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Summary

  1. Rory McIlroy chasing career Grand Slam at Augusta
  2. McIlroy opens with one-under-par 71
  3. Jordan Spieth leads by three on -8
  4. England's Justin Rose tied second on -5
  5. Defending champion Bubba Watson finishes -1
  6. Sergio Garcia -4; Paul Casey -3; Tiger Woods +1

Live Reporting

By Ben Dirs, Aimee Lewis, Jonathan Jurejko and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right, that's your lot for tonight, see you on the morrow.

  2. Round one leaderboard

    America's Jordan Spieth leads by three

    -8 Spieth (US); -5 Hoffman (US), Rose (Eng), Els (SA), Day (Aus); -4 Henley (US), Garcia (Spa);-3 Haas (US), Simpson (US), Casey (Eng), Palmer (US)

    Selected others: -2 Mickelson (US); -1 Willett (Eng), T Watson (US), Gallacher (Sco), McIlroy (NI), B Watson (US), G MCDowell (NI); Level Harrington (Ire) +1 Poulter (Eng), Westwood (Eng), Woods (US); +2 Lyle (Sco), Donaldson (Wal); +3 Donald (Eng), Woosnam (Wal)

    Full leaderboard (official website)

  3. Post update

    Well, a fascinating opening day at Augusta, with plenty of low scoring in favourable conditions and a few stunning performances. None more so than 21-year-old American Jordan Spieth, who continued his recent good form with an eight-under 64, just failing to match the course record by one shot.

  4. Day cards 67, Garcia 68

    Fowler in with a one-over 73, Garcia makes a fine save at the last for a 68. Day with a six-footer for par... nails it for a 67 and a tie for second, with England's Justin Rose, American Charley Hoffman and South Africa's Ernie Els. And that's that...

  5. Post update

    Garcia with his third at 18 and he stiffs it to within a few feet from the bunker. Tiger being interviewed on the box, he looks pretty pleased with his work today. As he should, that was a proper grafter's round of golf.

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    Sergio Garcia

    Garcia leaps out of the frying pan and into the fire, more sand for the Spaniard down the last. Fowler safely on in two. Day, like Garcia, playing from Lyle's bunker and, like Garcia, he shows just how good that shot was from Lyle back in 1988 - good enough, but over the back.

  7. Woods cards one-over 73

    Jamie Donaldson

    Welshman Jamie Donaldson leaves his par putt right at 18 and finishes with a two-over 74. Woods does make his par putt disappear for a 73. Much work to do tomorrow, but he's given himself a good chance of making the weekend. Jimmy Walker matches his score, quite a few good judges were tipping him this week.

  8. Post update

    Woods putting from miles out at 18 and that's a fine effort from there, he should pop in for par and a pretty decent round of 73. Some wayward play but his short game was demonically good at times.

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    Tiger Woods

    A rousing welcome for Woods at the last, although his approach was not much cop. Garcia tugs his tee shot left at 18, Day's done the same and found sand. Not just any sand, but Lyle's Bunker.

  10. Day bogeys 17, is -5

    Jason Day

    England's Luke Donald is two over through 17, I'll let you know how he finishes up. Day's sand escape at 17 is pretty ordinary. That's a fine birdie attempt by Garcia, he'll stay -4. Dubuisson of France is in with a two-over 74, I think he made a rare birdie at the last. Day bogeys 17, he drops into a four-way tie for second and leaves Spieth three shots clear.

  11. Post update

    Masters leader Jordan Spieth talking to Sky Sports: "That was very special. The greens were softer and a little slower than they will be the rest of the week which allowed me to fire shots into the greens,. Last year I was tentative but this year I was a little more ready to fire at the pins, knowing I had receptive greens.

    "The 15th is one of the easiest holes and [at eight under] I was thinking I could post a nine under round. That would have been incredible and that is what I was thinking coming down the stretch.

    "I didn't do that. I had a bit of a mud ball and was a bit between clubs [for my second shot]. It was my only mistake but nice to make a birdie on 18."

  12. Post update

    Day looking for six straight birdies but he's pushed his drive at 17. The Aussie having to threadle it through the trees - he does so, but finds sand. Woods at 18 and that's a corker, fading it round the corner. Garcia safely on in two at 17, as is Fowler.

  13. Post update

    Woods for birdie at 17, a slippery eel of a putt down the slope... started left and stayed left but should make par. Playing partner Jimmy Walker walks away with a bogey, he's one over. Donaldson of Wales muffs his birdie attempt, stays one over. Woods also one over heading down the last.

  14. Post update

    Graeme McDowell, speaking to Sky Sports: "I hung in there well despite not driving the ball well. To shoot one under is a pleasing start but there's a bit of work to do tomorrow. The greens are more receptive than I've ever seen so it's difficult to adjust when in your mind you're used to them being faster. They are fast but not scary fast. There's certainly scope for them to be dried out."

  15. Post update

    Tiger Woods

    Woods with his second at 17, from the middle of the fairway it might surprise you to hear. Right into the middle of the green. Garcia makes par back at 16, stays -4 and four off the lead.

