Masters Leaderboard 2018: Updates on Golf's Top Scorers on Thursday

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 5, 2018

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05:  Marc Leishman of Australia waits to play his shot from the second tee during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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On a chilly Thursday morning, the 2018 Masters played out like a U.S. Open, with 52 of 60 players at or over par through 12:40 p.m. ET.

Some golfers managed to break through with red scores, however, as Marc Leishman led the way with a three-under 24 through seven holes.

Vijay Singh, who turned 55 years old in February, took the early lead thanks to birdies on three of the first four holes, but he dropped two shots on consecutive bogeys on the sixth and seventh. However, a birdie on the 11th hole brought him to within a shot of Leishman. A group of golfers sat tied for third at one under.

Here's a look at a quick recap of the top scorers. You can also follow scores and notable events via the Bleacher Report blog. The entire Masters scoreboard can be accessed through PGATour.com.

        

Marc Leishman

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All of the attention in the 10:42 a.m. ET group naturally fell on Tiger Woods in the 14-time major winner's effort to make a comeback following back injuries that have kept him off the PGA Tour for a few years, but Leishman turned some heads with three birdies through seven holes.

On the par-five second hole, Leishman got a kick off the edge of the green on his third shot to get within a few feet of the hole for a birdie attempt. A quick knock-in there put Leishman at one-under quickly.

Leishman then read a 17-foot birdie putt perfectly on the third hole to take the early outright lead. After three pars, the 34-year-old knocked a 137-yard approach shot to within five feet of the seventh hole for his third birdie of the day.

Although it's still very early, Leishman will be very hard to beat if he stays hot with his approaches.

          

Vijay Singh

Jack Nicklaus is the oldest player ever to win the Masters, having done so at the age of 46 in 1986, but 55-year-old Vijay Singh looked like he was going to crush that record in the first round at one point thanks to his three early birdies.

He knocked home an easy six-foot putt for birdie thanks to a beautiful approach shot on the first hole. Singh stayed hot on the second hole, taking a 167-yard approach shot to within seven feet of the second hole for his second birdie.

After a par, Singh left himself with yet another short putt on the par-three fourth, hitting his shot off the tee to within seven feet. Two bogeys then dropped him out of the lead, but he then knocked home a 36-foot birdie attempt on the 11th hole to assume second place by himself.

The three-time major winner (and 2000 Masters champion) has looked fantastic thus far. Can he keep it up for four rounds?

      

A Group of Contenders 2 Shots Back

Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman were three notable names out of a seven-golfer group sitting at one under at 12:40 p.m. ET.

Stenson has not fared as well as hoped at the Masters historically, as he has never finished above 14th in 12 tournaments. However, the 41-year-old started well this year, posting a birdie on the par-three fourth thanks to a 27-foot birdie.

Reed landed in the green side bunker with his second shot on the par-five second hole, but he made a great save and hit his third shot to within 12 feet of the hole. Reed then calmly sank the putt to go into red figures in the early going.

Hoffman, who shot nine under par through two rounds at the 2015 Masters and was tied for the lead after Friday last year, once again made some early waves at this tournament with an early birdie at No. 2. He stuck a great approach shot just off the green, leading to an easy pitch and three-foot putt to get to one under.