🏌🏻 Drama at the Masters

Plus: How to gain more club head speed

Good morning. The weather forecast at Augusta is perfect for golf today, and round 1 and round 2 are already underway.

40% of us are rooting for Scheffler from our poll yesterday, and he looks pretty much on track - solo 2nd after Round 1.

With DeChambeau in the lead and Scheffler close on the heels, seems like a PGA vs LIV duel in the making.

Fun Fact: Jon Rahm shot a 73 in Round 1. 6 of the last 8 defending Masters champions now have opened their week with a round over par.

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⛳ This day in history: On this date in 2015, Jordan Spieth became the first Texan to win the Masters since 1995. He set the mark for the most birdies in a single Tournament with 28. His 18-under-par 270 matched Tiger Woods’ 72-hole scoring record set in 1997.

DeChambeau, Scheffler Set The Pace In Augusta

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Round 1 remained incomplete at Augusta National due to darkness but it wasn't short of drama and action.

The first round will resume on Friday at 7:50 am ET.

💎 DeChambeau Leads: Bryson DeChambeau shot 7-under-par 65 for his lowest score at Augusta and leads by one shot ahead of Scottie Scheffler.

Scheffler shot a 66 - his first bogey free round at Augusta and also the lowest of his Masters career. Nicolai Hojgaard (thru 15) lies third, two shots behind the leader.

🤯 Epic Return: Former Masters Champion Danny Willett shot 68 in his first competitive round of golf in seven months. He currently sits T-4 alongside Max Homa.

Willett, who won the Green Jacket in 2016, is making a comeback to the sport after an intrusive shoulder surgery.

🚀 Tiger Shines: Tiger Woods stands 1 under through 13 holes as he seeks his sixth green jacket and a record 24th consecutive Masters made cut.

He shares the 17th spot with Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland among others.

LIV Players Dominate: LIV Golf's Bryson DeChambeau is the sole leader as things stand but he isn't the only one doing well. Tyrrell Hatton (T-6) and Joaquin Niemann (T-9) have got off to good starts as well.

Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson (both T-42) didn't have the best opening round.

🚩 Stars Sweating Cutline: As things stand, the cut line appears to be at 1-over, with 53 golfers on the right side of that boundary. Top stars like Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Zach Johnson could all miss out if they don't have a good second round.

Watch Round 1 Highlights

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New Equipment For The Win

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A number of players added new gear to their bags for this week's Masters and some of them have got instant results including Round 1 solo leader Bryson DeChambeau.

📌 Bryson DeChambeau: DeChambeau is playing with a custom set of single-length irons made by little-known clubmaker Avoda that are made by 3-D printing and weren’t approved by the USGA until Monday.

The irons failed to pass muster with the USGA as the grooves were too narrow because of the way a 3-D printer prints in layers but it was grinded until they were deemed confirming.

📌 Justin Thomas: Thomas' bag underwent much experimentation before his ninth appearance at Augusta National.

Thomas has a longer 5-iron than before and an even longer 4-iron in the bag - a new-found combination: Titleist 621.JT mid-to-short irons (6-9), a T100 5-iron and a T200 4-iron.

He has also switched to a new 2024 Phantom X 5.5 putter, which first launched in Hawaii.

📌 Tony Finau: Finau has made a rare move of carrying two drivers in his bag this week. He already has a Ping G430 LST 9-degree driver with a new Mitsubishi Diamana GT 70TX shaft.

His second driver is a Ping G430 LST to help him on the right-to-left holes at Augusta National. The second driver which replaces his 3-wood, measures about the length of his 3-wood and has 10.5 degrees of loft.

What else is making news

Norman Ignored: LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman attends the Masters after buying tickets from the 2nd hand market; wasn't invited.

Caddie Corner: Click here to find out how much caddies will earn at the Masters.

Masters Collection: Masters introduces caddie Christmas ornament to gnome family at Augusta National.

GC For Sale: Cincinnati is considering selling off all of its municipal golf courses.

Presidents Cup: Tickets for the 2024 Presidents Cup, scheduled for Sept. 24-29, 2024, at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, are officially on sale. Click here to buy.

Equipment: Collin Morikawa adds Scottie Scheffler’s putter to his bag for this week.

These Are The Best Dressed Golfers In Augusta

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Several golfers are standing out by sporting outfits seemingly inspired by quirks of the course - here are some of the most eye-catching ensembles at Augusta National.

⛳️ Sergio Garcia: Garcia began the tournament with a green and gold outfit - a head-to-toe look that paid homage to the course.

Sergio Garcia

⛳️ Viktor Hovland: Hovland sported a black polo with a floral design and if rumors are to be believed, his outfits will get sexier as the tournament progresses.

Viktor Hovland

⛳️ Rickie Fowler: Fowler donned a green-and-white striped top with navy flowers and white slacks. He accessorized the look with a cap and his signature shades.

Rickie Fowler

⛳️ Tyrrell Hatton: LIV Golf's latest star Hatton wore a unique black polo during the first round at Augusta National.

Tyrrell Hatton

⛳️ Thorbjørn Olesen: Olesen wore clean light-colored fit that features a floral-patterned polo shirt.

Thorbjorn Olesen

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