The Masters 2024 Day One LIVE: Leaderboard and updates as Bryson DeChambeau is among the early leaders with Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler about to tee off

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Written By Maya Cantina

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Speaking of food…

Forget the Pimento Cheese, I’ll have what Rahm’s having!

Jon Rahm served up a feast of his own Tuesday night and my god, it looked mouthwatering.

The great and the good of golf gathered for a last supper on Tuesday night at Rahm’s Masters Champions Dinner, one of the final traditions before the action finally begins at Augusta.

Defending champion Rahm welcomed his guests with an Iberian themed menu that included a deeply personal touch he wanted to share with his fellow champions, ahead of his quest to again conquer one of the finest courses of them all.

The 29-year-old Spaniard started with a mix of tapas and pintxos, including spicy Basque chorizo, and ‘Mama Rahm’s Classic Lentil Stew’ – and dish made exactly to his grandmother’s recipe by chef Jose Andres, who helped Rahm design the menu.

The Rahm family recipe was followed by crab salad before offering a choice of ribeye stake or turbot and concluded with puff pastry cake, served with custard and Chantilly cream.

It’s almost lunchtime down in Georgia but luckily for the patrons at Augusta National, they can feast for a pittance.

But they’ll face a tough choice: Pimento Cheese or Egg Salad?

That is the question that has divided patrons at The Masters for decades.

Of course I’m referring to the two iconic sandwiches that have been sold at Augusta National since the 1930s which have become a cult classic, not just at the historic tournament, but all around the world.

As many patrons who have made the iconic once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Augusta will tell you, the sights, the sounds and the atmosphere make the first major of the year so special. But they almost never forget to mention the food options that are available, which are in a league of their own for both quality and price.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 11: A general view of sandwiches at concessions during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Scores on the doors

Here’s your early leaderboard update:

-3 B DeChambeau, R Fox

-2 E van Rooyen, B An

-1 D Willett, C Lamprecht (a) and four others

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 08: A general view of the leaderboard by the first fairway during a practice round prior to the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Mickelson is back… but not better

Mickelson’s 2023 Masters is often forgotten about, despite him managing to finish second.

His 2024 Masters doesn’t appear to be following a similar pattern. The Lefty bogeys the first after his iron into the first green comes up a tad short. He then chips to eight feet leaving a tricky putt for par, which he can’t drop in.

Is appears Augusta – where he won three Masters titles – can’t inspire Mickelson to turn around the lackluster game he’s been suffering through on LIV.

DeChambeau starts with back-to-back birdies

Garcia’s fellow LIV rebel Bryson DeChambeau is also out on the course but he’s enjoying a much better start.

The American has birdied his first three holes to sit atop the leaderboard. Not too shabby, Bryson, not too shabbing at all.

This is the man who declared that Augusta National, one of the most prestigious courses in golf, played as a par 67 for a player like him. Spoiler alert: DeChambeau has yet to ever play Augusta in 67. In fact, since making that claim in 2020, DeChambeau has only finished under par once,

But maybe, just maybe, this could be the year Bryson.

Fashion statement from Garcia

It will be hard to miss Sergio Garcia today. Although he’ll be hoping everyone will have somehow missed his opening tee shot.

It appears Garcia is refamiliarising himself with the aboreal sights of Augusta National after his time away on the rebel circuit.

With his drive, the Spaniard takes a trip into the trees. He knocks his ball back out onto the fairway and somehow escapes with par.

Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 11, 2024 Spain's Sergio Garcia hits his approach on the 1st hole during the first round REUTERS/Mike Segar
Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 11, 2024 Spain's Sergio Garcia looks up at trees alongside the 1st fairway during the first round REUTERS/Mike Segar

Lamprecht makes strides

Christo Lamprecht is more giant than amateur. Standing at an incredible 6ft 8in, the South African has gone full send.

A student at nearby Georgia Tech, he’s no stranger to Augusta and he’s putting his local knowledge and muscle to good use.

He hits his first tee shot 353 yards. I repeat, 353 yards! That leaves him just 89 yards into the green at the first.

Sometimes size does matter.