  16. Day birdies 16, is -6

    Jason Day and Sergio Garcia

    What know you of Jordan Spieth? He's 21, from Dallas and won the US Junior Amateur in 2009 and 2011, joining Tiger Woods as its only multiple winners. He has two wins on the PGA Tour. Jason Day makes it five straight birdies after a magnificent tee shot at the par-three 16th, the Aussie is six under and two off the lead.

  17. Spieth cards 64, leads on -8

    Jordan Spieth

    Billy Horschel is in with a 70, he's one of 30 men under par so far. Spieth has made his long-range birdie putt disappear! That's a 64 and he has the clubhouse lead, by three shots. The last man to make nine birdies in a round at Augusta was Tiger in 2011.

  18. Post update

    Rickie Fowler

    Garcia has got eight feet for birdie at 15, slightly left to right... misses by a whisker, he stays four under. Fowler makes a par to stay +1.

  19. Day birdies 15, is -5

    Jason Day

    Spieth from the middle of the fairway at 18 and that's a fine approach, he's got a birdie chance for a 64. Garcia pops his third at 15 to within birdie range. Kuchar bogeys the last for a round of 72. Daybirdies 15 to get to -5...

  20. Post update

    Tiger Woods

    Woods with seven iron at 16... good enough, makeable birdie attempt from there. Day's third at 15 is with a wedge and that's a peach, he could make birdie from there. Woods for a two at 16, from 25 feet... a few revolutions short, stays +1.

  21. Graeme McDowell cards 71

    Garcia into the 15th... he's overcooked that by miles, bit of adrenalin kicking in down the stretch. The 18th is the hardest hole on the course today, playing 4.51. McDowell edges that average a little bit higher with a bogey, the Northern Irishman is in with a 71.

  22. Leaderboard

    Jordan Spieth leads by two shots

    -7 Spieth (US) after 17 -5 Hoffman (US), Rose (Eng), Els (SA) -4 Henley (US), Day (Aus) 14, Garcia (Spa) 14-3 Haas (US), Simpson (US), Casey (Eng), Palmer (US)

    Selected others: -2 Mickelson (US), McDowell (NI) 17, -1 Willett (Eng), T Watson (US), Gallacher (Sco), McIlroy (NI), B Watson (US) Level Harrington (Ire) +1 Poulter (Eng), Westwood (Eng) +1 Woods (US) 15, Donaldson (Wal) 15

    Full leader board (official website)

  23. Post update

    Graeme McDowell

    McDowell clubbing up the hill at 18. That choppy swing of his and he's overdone it, racing it through the back. Spieth stays -7 after 17, that cack-handed grip of his works a treat.

  24. Post update

    Tiger Woods

    Garcia creams his drive down the middle at 15, never been much wrong with his long game. Spieth has a left-to-righter for birdie at 17 and that's a beauty, he'll tap in for par to stay -7. My apologies, this tap-in for Woods at 15 is for par... it's a slippery one but it's straight in. Tiger stays +1.

  25. Day birdies 14, is -4

    Jason Day

    Garcia and Day are inseparable, Day follows in his playing partner for a birdie of his own. Woods very nearly finds the drink with his second at 15 but his ball digs in on the bank. Woods's third shot is decent, if a little bit firm, but he should make birdie from there.

  26. Garcia birdies 14, is -4

    Sergio Garcia

    Garcia in a spot of bother at 14, chipping on... NAILED IT! If that hadn't gone in, it would have ended up in South Carolina. The Spaniard is now four under, three off the lead.

  27. Post update

    Jay Townsend

    Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

    "I don't think any of us thought Tiger would chip and putt the way he has today. He had a perfect opportunity to blade it through the 11th and into the water but he played an excellent shot."

  28. The scoring Masters

    Couples cannot keep run up

    Jack Nicklaus may lead the way with six Masters wins, but who has this course nailed down to a tee?

    If we take players to have completed 50 rounds or more before today's start, Tiger Woods delivers the lowest average score of 70.86 strokes. Next comes 'Lefty' Phil Mickelson on 71.21, with Fred Couples third with 71.91.

    Couples has not had a great day, though, and will bump that average up somewhat - he is five over through 16.

    Tiger Woods, Fred Couple and Phil Mickelson

    The average score around Augusta - based on a par 72 - is 74.17, so the marks above are all the more admirable.

  29. Post update

    Spieth takes aim at 17 and that's a good swing, he's given his ball a right old rollocking. Harrington in with a 72, could have been better, could have been worse, he'll take it. Fowler not having a great day but he hits the pin at 14, although he might have been better off missing it.

  30. Post update

    Woods on tee at 15 and he's clattered it into the gallery. "Tiger, you dumbass," says Woods, as scattered patrons scrabble around in the pine straw. Probably would have been better off shouting 'fore!' instead...

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    Rory McIlroy
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    Jordan Spieth

    Spieth with a good save at 16, he stays -7 and two clear of the field. Three straight birds for Stenson between 13 and 15, the Swede looks to be shaking off that fever of his as his round progresses, he's now +1.

  33. Spot the ball

    Masters

    We have lots of pictures from day one of the Masters in a special gallery on our Facebook page.

  34. Carter's five things you never knew about Augusta

    5. What's in a name?

    Iain Carter

    BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

    The Masters flag

    Bobby Jones thought naming the event "The Masters" was too presumptuous but relented in 1939 when the tournament assumed its current identity.

