SERGIO GARCIA turned in a bogey-free round to claim a share of the Masters lead.
Garcia shot a six-under 66 on Thursday, leaving him tied with Marc Leishman and matching the Spaniard’s best score at Augusta National.
Marc Leishman’s second go at the Masters began with an opening-round 66 that put the 29-year-old Australian in the clubhouse lead.
This is a course that has never suited Garcia’s game — especially his shaky putter. But he breezed around without a bogey on his card for the first time since 2002.
It’s still a reach to think this might be the place where Garcia wins his first Major championship. He’s had only two top-10 finishes in 14 Masters appearances.
But the way he played in the opening round could mean a change in fortune.
Dustin Johnson is one stroke back at 67 and Tiger Woods is just four shots off the lead after a 70.
Jamie Donaldson turned in the shot of the day, aceing the 180-yard sixth for the 24th hole-in-one in Masters history. He is only the fifth player to make a one at the hole known as Juniper, with its towering tee box and a green at the bottom of the hill. Donaldson was the first to do it since Chris DiMarco in 2004.
Guan Tianlang of China, at age 14, was the youngest player to qualify for the Masters.
He got off to a shaky start, making bogey on the first hole, but showed remarkable poise. When the ball dropped into the cup for a birdie at the third he pumped his right fist. He finished with a long birdie on No.18 to end his round at one over.
The kid was followed by his parents and several family friends but inside the ropes Guan relied heavily on his playing partner, two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, chatting frequently and soaking up every bit of advice he could.
T13 Lee Westwood each-way @ 31.0 *-2*
T4 Matt Kuchar @ 3.9 to finish Top 10 *-4*
T70 Hunter Mahan @ 5.0 to finish Top 10 *+4*
T33 Peter Hanson @ 8.0 to finish as Top Continental European *E*
T13 Back Tiger Woods @ 5.4 *-2*
MY E/W SELECTIONS
T56 Louis Oosthuizen @ 31.0 *+2*
T70 Hunter Mahan @ 41.0 *+4*
T46 Richard Sterne @ 201.0 *+1*
T70 Martin Laird @ 111.0 *+4*