Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 84. Wind SE at 10-15 mph.
First-Round Leaderboard
Bryson DeChambeau         66 (-6)
Brooks Koepka                   66 (-6)
Phil Mickelson                    67 (-5)
Ian Poulter                         68 (-4)
Dustin Johnson                  68 (-4)
Things to Know
  • Bryson DeChambeau’s nine birdies matched his career best
  • Brooks Koepka’s quest for fourth major championship title and first Masters victory begins with first-round 66
  • Phil Mickelson shoots 67 in his 99th round at Augusta National
  • Tiger Woods opens with 2-under 70, his ninth under-par opening round in 22 starts at Augusta National
  • Only grouping where all players shot under par; Dustin Johnson (68), Bryson DeChambeau (66), Jason Day (70)
First-Round Lead Notes
  • Winner of the Masters has held first-round lead/co-lead 16 times, most recently Jordan Spieth (2015)
  • Through 23 stroke play events this season, five first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win, most recently J.B. Holmes/Genesis Open
Player Notes
Bryson DeChambeau (T1/-6)
  • Birdied six of the last seven holes, including the final four, for a 5-under second nine
  • Round included nine birdies, matching his career-best (R3/2018 THE NORTHERN TRUST)
  • Marks first 18-hole lead/co-lead in PGA TOUR career
  • Owns five TOUR titles, including a three-win season in 2017-18, when he finished third in the FedExCup
  • Making 81st career PGA TOUR start and 11th major championship appearance; best major result is T15/2016 U.S. Open
  • Finished T21 as an amateur in Masters debut in 2016. Added a T38 result in 2018
    Brooks Koepka (T1/-6)
  • Made six birdies, including four in-a-row (Nos. 12-15) for career low at Masters; only player with a bogey free round
  • Marks fourth 18-hole lead/co-lead on PGA TOUR. Failed to convert previous three into victory (2017 WGC-HSBC Champions/T2, 2017 The Open/T6, 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic/T3)
  • Has won three of the last seven majors (2017 U.S. Open, 2018 U.S. Open, 2018 PGA Championship)
  • Last reigning U.S. Open winner to win the Masters was Tiger Woods in 2001
  • Last reigning PGA Championship winner to win the Masters was Phil Mickelson in 2006
  • After missed cuts in his first two major championships (2012 U.S. Open, 2013 The Open), has not missed a cut in 18 such starts since
  • Has a win (THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES) and a runner-up (T2/The Honda Classic) in eight starts during the 2018-19 season
  • Does not have a top-10 in three starts at the Masters (best result: T11/2017) and missed the event in 2018 due to a wrist injury
Phil Mickelson (3rd/-5)
  • Three-time winner of the event (2004, 2006, 2010) played last seven holes 5-under to post 67
  • In 99 rounds at Augusta National, has just three rounds better than 67 (65/R1/1996, 66/R1/1995, 66/R3/2012)
  • Ranks No. 1 in career earnings at Augusta National ($7,857,037/26 starts)
  • Earned 44th career PGA TOUR victory at the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Ian Poulter (T4/-4)
  • Mixed five birdies with one bogey (No. 9) for 68, matching his low opening round at Augusta National (2010)
  • Ranked No. 1 in Greens in Regulation with 16/18 and Proximity to the Hole with 28’ 8”
  • Making 14th appearance at Masters and 60th major championship start with runner-up at The Open in 2008 his best result
  • Made cut in 12 of 13 previous starts at Augusta National, posting three top-10s (T6/2015, 7th/2012, T10/2010)
  • Last of three PGA TOUR titles came at 2018 Houston Open the week prior to the Masters, earning him an invitation
Dustin Johnson (T4/-4)
  • Posted five birdies and one bogey (No. 10) en route to 4-under 68
  • Captured his 20th PGA TOUR title at the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship
  • Owns one major championship victory (2016 U.S. Open)
  • Finished T10 in 2018, his third consecutive top-10 at Augusta National (T6/2015, T4/2016, T10/2018; DNP/2017); closed with 71-69, his best combined score in rounds three and four at the event
Justin Harding (T6/-3)
  • 33-year-old South African played college golf at Lamar University
  • Won in each of his first three seasons on Sunshine Tour after qualifying in first attempt. Owns seven wins on Sunshine Tour
  • In 2018, won two events on the Asian Tour in a three-week stretch
  • Won the 2019 Qatar Masters on the European Tour by two strokes over nine players who finished T2
  • Failed to advance out of group play at 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but at No. 48 in OWGR at the end of that week earned invitation to the Masters
  • One of six South African players in the field and one of 17 first-time participants at the Masters
  • Sits No. 7 in Presidents Cup International Team standings
Tiger Woods (T11/-2)
  • Has opened with a sub-70 score at Augusta just once in 22 rounds (68/2010; finished T4)
  • Owns 13 top-10 finishes, including four victories, at Augusta National in 21 previous starts (most recent: T4/2013)
  • At No. 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the highest-ranked former champion in the field
Miscellaneous Notes
  • 20 past champions competing this week: Angel Cabrera (82), Fred Couples (78), Sergio Garcia (73), Trevor Immelman (74), Zach Johnson (74), Bernhard Langer (71), Sandy Lyle (73), Phil Mickelson (67), Larry Mize (77), Jose Maria Olazabal (78), Patrick Reed (73), Charl Schwartzel (77), Adam Scott (69), Vijay Singh (80), Jordan Spieth (75), Bubba Watson (72), Mike Weir (72), Danny Willett (75), Tiger Woods (70), Ian Woosnam (80)
  • 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott (T6/-3) equaled his low opening-round score (2018, 2014, 2013, 2010) in 18 starts at Augusta National
  • John Rahm (T6/-3) recorded his best opening-round score/position in three appearances. Rahm sat T55 after first-round 3-over 75 before finishing fourth at Augusta National in 2018. He was T19 after first-round 73 en route to T27 in 2017
  • Corey Conners (T11/-2) seeks to become the first player since Phil Mickelson (2006 Bellsouth Classic) to win the week prior to the Masters then go on to win in Augusta. Conners claimed his first PGA TOUR title at last week’s Valero Texas Open, earning the final spot in the field at Augusta National with the win
  • Two-time Masters winner Bernhard Langer’s 1-under 71 marked his third consecutive round of par-or-better at Augusta National. The 61-year-old closed the 2018 Masters with weekend rounds of 71-72
  • FedExCup leader Matt Kuchar sits T21 at 1-under while seeking his third win this season
  • While looking to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as winners of the career Grand Slam, Rory McIlroy finished bogey, bogey to post 1-over 73 to sit T44
Scoring Averages:
Front 9                 Back 9                  Total                    Cumulative
R1          36.379                 36.494                  72.874                  —
The par-4 18th was the hardest in round one with an average of 4.356. The easiest hole was the par-5 13th hole, which played to an average of 4.552
Bogey-free rounds: R1(1) – Brooks Koepka (66)