  35. Day & Garcia birdie 13, are -3

    Jason Day

    Day curls his eagle putt close at 13 and taps in for birdie and -3. Garcia also goes close with his eagle attempt, also moves to -3.

  36. Post update

    Woods aiming way left with his irons today, every shot a cut, and he's not happy with his approach at 14. Playing partner Jamie Donaldson of Wales is on the same score, +1. Spieth with a long-ranger for birdie at 16... work to do to make par...

  37. VOTE RESULT

    How many more majors will Tiger Woods win?

    Our vote is closed and you, the BBC Sport audience, seem to think Tiger Woods is done for major championships.

    A whopping 69.5% of you say he will not add to the 14 he has, 13% of you think he has one more in him.

    Incredibly, 5.3% of you feel Woods can summon two more big titles and 12.1% believe he will win more than two majors.

    Remember Jack Nicklaus stands four ahead of Tiger on 18. Thanks for your votes.

  38. Post update

    Sergio Garcia

    Day, Garcia and Fowler all safely on in two at the par-five 13th. Spieth at 16, safely on, nothing more than that. Kuchar has nicked another shot back at 15, he's two under through 16.

  39. Post update

    Ernie Els, speaking to Sky Sports: "I didn't get off to a great start, my tee shot was way off in the trees and I had to scramble for four. My putting felt unbelievable today and has felt good for a couple of weeks. I am putting well, I felt patient and I felt in control, which is a nice feeling to have.

    "Experience always helps, being patient helps, like I was today, waiting for the rounds to develop. But the course can bite you. I have had great experiences here and some bad ones but today was a great one."

  40. Spieth bogeys 15, is -7

    Jason Day going with iron at 13, not sure why. He finds the fairway but is a long way back. Garcia has marmalised his tee shot with a three wood, shot gone for Spieth up at 15, he drops to -7. Another up and down from Woods at 13, his short game looks in pristine condition.

  41. Post update

    Tom Watson

    Two-time winner Tom Watson, 65, talking to Sky Sports: "At my age I was just hoping to break 80. It is a struggle when I am hitting three woods and three hybrids from back there and your playing partner is hitting an eight iron."

  42. McDowell birdies 16, is -2

    Graeme McDowell

    Spieth's chip from the bottom of the slope at 15 comes up short, he'll do well to make par from there. He certainly will now, he's left his birdie putt about 20 feet short. McDowell of Northern Ireland gets to two under courtesy of birdie at 16.

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    Jay Townsend

    Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live

    "My prediction is 149. That is the number I predict for Tiger's first two rounds. Five over and outside the cut line."

  44. Post update

    Victor Dubuisson

    Garcia putting from off the green at 12 and he's raced it miles by. Victor Dubuisson of France didn't make the cut on his Masters debut in 2014 and he's made an iffy start this year, he's three over after 13.

  45. Post update

    Jay Townsend

    Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

    "Spieth has got a tough up and down on 15 if he's to get to nine under but nobody else has shot better than 67 today. It's a phenomenal round so far."

  46. Post update

    Justin Rose and Gunn Yang

    Joint clubhouse leader Justin Rose, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a nice start. I was in a good pairing, there was a nice buzz and that worked well for me. The second round is key, as are all rounds, but it doesn't have to be about leading from the front this week, just good solid golf."

  47. GET INVOLVED

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  48. Post update

    Henrik Stenson

    Sweden's Henrik Stenson was feeling a little bit dickie heading into this week and he got off to a pretty ordinary start. But he's birdied 13 and 14 to drag himself back to +2. Big miscalculation from Spieth at 15, he's carried the green and will struggle to make birdie from there.

  49. Els tied for clubhouse lead on -5

    Ernie Els

    Els has a 10-footer for par at 18... leaves it just right and that's a round of 67 and a tie for the lead on five under. Shot gone for Day at 11, he's back to -1.

  50. Carter's five things you never knew about Augusta

    3. It wasn't always wealthy

    The club struggled for funding in its early days to the extent that they couldn't pay local suppliers for items like toilet rolls. Nowadays it is one of the wealthiest golfing entities in the world.

    Toilet roll passed between people
  51. How do I get a green jacket Bubba?

    McIlroy needs Bubba's par five prowess

    Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson

    In 25 rounds at Augusta, Bubba Watson is 53 under on the par five holes - numbers two, eight, 13 and 15.

    Rory McIlroy, in his 23 rounds, is just 23 under.

    Bubba Watson has two green jackets. Rory McIlroy has none, though he does own a few dodgy green shirts.

  52. Post update

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger almost holes his third from the drop-zone at 12, he should make bogey. Fine save by Palmer at 16, he stays four under. Els at 18, firing in from 167 yards, comes up short. Spieth on tee at 15, going with the big stick, mashes one down the middle.

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    Brooks Koepka

    Johanna Mackin: Koepka wins sharpest sartorial offering of the day for his vintage Hilfiger-esque ensemble.

    He may look good Johanna but he's melted down slightly. From three under on eight to two over by 14.

    Tweet us your views on today's play to #bbcgolf.

