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Masters 2011

McIlroy, Quiros share top spot

The international flags over the main leaderboard at Augusta National Golf Club are flying proudly after one day of the 75th Masters Tournament. On the 50th anniversary of the event's first international champion, Thursday's opening round was truly a global affair.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Lefty's accuracy lacking

Phil Mickelson walked off the 18th hole at Augusta and headed straight to the driving range. He had just made his only bogey of the day, giving him a 2-under-par 70. The three-time and defending Masters champion finished his first round five shots off the lead.
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75th playing starts with legends

Arnold Palmer pumped his fist after striping his ceremonial tee shot down the left side of the fairway. Jack Nicklaus followed with a blast down the middle. With 10 Masters titles between them, the two legends showed Thursday morning that they still have it.
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Yang, Choi take different paths to 67s

After a spectacular eagle on 13, Y.E. Yang used consecutive birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to move into a first-place tie with Rory McIlroy at 7-under before he bogeyed the last two holes to fall two shots back of McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros with 5-under 67.
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Kuchar steals limelight from partners

Matt Kuchar was one of the American standard-bearers in the first round. The St. Simons Island, Ga., resident was one shot off the lead with three holes to play and settled for a tie for fifth with 4-under-par 68, his best 18-hole score at Augusta.
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'El Nino' appears to be getting his second wind

Of all the international faces that surfaced atop the first round of the Masters Tournament, perhaps none was a more welcome sight than the man formerly known as "El Nino."
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Goosen's hot start derailed by bogeys

Retief Goosen jumped to the lead of the Masters Tournament early Thursday when his ball dove into the cup on the first hole for an eagle. But Goosen stumbled down the stretch, bogeying the last three holes to card 70 -- five shots off the pace.
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McIlroy finds his footing on front nine

Rory McIlroy, the 21-year-old phenom who posted three third-place finishes in his past five majors, came to Augusta fresh off an extended holiday playing golf with his mates to shoot an opening 65 on Thursday, tying Spaniard Alvaro Quiros for the first-round lead.
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3rd time's charm for co-leader Quiros of Spain

Alvaro Quiros has just two thoughts entering today. First, he plans to hit driver on the first hole. Second, he wants to make the cut. Both of those are doable, considering the Spaniard's career round at the Masters Tournament. Quiros birdied three of the final four holes Thursday to match Rory McIlroy atop the leaderboard.
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Disqualification rule tweaked for technology

With cutting-edge technology allowing television viewers to scrutinize every player's shot -- and any rules violation -- golf's power brokers came together to announce a change that went into effect Thursday morning before the first round of the Masters Tournament.
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Villegas' struggles gone during round

Camilo Villegas picked a great time to grind out one of his best rounds of the year. The 2011 season could hardly have started more poorly for the 29-year-old Colombian, who has a disqualification, a withdrawal and three missed cuts in nine PGA Tour events. He used a hot streak in the middle of his second nine to finish with 2-under 70.
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Fans celebrate caddie's 50th Masters

Ben Crenshaw and Carl Jackson didn't exchange any words on the first tee about what was going to happen Thursday morning. They didn't have to. "We know what it is," Crenshaw said. That would be the 64-year-old Jackson's 50th Masters as a caddie.
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England's Fisher cards a relaxed 69

Days before one of the biggest tournaments of the year, Ross Fisher knew how to take it slow. He did so with a game controller in hand, two childhood friends by his side and the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters video game on the screen.
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Greens not easy targets at National

It's one of the most difficult feats to accomplish in a Masters Tournament round: Hit all 18 of the slick and undulating greens at Augusta National Golf Club in regulation. No one hit every green in regulation in Thursday's first round of the 75th Masters. Heath Slocum came the closest with 16.
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Golfers share Round 1 reaction

As the first day of play began, golfers expressed their excitement for the day and their thoughts for Japan. Then they put down their smartphones and picked up their clubs.
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Journal: Excitement made for a fun round

One of the surprise success stories of 2011, Jhonattan (pronounced Jonathan) Vegas is the first golfer from Venezuela to compete in the Masters Tournament. Jhonny Vegas will share his rookie Masters experience with The Augusta Chronicle.
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Amateurs deal with reality of dream

Any pressure Lion Kim felt Thursday as an amateur in his first Masters Tournament was all relative. The University of Michigan senior has a lot of work waiting for him back in Ann Arbor. "I'm missing about three exams and three papers," said Kim, 22.
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Golfers look to help Japan cheer

The hearts of the foursome from Japan were already heavy coming into the tournament. They hoped to use one of golf's biggest stages to uplift a devastated country. Then came Thursday's jolt.
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Putts hold Woods back

Long putts rolled close but rarely went in for Tiger Woods on Thursday. Still, the four-time Masters Tournament champion finished his opening round with 1-under 71 and a smile on his face.
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South Africa's Schwartzel jumps into contention

With one successful eagle chip on the par-5 eighth hole Thursday, Charl Schwartzel pushed himself into the thick of the Masters Tournament race. After a solid drive, Schwartzel went for the green with his second shot on the 570-yard hole and fell a yard shy of the green. He cashed in the eagle to move to 4-under.
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Byrds feel absence of late father

There was high emotion inside and outside the ropes Thursday as former Clemson golfer Jonathan Byrd played his first Masters round without his father in the gallery. Jim Byrd, who loved to watch his son play in the Masters, died in July 2009 at age 65.
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Chinese group thrilled to experience Masters

They flew more than 8,000 miles and took time away from work and family just to walk across the grounds. Nine Chinese residents made the pilgrimage to Augusta this year through a contest exclusively for Mercedes-Benz owners.
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Woodland rallies late to finish at 3 under

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The walk from the practice green to the No. 1 tee box at Augusta National is not altogether long. Enough paces exist, however, to get the stomach bubbling. Gary Woodland, however, insists the nerves he felt playing in his first Masters did not churn Thursday until he noticed the short stroll was lengthening.
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Topeka's Woodland leads Masters newcomers

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Gary Woodland was the last of 20 newcomers to hit a shot Thursday in the first round of the Masters. The Topeka golfer was also the best finisher among that group, carding a 3-under 69 at Augusta National.
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First round facts

Alvaro Quiros led the field with eight birdies, one more than co-leader Rory McIlroy, en route to shooting 7-under 65 and earning a share of a two-shot lead. A look at other first-round leads at the Masters.
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In the field

A relaxed attitude can go a long way on the course, and it helped Brandt Snedeker post 3-under-par 69 in his fourth Masters Tournament appearance. With three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this year, the 30-year-old Vanderbilt product came to Augusta with confidence. It showed Thursday on the back nine when he birdied Nos. 13, 14 and 15 to finish the first round tied for seventh.
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Fans corner

Even to a group of Auburn University students, some things can be better than football. "You can always go to an SEC football game, but this is something special," said Stege Wheeler, 22, about his first Masters Tournament.
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Junior patron of the day

Catherine Senne, of Conyers, Ga., is visiting the Masters for the second time.
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What to expect: Making the cut

Getting to the Masters is quite an accomplishment. Making it to the weekend is even more impressive. The field will be cut to the low 44 players and ties after today's second round. Anyone within 10 shots of the lead also makes it.
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Where to go: Amen Corner

There's no better place to soak up the atmosphere of the Masters than the spot where Nos. 11, 12 and 13 meet.
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Masters Insider: Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama won the Asian Amateur to earn his first invitation to the Masters.
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