The Masters 2024: Live scoreboard, updates, how to watch day one at Augusta

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Wild weather is set to wreak havoc at Augusta with thunderstorms forecast across the opening round (starting early Friday AEST) – but that won’t stop an Aussie assault, according to Ian Baker-Finch.

Cameron Smith and Min Woo Lee enter the tournament under a cloud of ill-health, but Masters broadcaster Baker-Finch expects Smith to fire.

“He’s obviously proven he can play well around here, finishing second and shooting four rounds in the 60s (in 2020),” Baker-Finch said.

“Without the cliche of ‘beware the sick golfer’, he just wanted to make sure he was ready for this week.

“Last week (LIV Miami) didn’t mean as much to him, so he made sure he was ready for this week.

“He’s definitely got the game and he’s always going to be one of those guys who you think will do well around here.

“I haven’t asked him personally, ‘How sick are you?’ but he doesn’t look too sick to me. He played okay yesterday and I think he’ll be fine.

“I think you are quite drained after every day here. It’s a tough walk and a lot of effort goes in.”

Baker-Finch said it was “inevitable” an Australian would win again at Augusta.

“Why did it take 73 years for Scotty (Adam Scott) to win in 2013 and all of the close calls? I forget how many it is, but it’s well over 20 opportunities,” he said.

“Greg (Norman) had seven or eight of them. Pazza (Craig Parry) had a couple of chances, never putted well (on) the back nine.

“It means so much to us – the mystique – the history of it all. Why Australians haven’t won more is nebulous, there’s no direct answer to it. Maybe this year Min Woo Lee fires up and does something creative, Smithy, maybe, comes back and does it. Cam Davis has got the game if he can finish it off.

“They are all really a chance. You’ve got to be a good ball striker …

“You’d think (we were overdue) right? It’s about time an Australian won another green jacket. We certainly have the talent and we keep producing great talent … I think it’s inevitable.”

American Rickie Fowler will have to make history if he’s to win.

Fowler won the traditional par-3 competition on Wednesday — but no winner has ever gone on to claim the Masters after saluting on Augusta’s secondary track.

Originally published as The Masters 2024: Live scoreboard, updates from day one at Augusta

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