  54. Spieth birdies 14, leads on -8

    Ryan Palmer

    Ryan Palmer has birdied 15 to get to -4 and three off the lead. Woods's lid has been rattling for a few holes and now it's blown off at the 12th, where he's found Rae's Creek with an eight iron. Spieth pops in for birdie at 14, he's now eight under. For the record, the course record is 63, set by Nick Price of Zimbabwe in 1986 and matched by Greg Norman of Australia in 1996. No man has ever carded a 62 in a major championship.

  55. Post update

    Paul Casey

    England's Paul Casey, who finished with a 69, speaking to Sky Sports: "Any score under 70 would be a good one. It was wonderful to be out there making some putts and I could not be happier.

    "I am very excited. I have a different outlook on this, wanting to embrace the week and enjoy it. No matter how I play it is not the biggest thing in my life. There were a couple of interesting tee shots out there but I did not feel bothered about them, I was very much relaxed and played with what I was given."

  56. Post update

    Jason Day

    Day also saves par at 10 to stay -2. Spieth fizzes one onto the short stuff from behind a tree at 14... what a shot, he's got a four-footer for birdie. Woods is making plenty of saves today, he makes another clutch putt at 11 to stay +1. Ernie also saves par at 17, stays -6 and one off the lead.

  57. Post update

    Ernie's green envy

    Ernie Els does not have a green jacket in his wardrobe. Between 2000 and 2004 he finished in the top 10 every year at Augusta but since then, tied for 13th in 2013 is his best mark.

    Ernie els

    He has two Open Championships to his name and two US Open titles. Success aplenty but the 45-year-old has not won since his Open success in 2012.

  58. Post update

    Padraig Harrington

    Here's three-time major winner Padraig Harrington putting for birdie at 15 and in it goes, he's now -2. Jason Day having to improvise at 10, putting away from the hole and through the fringe and coming up well short. Woods with a peach of a chip at 11, no sign of those yips so far today. Garcia chips in for par at 10, stays -2.

  59. Post update

    Ernie Els

    Ernie threads his second through the pine trees at 17 but I'm not entirely sure where that ended up. He's got a fried egg in the bunker, good luck getting up and down from there. Spieth pushes his tee shot at 14, just as he did on 13, but he looks like he's got away with it again. The golfing gods are with him. So far.

  60. Master and the apprentice

    Ernie Els, aged 45, trails 21-year-old Jordan Spieth by a shot. Here's a fun fact about the pair from the European Tour on Twitter: When Ernie played his 1st Masters, Jordan Spieth was 254 days old.

  61. Spieth birdies 13, leads on -7

    Jordan Spieth and Billy Horschel

    Garcia with his second at 10 and he's hooked it into the pine straw. Spieth with a feather for birdie at 13... in it goes, we have a new outright leader...

  62. Post update

    Charley Hoffman

    Charley Hoffman, speaking on Sky Sports: "It was nice to get off early, it was not too warm and perfect conditions for me. I was able to take advantage. It was a nice finish and I am happy to be done."

  63. Post update

    Jordan Spieth

    Spieth with a doozy of a third at the 13th, he should make birdie from there for the outright lead. Woods at 11 and he's mangled one down the middle. There might still be a few things wrong with Woods's game, but a bad back wouldn't appear to be one of them.

  64. Ken Brown's break

    Ken Brown

    After your Ken Brown fix? Here he is relaxing between commentary duties. That is a bottle of Masters water he's holding but - in between sips - he has, as always, got his thoughts on the course: "The early conditions were absolutely perfect. First out was Charley Hoffman and so far he has the lowest score.

    "There is not a breath of wind. There was rain yesterday so the greens are softer. Conditions could not be better. That would favour players with less experience as the conditions are very manageable."

  65. Post update

    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy has been speaking to BBC Sport. On being four shots of the lead, the world number one said: "It really doesn't matter right now. I'm trying to be as patient as possible.

    "It was a solid start. Anything under par today is a decent score. I just chipped away at it and got a couple of birdies on the back nine.

    "I was nervous and excited teeing off. I have been wanting to get going for a while."

  66. Post update

    Ernie Els

    Spieth looks like he's laying up at 13 and indeed he does. Woods with a four-footer for par at 10, rattles it in to stay +1. Ernie takes aim at the 400-yard 17th and he's tugged that left to leave himself a spot of scrambling.

  67. Post update

    Can Spieth be stopped?

    Jordan Spieth

    Not a bad three weeks for Spieth - victory at the Valspar, second at the Texas Open on the last weekend in March and the same position a week later at the Houston Open.

  68. Post update

    Matt Kuchar

    Kuchar chips in for eagle at 13, moves to -1. Ryan Palmer remains three off the lead after a par at 14. Here's Ernie on the 16th, putting from 15 feet... too much borrow, stays -6 and tied for the lead.

  69. Garcia & day birdie 10, are -2

    Sergio Garcia

    Woods is slap-bang middle of the 10th, ball slightly above his feet, and he's leaked it into the bunker out right. Spieth with driver at 13 and he's sprayed it right... great break, ricochet back onto the fairway. Garcia drains a birdie putt at nine, he's out in two-under 34. Jason Day joins him with a birdie of his own...

