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Masters day one photos

Arnold Palmer hits the ceremonial tee shot in misty conditions

Early morning mist greets Arnold Palmer as he gets the 72nd Masters under way with the ceremonial tee shot down the first fairway

Hundreds of patrons make their way to the first tee

Hundreds of patrons make their way to the first tee but the start of the competitive action at Augusta is delayed by the fog

Gary Player approaches the first green

When play gets under way, golf legend Gary Player makes his 51st Masters appearance - breaking Palmer's record

Englishman Luke Donald starts brightly

The fog soon gives way to glorious sunshine and Englishman Luke Donald is one of the first to capitalise with a birdie run

Ian Poulter at Augusta

He is eclipsed by Ian Poulter, who has the crowd oohing and aahing when he aces 16 before setting the clubhouse lead at 70

Sandy Lyle (right) with son and caddy Stuart

Twenty years on from his triumph at Augusta, Sandy Lyle is feeling the magic again, birdieing three and five to join the leaders

Tiger Woods has a frustrating start to his Masters

But things are going less well for favourite Tiger Woods, who pars the outward nine finding the odd patch of rough along the way

Justin Rose talks things over with his caddy

Two early bogeys force Rose to talk things over with his caddy. The result is superb... four straight birdies and six in eight holes

Defending Masters champion Zach Johnson

There is a strong European flavour to the leaderboard, but defending champion Zach Johnson gives America something to cheer

Phil Mickelson shares a joke with his caddy

And it's all smiles in team Phil Mickelson after "Lefty" opens his card with back-to-back birdies after an amazing putt at the first

Padraig Harrington, Open champion, at Augusta

Open champion Padraig Harrington suffers a double bogey at the 5th but is not out of contention at close of play on two over

Tiger Woods shows frustration

He is joined in the clubhouse by a moderately frustrated Woods on level par. But Woods saves his best for later rounds at Augusta

1992 champion Fred Couples

There is plenty to mull over for ex champ Fred Couples. He has never previously missed the Augusta cut, but is perilously placed on 76

Trevor Immelman

One man in no danger of missing the weekend is South African Trevor Immelman, whose 68 earns him a share of the lead with Rose

Lee Westwood has plenty of cause to smile

The resurgent Lee Westwood is not far off the pace himself. Another British name flying high on the Augusta leaderboard

Jim Furyk has his eye in at Augusta

The ever-solid Jim Furyk is on a late charge and joins Mickelson and Johnson to bolster the American challenge

Trevor Immelman salutes the crowd

It's still wide open at the Masters, but the day - and the lead - belong to Immelman...

Justin Rose pumps his fist

And to Rose, who incredibly tops Augusta's round one leaderboard for the third time - what wouldn't he give to still be there on Sunday?




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