Ole’s got the shakes

Olazabal has an, erm, interesting warm up routine to say the least.

A wet Augusta isn’t the warmest I guess, but surely he should be used to it having grown up on the Basque coastline!

Playing the waiting game

For those of you just tuning in expecting to hear about big guns Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler, I have some bad news.

ICYMI, thunderstorms threatened The Masters this morning. They tried but the show is still going ahead, just a little late. Okay, a lot late.

Play was delayed two and a half hours meanin | Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick and Nick Dunlap aren’t going out until 1.00pm ET/6pm, while Scheffler, McIlroy and Xander Schauffele don’t tee off until 1.12pm ET/6.12pm BST.

LIV rebels are unsurprisingly backing themselves

LIV Golf asked its players which one of them would be likely to emerge from major season vicotorious.

Defending Masters champion Jon Rahm was a popular choice – no surprises there. While Brooks Koepka backed himself. Shock.

Gary Woodland has sealed one of the most heartwarming comeback stories at The Masters.

The 2019 US Open champion has got his tournament underway just six months after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor in September.

He only returned to the PGA Tour at the start of the year but was offered an encouraging sign when he hit the first hole-in-one of his professional career at Augusta National Golf Club.

In the traditional Par 3 competition on the eve of The Masters, which sees players take part in a light-hearted event with members of their families serving as caddies, Woodland achieved the feat from around 140 yards out on the sixth hole.

Not the start he was looking for…

I bet Eckroat is wonder what he did to rub the gods of golf up the wrong way.

While the four at the top make birdies, the American starts his first-ever Masters appearance with a double bogey. That is brutal.

But don’t panic yet, Austin! Last year, a little-known Spanish golfer by the name of Jon Rahm – you may have heard of him – four-putted on the first to start his tournament with a double-bogey six. I seem to remember him going on to do pretty well…

Birdies drop left, right and center

And just like that Willet has opened the floodgates. His lead is extremely shortlived.

After the Englishman sunk the first birdie, everyone is getting in on the action.

Knapp, Van Rooyen and Moore all make ones of their own. Who said Augusta was hard?

It’s a tight one at the top… for now.

We have lift off!

Hear that? That’s the chirping of the first birdie of the 88th Masters.

And it’s from Danny Willett no less. The 2016 champion dials in a crisp iron shot into the middle of the green, almost pin high for his second.

He has a great look at birdie and sinks the 19-foot putt for the early lead.

Not a bad way to start your first round of golf since September, Danny.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 11: Danny Willett of England plays a shot on the first hole during the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Return of a former champion

Next up is another former champion, 2016 winner Danny Willett, who is making a return from injury.

The Englishman is back ahead of schedule after recovering from a complex shoulder surgery.

He’s off alongside Austin Eckroat and German Stephan Jaeger.

All level through the first

The flag is whipping around on the first green but the skies look to be brightening slightly.

Van Rooyen and Knapp both walk off with pars, while Group 2 of former champion Jose Maria Olazabal, Taylor Moore and amateur Santiago de la Fuente also make tidy work of the first.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 11: Erik van Rooyen of South Africa lines up a putt on the first green during the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 11: Jake Knapp of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the second hole during the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 11: Erik van Rooyen of South Africa putts on the first green during the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Flicking up and down your channel guide and yet not seeing a single golf shot? You’re not the only one.

While there are other ways to stream it, those who still watch traditional linear television are prevented from following the morning sessions of The Masters on Thursday through to Sunday.

So why is that the case? And how can a golf fan looking for their morning fix take it in?

Mail Sport has all the answers…

Here’s a closer look at that floral shirt from Van Rooyen…

Augusta is known for its stunning flowers, particularly the azaleas and it appears the South African has really taken that theme and run with it. Let’s hope he’s got one that goes with green for Sunday.

Still doesn’t quite rival Viktor Hovland’s from last year though. I’ve had a peek at the Norwegian’s scripting for this week too and boy, are we in for a treat.

Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 11, 2024 South Africa's Erik van Rooyen hits his tee shot on the 1st hole during the first round REUTERS/Mike Blake

On the tee…

… from South Africa and the United States, Erik van Rooyen and Jake Knapp!