  70. Carter's five things you never knew about Augusta

    4. Paying for the course was a struggle

    Iain Carter

    BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

    The club struggled to pay course designer Dr Alister McKenzie who died shortly before the first Masters (or the Augusta National Invitation Tournament as it was called) in 1934.

  71. Spieth & Els lead on -6

    Jordan Spieth

    Els on tee at the par-three 16th, right at the flag, another birdie opportunity uphill. Spieth on 12, to tie for the lead... walks straight after it, thinks he's missed it but the ball decides to drop in.

  72. Post update

    Padraig Harrington

    Padraig Harrington has made birdie at 13 to get back in the red, signs that the Irishman is rediscovering something like his vintage form of yesteryear. Woods with three wood off the tee at 10, draws it down the slope, nicely done.

  73. Els leads on -6

    Here's Ernie putting for eagle at 15, for the lead... squeezes it in with that short blade he's using again, the four-time major winner looks it very good nick indeed. Great par putt from Woods at nine, misses by a couple of inches, he's out in 37.

  74. Par-3 goes in fun direction

    Augusta's local paper

    Wayne Staats of the Augusta Chronicle writes: "As Niall Horan got whisked away on a golf cart from the Par-3 Course, a teenage girl sobbed. 'I love him so much,' the 13-year-old cried to her father. 'I'm never coming here again!'"

    Augusta Chronicle

    It seems Rory's One Direction hook up went down a storm at Augusta.

    "Sometimes it wasn't clear who was more popular with autograph-seekers, the top-ranked golfer or the music star," adds Staats.

  75. Post update

    Jason Day

    Jason Day, one of the bookie's favourites, very nearly makes eagle from 100-odd feet on nine. The Aussie is one under. Woods playing from the pine straw and he's clipped it onto the ninth green, well enough. Spieth for birdie at 11, down the hill but he doesn't hit it.

  76. Post update

    Ernie Els

    Ernie Els has got a shortish putt at 15 to go six under and into the outright lead. What an approach that was. Woods's frustration beginning to get the better of him - he sprays another wood at nine before swinging his club violently in the other direction. Hit it fat, about 100 yards, like watching Da Vinci doodling with crayons.

  77. Post update

    Graeme McDowell

    Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell misses the green with his tee shot at 12, he's level thus far. A lot of people backing Rickie Fowler this week but he's got off to an iffy start, he's +1 through seven. England's Luke Donald out in 38, it's going to be tough winning his first major from there.

  78. Post update

    BBC Golf correspondent Iain Carter has all the bases covered at Augusta, you can just see that Georgian sunshine peeping through.

    Iain Carter
  79. Post update

    Koepka has unravelled at 11, he makes a triple to drop back to +1. Spieth with a peach into the guts of the 11th green, he's got another very makeable birdie putt for the outright lead. Woods sprays one off the tee at nine, club falls out the back of the swing, he's got some patching up to do. Again...

  80. Post update

    Tiger Woods

    Woods's third at eight and it's decent, leaving himself a six-footer for birdie. Sergio Garcia has made birdie at seven to get into the red, Woods makes that putt to get back to level par.

  81. Happy Birthday Seve

    Seve Ballesteros

    The Spanish great and two-time winner at Augusta would have been 58 today.

  82. Spieth joint leader on -5

    Jamie Donaldson

    Brooks Koepka finds drink at 11, Wales' Jamie Donaldson is experiencing a tough start to his third Masters, he's +3 through seven. Another birdie for Spieth at 10, he joins the leaders on five under par.

  83. Carter's five things you never knew about Augusta

    2. Tight purse strings keep it private

    Iain Carter

    BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

    Plans for a grand clubhouse and housing around the course needed to be shelved because of the economic depression of the late 1920's and 30's. Otherwise it would be hard to imagine the ultra private and exclusive establishment that materialised.

  84. Spieth birdies nine, is -4

    Many thanks Luke, this is Ben Dirs. I join you as Jordan Spieth has followed birdie at eight with another at nine to get to four under and one off the lead. Woods at eight and he's got a free drop away from the grandstand. I'll let you know...

  85. Post update

    Woods finds extra yardage

    Tiger Woods

    There are claps for Tiger Woods but don't ask why as I have no idea. On the eighth fairway he lamps one with a fairway wood. A ping from the club. He clears the green and it's under the feet of a spectator who seems in no rush to move. A chip back down, Tiger will need another good up and down to make birdie on the par five and get back to level par.

    Our man Ben Dirs will talk you through it, over to you Ben...

  86. Post update

    Brooks Koepka

    Brooks Koepka gives one back on the par four 10th and will now be two under. He is a debutant remember and well placed.

    The men with a hot touch at the moment are undoubtedly Jordan Spieth and Ernie Els. Spieth works one into the 10th green - it's a par four - lands on the right fringe but takes a lovely little bounce and that will be another birdie chance.

    Els is on 14, also a par four, lofts it... birdie chance. Around 15 feet.

  87. Post update

    McIlroy ends day one

    Ryan Moore

    Round over. The early glares out of the way. Rory McIlroy ends day one a stroke under par. His long uphill putt on 18 affords a roll in, Phil Mickelson has the same finish but will sleep tonight a shot better off that the favourite.

