Tradition like no other is back and better than ever.

Jon Rahm is back after a nightmare start, Brooks Koepka is putting the LIV Golf on his back and Tiger Woods is back at Augusta.

Here’s everything you need to know about the first round of the Masters:

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The return of Jon Rahm

Rahm made it to the first regulation hole, but a brutal four putt opened his scorecard with a double bogey.

Jon Rahm of Spain salutes after his putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday, April 6, 2023, in Augusta, Georgia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

It is no coincidence that he is one of the favorites to win his first green jacket. Rahm was unconscious for the rest of the afternoon, it was nine below zero for the rest of the day.

Rahm answered his double with back-to-back birdies, and after another at seven, he made an eagle eight, and it was a whole new game of ball. After four straight pars, he birdied four of his last six holes and entered the clubhouse tied for the lead with Viktor Hovland after a 65-under par. It is the lowest score in Masters history after a player opened with a double bogey or worse.

Welcome back, Brooks Koepka

Koepka was one of the biggest names to defect to LIV Golf last year, and this is his first Masters since. He missed the cut in his previous two appearances after finishing tied for second in 2019.

Not many of LIV’s players did much, but Koepka’s name is at the top of the rankings, along with Rahm and Viktor Hovland, at 7-under. Koepka birdied the last two holes of the day to reach that number.

Brooks Koepka of the United States reacts to his birdie on the 18th green during the first round of the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia.

Brooks Koepka of the United States reacts to his birdie on the 18th green during the first round of the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia. (Andres Redington/Getty Images)

Despite his controversial move to the LIV, Koepka has flown under the radar. But it’s no secret that Koepka goes into a different mode in the majors. Last year was a different story. He missed two cuts and finished tied for 55th at the PGA Championship and then 55th at the US Open.

On Netflix’s «Free Swing,» he didn’t shy away from opening up about his recent struggles. Now, in his eighth Masters, he looks to return to his dominance from 2017 to 2019.

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Tiger Woods’ Ups and Downs Afternoon

Woods shot an up-and-down 74 in the first round Thursday, his fifth round of competitive golf this year.

Woods bogeyed three of his first seven holes, but birdied eight to get within 2 over. He even played golf the rest of the round.

Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia.

Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia. (Andres Redington/Getty Images)

After bogeying the 11th to start the Amen Corner, Woods birdied the 15th and 16th, the first of which came on a 30-foot putt at the par-5. But, after hitting back-to-back bunkers at the 18, he had to settle for a bogey to end his round.

Woods’ chances of winning a sixth green jacket seem slim, but a win would tie him with Jack Nicklaus for the most ever.

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Woods has advanced to Saturday in 22 consecutive Masters he has played and has not missed the cut since 1996. If he makes the cut on Friday, he will tie the record for most consecutive cuts made in the tournament, joining Gary Player and Fred Couples.

other notes

Defending champion Scottie Scheffler won the second hole of the day, but settled at 2-under on the remaining 16 holes. He finished with a four-under-par 68.

Still in his quest for his first green jacket, Rory McIlroy again had a slow first round. Five birdies, three bogeys and a double make 72 par for the 33-year-old.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 18th green during the first round of the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 18th green during the first round of the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia. (Andres Redington/Getty Images)

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Hovland’s 65 is the lowest score by anyone paired with Woods. Not many players welcome the crowd Tiger brings, but the Norwegian seems to be handling it well.

Sam Bennett is 4 under. I never heard of him? Well, it’s because he’s an amateur. Bennett attends Texas A&M and earned a trip to the tournament by winning the US Amateur at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus. That win also earned him a bye for The Open Championship later this year. He finished tied for 49th at the US Open last year.

Oh, and Fred Couples shot a 1 low. The legend continues.