The pairing officially get us up and running. Van Rooyen, sporting a rather funky pink foral shirt, is up first. It’s a slightl slice that finds the first cut of rough but he should be okay from there. Shake off those first tee nerves Erik!

Knapp fires off a beauty up the left side of the fairway. Nicely done and his caddie agrees as he cries out, ‘Lovely!’

Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 11, 2024 Jake Knapp of the U.S. hits his tee shot on the 1st hole during the first round REUTERS/Mike Blake
Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 11, 2024 South Africa's Erik van Rooyen hits his approach on the 1st hole during the first round REUTERS/Mike Segar

Shots for the ages

Speaking of adorable moments

The Wednesday before The Masters often provides the sweetest moments of the week as the players taking to the par-3 course at Augusta with the wives or girlfriends and children acting as their caddies.

The glamorous WAGs and other family members don the famous white boiler suits caddies wear at Augusta, with some even having a crack at a couple of shots themselves.

And yesterday was no different as the families took to the course again.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Max Homa of the United States with his wife Lacey and son Camduring the Par Three Contest prior to the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Brooks Koepka of the United States wife, Jena Sims, holds their son, Crew, during the Par Three Contest prior to the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Jon Rahm of Spain holds his son, Kepa, and walks with wife, Kelley Cahill during the Par Three Contest prior to the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Cameron Young of the United States holds his son, Henry, on the ninth green during the Par Three Contest prior to the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The Golden Bear’s a softie really

Augusta National has witnessed many iconic moments but Jack Nicklaus may have just provided it with its most adorable.

While being instructed to get into position for the traditional photo of the honorary starters and their caddies, the 18-time major winner shared a loving moment with his wife of 64 years, Barbara, who’s on the bag.

‘I’ve got my caddie right here,’ he declared while wrapping an arm around her shoulders.

An incredible player and loving husband. Get yourself a man who can do both, ladies!

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 11: Jack Nicklaus of the United States plays his shot during the first tee ceremony prior to the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 11: Jack Nicklaus of the United States and his wife Barbara Nicklaus greet Sir Nick Faldo of England on the first tee during the Honorary Starters ceremony prior to the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 11, 2024 Jack Nicklaus of the U.S. kisses his wife, Barbara Nicklaus during the ceremonial tee off REUTERS/Mike Segar
epa11272571 Golfer Jack Nicklaus (R) with his wife Barbara Nicklaus during the traditional ceremonial first tee to start the first round of the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, USA, 11 April 2024. The Augusta National Golf Club is holding the Masters Tournament from 11 April through 14 April 2024. EPA/JOHN G MABANGLO

And we’re off!

88-year-old Gary Player and 84-year-old Jack Nicklaus both make quips about the struggles of bending down to place the ball on the tee in their ripe old age.

But even well into their 80s, the icons both fire off decent tee shots. You never lose it… not that I ever had it.

Last but not least is Tom Watson, the young gun among this trio at the age of 74, and after taking a little dig at Nicklaus also finds the fairway.

And with that, Augusta chairman Fred Ridley declares the 88th Masters chamoionship underway!

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 11: Jack Nicklaus of the United States and his wife Barbara Nicklaus greet Sir Nick Faldo of England on the first tee during the Honorary Starters ceremony prior to the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Pin positions

For the course analysts out there, here’s where the players will – or should – be firing today…

T-minus five minutes

We are just moments away from finally seeing some action.

In less than ten minutes the honorary starters will get the 2024 Masters underway.

In one of the many beloved Masters traditions, three legends of the game will take to the first tee to hit the ceremonial openeing shots.

This year, the trio of all-time greats, includes Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson.

Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 6, 2023 South Africa's Gary Player, Tom Watson of the U.S. and Jack Nicklaus of the U.S. pose for a photograph with their caddies on the 1st tee during the ceremonial start on the first day of play REUTERS/Brian Snyder

When two worlds collide

It’s not just the golfers who are getting in on the action…

There was at one point last summer a hope that by the time the game’s best players were arriving down Magnolia Lane once again that the great divide would have healed itself.