    Ryan Moore completes the trio by almost holing out from the bunker on 18 - lips out - tap in, two over.

  88. Post update

    Ernie Els

    The Big Easy - Ernie Els - has never won here. He told us Rory McIlroy will do so one day when quizzed in midweek.

    Early doors it looks more likely the South African will as he birdies 13. He nearly eagled the par five but pushed it just slightly right. That is four under.

  89. Post update

    Hoffmann

    Co-leader Charley Hoffman, speaking on Sky Sports: "It was nice to get off early, it was not too warm and perfect conditions for me. I was able to take advantage. It was a nice finish and I am happy to be done."

  90. Post update

    Mickelson and Rory on 18

    Rory McIlroy

    Those geeky types like us at BBC Sport will know what the 18th green at Augusta looks like, a split level number. Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson don't give their approaches enough juice and will have to putt uphill onto the higher level. Birdie chances slim to none.

  91. Post update

    Jordan Spieth

    Tiger Woods, now can he follow up on that stunner of an approach to seven. It's a putt of 25 feet or so and it looks on line... short. He will stay one over.

    No sign of Jordan Spieth slowing down as he hits the turn. The man in red-hot form has 25-20 feet on nine... he has putter's walk. He knows it's in. Four under. Rory about to play on 18.

  92. Different days for the Willett brothers

    P J Willett

    "Brother Danny Willett shot under par in 1st round of his Masters debut. I swapped some switches. Who's living the dream?" - reads a tweet from the debutant's brother.

  93. Post update

    Danny Willett

    Danny Willett, speaking on Sky Sports: "If someone had said I would have finished on 71 before the start of the day I would have bit their hand off. It has been fantastic, the only thing that was different is I would have thought the drive in at 5.45am would have been easy but there were huge crowds. The crowds have been awesome, it gives you goosebumps."

  94. Post update

    Jimmy Walker

    Oh yes... Tiger rolls back the years. Is it 1997 again? Could this moment of magic ignite this round?

    Woods is behind a tree, left of the fairway on seven with barely a shot but he digs down on one and the ball basically disappears. No one knows what is happening other than him. Time for the moment of truth as it drops from on high... cure roars and whoops.

    It finds the heart of the green. Magnificent.

    One of his playing partners Jimmy Walker is inspired and follows by drilling one to within four feet.

  95. Post update

    Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson

    I wonder what Rory McIlroy would have taken at sunrise?

    Red numbers undoubtedly, but one under? He'd probably have liked more. Finds the middle of the fairway on 18. Mickelson is also on the nice grass.

  96. Post update

    Shane Lowry

    Splash. Who? Shane Lowry.

    The Irishman is in trouble on 11. Pulled it on the par four as he went big for the green.

  97. Post update

    Sergio Garcia

    Paul Casey ends with bogey and a round of 69 - three under. Jordan Spieth sends an eagle putt past and converts for birdie and three under overall through eight. What now for Woods? Yes. Solid up and down and he makes par on six.

    Sergio Garcia is following Tiger up the sixth and will take nine Iron... starts it right into the par three green. A monster... four feet away from the pin but wait, trickle, trickle, it rolls back down a slope and leaves a chip.

    Margins. Small but critical at Augusta.

  98. A break here, a bunker there

    Harrington gives one back

    Padraig Harrington's yardage book

    Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has been busy practicing, tweeting and scribbling this week.

    "Busiest yardage book of the year. Still adding notes every time I play Augusta. No course is as complicated," tweeted the 43-year-old.

    Harrington won the Honda Classic last month, his first PGA Tour win in nearly seven years.

    He pushes a putt past on 10 though and goes back to level par.

  99. Post update

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger shrugs in dismay with his ball in the air on the par three sixth. It's a first show of frustration from the 14-time major winner.

    Where will it drop? Where will it drop? We wait eagerly. Right of the green it's a reckless one but if he chips well he can haul a par here.

    Remember, the rumours were Tiger had the chipping yips...

  100. Post update

    Spieth good, Tiger bad

    Jordan Spieth

    Jordan Spieth, a par five, a chance to pick up a shot. Here he is in the middle of the fairway and wallop.

    It's green, it's probably 20 feet from the hole, it's a chance to move on from that mark of two under. Stand by for a Tiger mishap...

  101. Post update

    Paul Casey is going to have some nightmares tonight if he's not careful. The approach to 18 I mentioned leaves a nasty uphill chip, that drops short and he putts from the fringe. The putt loops right to left away from the hole and this is now tricky for bogey. A double looms...

  102. The look of anger

    Ian Poulter

    England's Ian Poulter, who finished +1 despite taking an early lead at -2, has revealed his frustration with his short game today. In a tweet that starts with an expletive, he wrote: "I only missed 5 greens, 1 up and down. Then 6 over for the other 4 greens missed."

  103. Return of Paul Casey

    England's Casey is -4 through 17

    John Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Paul Casey is back in the top-40 in the world and it is a welcome upturn in form. It is great to see his confidence back."

  104. Post update

    Casey in trouble

    If I had a pound for every time I've read positive stuff about Brooks Koepka I'd have at least a fiver in my pocket.

