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2022 Masters First-Round Leader: Sungjae Im Edges Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson

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Sungjae Im is the first-round leader at Augusta after shooting five-under Thursday at the 2022 Masters.

Im, who edged out Australian Cameron Smith by one stroke, closed at +6000 at DraftKings to pace the field after Thursday.

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The Masters Leaderboard (After Round 1)

Rank Golfer Total
1 Sungjae Im -5
2 Cam Smith -4
T3 Danny Willett -3
T3 Joaquin Niemann -3
T3 Scottie Scheffler -3
T3 Dustin Johnson -3
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Smith held a three-shot lead at one point on the back nine, thanks to playing bogey-free golf between hole Nos. 2-17. However, his opening round was bookended by a pair of double bogeys.

BetMGM in particular dodged a massive bullet. Smith’s 8.8% handle was the most in the first-round leader market at the sportsbook;.Sam Burns (4.9%) and Scottie Scheffler (4.6%) were Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

Dustin Johnson was in the mix all afternoon, but a bogey on 17 took him out of the running, giving the opening edge to Im.

Jon Rahm closed as the overall betting favorite at BetMGM for the entire tournament (+1100), followed by Justin Thomas (+1200), Smith (+1400), Johnson (+1600) and Scheffler (+1600).

Smith is the current favorite (+550) at DraftKings entering the weekend; Im, meanwhile, is fourth at +850, behind Johnson (+600) and Scheffler (+750).

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, posted three birdies and a couple bogeys in a 1-under par round of 71. Thursday’s opening round at Augusta marked Woods’ first round of competitive golf since Nov. 2020.

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