oosthuizen -1 (5)

Woods -1 (3)

Rahm -1 (3)

11:39 - Tiger into red numbers, Rory bogeys the first

If you're a Tiger Woods fan, you couldn't have asked for a much better start. On the par-5 2nd, he hit a beautiful draw with his driver right down the middle. That's important around here—being able to turn the driver right to left—and Tiger's struggled at times to do that, so that's very encouraging. He tried to sling a draw into the green with his second but caught a bunker short right. Up and down from there, including a downhill birdie effort from four feet, and he's into red numbers. 

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy blocked his tee shot well right on the first hole and made bogey. 

11:17 a.m. - Solid beginning for Tiger, South Africans off to nice start

Tiger's tee shot went 317 yards (uphill), leaving just a 136-yard wedge into the green. He played safely left of the flag, to about 30 feet short, and routinely two-putted. Good start. 

Meanwhile, the two leaders are currently both South African: Justin Harding, making his first Masters appearance, and Branden Grace, the only player to ever shoot 62 in a major. 

11:05 a.m. - Tiger off and running

Tiger Woods' 2019 Masters has begun. The four-time champion went with driver off the first tee and hit a baby cut down the center. Ideal start. 

10:29 a.m. - Tiger and Rory hath arrived

Woods' group (Tiger, Haotong Li, Jon Rahm) goes off at 11:04 a.m, and Rory's (McIlroy, Fowler, Smith) is directly after, so the two guys are warming up at virtually the same time. Tiger is indeed wearing the mid-2000s style mock turtleneck, whereas Rory's gone with a blue striped polo. These are the two players who have drawn the most attention this week, albeit for very different reasons—Tiger is the hopeful crowd favorite, Rory the realistic one—and there is a palpable buzz as both rampen up their warmups. 

10:09 a.m. - The beauty of early-round leaderboards

It's obvoiusly earlier than early, but there's something beautiful about major championship leaderboards at this stage, before this golf course takes its toll and players regress to their mean. Japanese amatuer Takumi Kanaya, the youngest player in the field at 20, is currently tied for the lead with Justin Harding, an Augusta newcomer. Fred Couples is one under after 2, and 2016 champion Danny Willett—who fell as low as 442nd in the world just last year—is one under through 3. 

9:32 a.m. - First five groups on the course

None of the big names have begun yet—the first "marquee" group of Sergio Garcia, Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson go off at 9:56—but Kevin Tway, Justin Harding, Brandt Snedeker and Japanese amateur Takumi Kanaya are the four players under par. Reminder that the second hole at Augusta is a par 5, and the third a short par 4, so good starts are definitely possible. 

8:18 a.m. - The Masters has officially begun

Each year, legends of the game officially kick off the Masters with a ceremonial tee shot. Six-time champion Jack Nickalus (79 years old) and three-time winner Gary Player had the honors this year, and the best week in golf is officially underway. The first tee time—Andrew Landry, Adam Long and Correy Conners, the last of which qualified by winning the Valero Texas Open last week—are off at 8:30. 

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