Talks between the PGA Tour and the PIF continue around a merger, but it’s the Saudi-backed circuit who have proved themselves to be the ultimate poker player.

LIV gambled big again in its offseason over the winner, splashing out $500million to lure reigning Masters champion Jon Rahm to its plight, but the big-money wager could pay off at Augusta National.

Greg Norman’s band of merry men will rock up to Augusta for the second year since tearing the golfing world in two. Except this year, they won’t be scoffed at. This time they come with a spring in their step.

Jon Rahm puts on the traditional Green Jacket after winning the 2023 Masters.

Test for Tiger

Many of you will surely be wonering what the weather delay means for Tiger. And honestly? It’s not looking good.

The 15-time major winner will now not tee off until 3.54pm ET/8.54pm BST, meaning his chances of finishing a full 18 today are… zero.

The 48-year-old will have to play the rest of his first round tomorrow morning before hitting the course again for his second. With probably four to six holes to play on top of the 18 tomorrow, it’s going to be a tough task for Woods and his body.

Tiger Woods stands on the first green during the second round of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Who’s teeing off when?

With the weather delay pushing tee times back, here’s a refresher of what that means for the big names…

1.00pm ET/6pm BST | Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick, Nick Dunlap

1.12pm ET/6.12pm BST | Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

1.24pm ET/6.24pm BST | Wyndham Clark, Viktor Hovland, Cameron Smith

3.54pm ET/ 8.54pm BST | Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Max Homa

4.30pm ET/9.30pm BST | Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Tommy Fleetwood

CONFIRMED

The Masters has now verified Garcia’s report. Great inside knowledge, Sergio.

Play is officially delayed until 10.30am ET/3.30pm BST, shoving all tee times back by two and a half hours.

The Spaniard will tee off at 11.42am/4.42pm just as he reported.

Pretty decent from him to be fair. It must be difficult keeping up with tee times these days after two years of shotgun starts on LIV Golf.

The show will go on

We have an update… just not from The Masters.

There’s a light at the end of the storm, according to 2017 champion Sergio Garcia.

The LIV Golf rebel has insisted the show will go on as he took to X to reveal his new tee time of 11.42am ET.

That’s a two-and-a-half hour delay from his original start time, meaning it’s likely we won’t see any play until at least 10.30am ET (3.30pm for you Brits).

The Big Cat is back!

And he’s here to win.

Last year, Tiger Woods, five-time winner of The Masters, was forced to withdraw following the third round after limping around Augusta in visible agony.

12 months and another surgery later, Woods is back and eyeing a sixth win.

If everything comes together, I think I can get one more. Do I need to describe that any more than that, or are we good?

I still think that I can [win]. I haven’t got to that point where I don’t think I can’t.

Tiger Woods reacts as he talks with fellow golfers as they walk down the second fairway after their tee shots during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Tuesday, April 9, 2024. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 9, 2024 Tiger Woods of the U.S. reacts on the green on the 9th hole during a practice round REUTERS/Mike Blake
Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 9, 2024 Tiger Woods of the U.S. and his caddie on the green on the 9th hole during a practice round REUTERS/Mike Blake

Weather watch

The good news is that major championship golf is finally back after 263 days of waiting.

The bad news is that we’re being made to wait just a little longer.

The weather down in Georgia has delayed the start of play with the first round not expected to begin before 9am ET – that’s 2pm for those of you across the pond – per The Masters itself.

Here we go…

It’s finally here. Happy Masters Thursday!

Welcome to Mail Sport’s live coverage of the first round of the first major of the year as we bring you all the action from Augusta National… when it finally gets going, that is.

The good ol’ Georgia weather has delayed the start of play as thunderstorms roll in over Augusta but fear not, Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler, regining champion Jon Rahm and, of course, Tiger Woods will all be teeing it up on the iconic rolling fairways later today.

In the meantime, we’ll be bringing you all the updates. So settle in, slip on your green jackets and get ready for the first major of the year.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: A general view of the Masters logo on a hole flag during a practice round prior to the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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