    The 24-year-old can absolutely smash the casing off a ball and he has an eagle putt on eight. It's long, make sits way up to the hole, the line is off but that will do him for a birdie and three under.

    Now then, Paul Casey is wearing a cap brighter than the sun. His ball on 18 practically orbits the sun as it whistles over the green and beyond. A nasty - no very nasty - chip awaits.

  105. Post update

    Webb Simpson

    A ping from Webb Simpson from the thing rough on 18, he does the exact same thing as Bill Hass, greenside bunker. The Americans are following one another up the final drag. What a sweet noise there was on that strike.

    Don't undo all your good work now Webb... three under for the day would be a great start.

  106. Post update

    No birdie joy for Lefty and Rory on 16, both will have short putts for par. Bill Haas on 18 dribbles one past and will end on bogey, two off the lead.

    Here is Tiger fifth hole, a left to right swinger from 25 feet... nope. A nice read but not the pace needed. Par.

    He is one over with five done, would he have taken that?

  107. Post update

    England's Justin Rose and America's Charley Hoffman share the clubhouse lead at -5

    -5 Hoffman (US), Rose (Eng) -4 Henley (US), Casey (Eng) 16, Palmer (US) 8 -3 , Els (SA) 10, Mickelson (US) 15 Haas (US), Simpson (US) 16, Matsuyama (Jap) 16 -2 Streelman (US), Reed (US), D Johnson (US), Schwartzel (SA) 15, Cabrera (Arg) 9, Koepka (US) 7, Spieth (US) 6, Fowler (US) 3.

    Selected others: -1 Willett (Eng), T Watson (US), Gallacher (Sco), Harrington (Ire) 8, Garcia (Spa) 3, B Watson (US), McIlroy (NI) 15.

    Full leader board (official website)

  108. Post update

    Rickie Fowler

    Rickie Fowler is never short of colour and his start has been bright. Dulled a little here though as he tickles a putt on the fourth hole - not enough gas. Bogey.

  109. Post update

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods, white shirt, grey slacks, white cap. Centre of the fifth fairway he rockets one and gives it the full gaze - solid into the heart of the green. An outside birdie chance.

    Rory McIlroy is on the par three 16th tee, picturesque over water. This is the famous green which slopes down to the hole on the final day and McIlroy plants his tee shot on the dance floor. It will roll down the slope for a tap in will it? No. Clings to the brow of the slope and he will now have a long putt across the slope. Margins. Very fine.

  110. Post update

    Bill Haas

    Bill Haas is four under par coming up 18, he sets one up from the left side of the fairway... wooosh. That swing noise is wonderful but is the shot? Not really, he pushed it right into a greenside bunker. Work to do for the American if he is to stay one off the lead.

  111. Carter's five things you never knew about Augusta

    1. An exclusive club

    Iain Carter

    BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

    When Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts first conceived the idea of Augusta National they envisaged a membership of around 1800 people with an entry fee of $350 and annual subs of $60. Actual membership levels are thought to be around 300.

  112. Post update

    Rory ups his game

    Rory McIlroy

    Now then, McIlroy has 21 feet for birdie on 15, surely not... YES! That ball rolls around the inside of the cup. Birdie, one under. Bogey for Woods on four - one over for day one.

  113. Post update

    Jordan Spieth

    What then for Jordan Spieth - 21 years of age, two PGA Tour wins already, his most recent less than a month ago.

    He tonks one into trees on seven but produces a stunning second to land 11 feet from the yellow flag. Delightful.

  114. Post update

    Noh Seung-yul

    Noh Seung-yul is another Masters debutant and his belly will probably be doing flips on Amen Corner. A par three, over water, the crowd watching on... plants it 20 feet from the pin. Wipe your brow son, a job well done.

    Tiger will make bogey at best on four, his effort from the fringe of the green goes past. Jordan Spieth is living up to his pre-tournament hype, two under through six.

  115. From grimaces to smiles

    Tiger Woods

    "I worked my ass off. That's the easiest way to kind of describe it. I worked hard."

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods did not hold back on describing his journey to the Masters after leaving us all in suspense as to whether he would turn out.

    The 14-time major winner took an indefinite break from golf to get his game tournament ready, now he says that time is "finally" here.

    "People would never understand how much work I put into it to come back and do this again, it was sun up to sun down," he said.

    Woods has just chipped from the sand over the flag t the fringe of the green and will have a tester for par on four - seven yards.

  116. Post update

    Jay Townsend

    Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live

    "My prediction is 149. That is the number I predict for Tiger's first two rounds. Five over and outside the cut line."

  117. Post update

    Bunker time

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger watch - the eyes in the galleries focus on his frame as he lines up on the par-three fourth.

    The hole named Flowering Crab Apple measures 240 yards but there are no flowers growing where Tiger's going - sand.

    Front-right bunker gobbles his ball. The yo-yo start continues. He started bogey, birdie, par, needs an eagle and maybe a double bogey for a full house. This hole could be problematic now.

  118. Post update

    Rickie looking slick

    Rickie Fowler

    How about a birdie-birdie start? Is it one of the outsiders feeding off adrenaline? Nope - Rickie Fowler.

    Tied for fifth last year, this young man has major-winner written all over him (not literally).

    Angel Cabrera makes the turn two under - a former champion chalking up some early red numbers.

