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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
Masters photos

Australia's Rod Pampling tees off on the first

Australia's Rod Pampling has the honour of hitting the opening tee shot of the 70th Masters at the Augusta National Club

Nick Faldo lines up a putt on the first green

Britain's Nick Faldo, a three-time winner at Augusta, is among the early starters, but cards a torrid seven-over 79

South Africa's Gary Player birdies the first

Gary Player birdies the first hole of his 49th Masters to share the lead, but drops back after a double bogey on three

Tiger Woods anxiously watches his drive on the first

Defending champion Tiger Woods sends his opening drive left, but makes a solid start with two pars

Ian Woosnam plays out of a bunker on the first

Former champion Ian Woosnam finds the going a little tougher though, dropping three shots in the opening seven holes

Woods endures a mixed day at Augusta

Woods endures a mixed day but manages to hole an impressive birdie putt at the last to secure a level-par 72

Rocco Mediate waits to putt on the 17th green

America's Rocco Mediate cards a four-under par 68 to grab the early clubhouse lead at Augusta

Vijay Singh drives down the seventh fairway

But the 2000 champion Vijay Singh grabs the overnight lead - four birdies in five holes help him to a five-under-par 67

Retief Goosen plays an approach shot

South Africa's Retief Goosen stays in contention at two under alongside compatriot Tim Clark

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke smiles to the spectators

A colourful Darren Clarke cards a level-par 72 consisting of one eagle, one double bogey and 16 pars

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson, the 2004 champion, finishes strongly with two birdies in his last four holes to climb into fourth on two under

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