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The Masters: Surprising names at the top of the leader board

Tiger Woods called his first day at August a "good start." (file). Tiger Woods called his first day at August a "good start." (file). Image source: Associated Press

   AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Spain's Sergio Garcia and Australia's Marc Leishman -- a pair that has compiled exactly zero major titles between them -- are the surprise first-round leaders at the 77th Masters. Garcia posted a bogey-free 6-under 66 playing in the afternoon to grab a share of the lead with Leishman, who ran off a string of four straight birdies on the way to the 66 he posted early in the day.

   Long-hitting Dustin Johnson, another player without a major to his name, finds himself just a shot back after a 67.

   Fifty-three year old Fred Couples showed he still can play the tough Augusta National course with a 4-under 68, that puts him in a group of players along with former champ Trevor Immelman.

   Four-time champ Tiger Woods posted a 2-under 70.  That's only two shots off the best first-round score Woods has ever posted at Augusta, where he is seeking his fifth green jacket. Woods has not won a major in five years.

   Chinese teenager Guan Tianlang had an impressive Augusta National debut with a 1-over 73. The 14-year-old became the youngest person to play in the Masters.

   Jamie Donaldson had one of the day's highlights with a hole-in-one on the sixth hole, but could only muster a 74.

 

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