AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta National Golf Club finally played like a par-67 course for 2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau in Thursday's opening round of the 88th Masters.

DeChambeau carded a 7-under 65 on Thursday to grab a 3-stroke lead when his weather-delayed opening round ended. Playing most of his round in swirling winds, DeChambeau had birdies on each of the first three holes and added five more on the second nine.

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World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler was 1 stroke back after carding a 6-under 66.

Play was suspended around 8 p.m. ET because of darkness with 27 golfers still on the course, including five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods, who was 1 under after 13 holes. The first round will resume Friday at 7:50 a.m. ET (ESPN). The second round will begin at 8 a.m. ET.


Nicolai Højgaard of Denmark, who is 5 under after 15 holes, and Max Homa, who is 4 under through 13, also are among the players yet to finish the first round.

England's Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, finished his round and was 3 back after carding a 4-under 68. New Zealand's Ryan Fox posted a 3-under 69.

The world-famous golf course had since delivered DeChambeau a healthy dose of humility. He tied for 34th at the 2020 Masters, 18 strokes behind winner Dustin Johnson. The next year, DeChambeau tied for 46th at 5 over. He missed the cut in each of the past two tournaments at Augusta National.


Scheffler, the 2022 Masters champion, posted a 2-under 34 on the front and then had birdies on four of the last seven holes. He made birdies on three of the four par-3s and three of the four par-5s.

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