  119. Post update

    Justin's great start

    Justin Rose
  120. Post update

    Bubba Watson

    The defending champion Bubba Watson ends with bogey to conclude one under for the day. No major damage but a blip to finish.

    What about the US Open champion Martin Kaymer? He destroyed the field to land that title in 2014 but he can only par the 13th - a par five - to stay +3.

  121. Post update

    Tiger yo-yos

    Tiger Woods

    You could say Tiger Woods has had a topsy-turvy start - bogey-birdie. The chaos continues.

    A monster drive on the par four third leaves him with a chip from 24 yards and he chunks it, a clink and a clank, 21 feet past the hole. Still a birdie putt. It'll probably drop such is his volatile start.

    He doesn't, taps in for par and Rose ends with par - five under for the day, joint leader.

  122. Post update

    Rose to lead?

    Justin Rose

    Thanks Ben, you hand to me as Justin Rose lines up for one of the key moments of day one so far. He has 21 feet for birdie on the last hole to take the outright Masters lead...

  123. Post update

    Victor Dubuisson

    Frenchman Victor Dubuisson has picked up a shot at the par-four third, he's in the red. Righto, I'm taking a break, here's Luke Reddy for a bit...

  124. Post update

    Andrew Magee

    American PGA Tour winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It is all about the weather and the conditions mean scoring is easier today. The greens are still full of grass, they are not that light brown colour that they will be by Saturday and so there are birdies coming out of the trees."

  125. Poulter & Westwood card 73s

    Lee Westwood

    English duo Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are in with 73s - not the starts they would have wanted, but not wrecking rounds either. Woods has almost found the green with a three wood off the tee at the par-four third. Whatever his recent form, he won't be leaving anything out on this course.

  126. McIlroy birdies 13, Woods birdies two

    Phil Mickelson

    Rose has made par putts of eight and nine feet on 16 and 17 to stay tied for the lead, that's the stuff of a Masters champion. Woods drains a four-footer at the par-five second to get back level. McIloy made that birdie putt on 13, is back level, Mickelson walks away with a scrambling par to stay two under.

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  128. Post update

    Rory McIlroy

    Mickelson with a lovely pitch from the drop-zone, he should make par despite going swimming. McIlroy putting for eagle from somewhere over in Alabama... that's a beauty, should pop in for birdie.

  129. England's Danny Willett reflect on his Masters debut

    Danny Willett

    The 28-year-old from Sheffield was in the clubhouse on -1 after a round that included an eagle putt on the 13th. He tweeted: Nice first day!! Some lovely golf out there and a bit up n down on the greens!! Nothing better than a cheeky 60 footer!! Boom!!

  130. Post update

    Kevin Streelman

    Mickelson's second at 13... splash, swimming with the bream in Rae's Creek. McIlroy, feet well above his feet... safely on. US Ryder Cupper Patrick Reed is in with a two-under 70, as is fellow American Kevin Streelman.

  131. Latest leaderboard

    England's Justin Rose ties for the lead at -5 with clubhouse leader Charley Hoffman

    -5 Hoffman (US), Rose (Eng) after 15-4 Henley (US), Casey (Eng) 13 -3 Haas (US) 14, Matsuyama (Jap) 13 -2 Streelman (US) 17, Reed (US) 17, B Watson (US) 15, D Johnson (US) 14, Simpson (US) 12, Mickelson (US) 12, Snedeker (US) 10, Palmer (US) 4, Kuchar (US) 2,

    Selected others:-1 Willett (Eng), T Watson (US), Gallacher (Sco), Scott (Aus) 14, McDowell (NI) 3, Spieth (US) 2Level Harrington (Ire) 5+1 McIlroy (NI) 12 , Westwood (Eng) 16, Lyle (Sco) , Donaldson (Wal) 1 , Donald (Eng) 1, Woods (US) 1 +2 Clarke (NI), Poulter (Eng) 17

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  132. Schwartzel birdies 13, is -3

    Charl Schwartzel

    Stephen Gallacher of Scotland is in with a very creditable 71, Schwartzel of South Africa bends in a birdie at 13 to get back to -3. Rickie Fowler is in the last group out and he's birdied the first, lots of people fancy him this week.

  133. Post update

    Jose Maria Olazabal

    Mickelson bombs one down the middle at 13, McIlroy flirts with the trees. Two-time champion Jose Maria Olazabal is in with an ugly 79, not quite as ugly as 2003 champion Mike Weir's 82. Defending champion Bubba Watson is two under through 16...

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  135. Woods bogeys first

    Tiger Woods

    Here's Woosie, with his second at 11. Best I've seen yet by some distance, not afraid of the drink. The 1991 winner from Wales is level. Woods walked away from the opening hole with a bogey after three-putting from 43 feet.

  136. Post update

    McIlroy's birdie attempt at 13 curls too soon and he stays +1. Mickelson rams in his par putt, stays -2. I hear Tiger has a five-footer for par at the first...

  137. Drinks needed in April sun

    An Augusta bevy?

    An Augusta cup

    BBC Sport's Ian Singleton at Augusta: "At the moment Augusta is sweltering. The course is packed with spectators in shorts sipping beer or soft drinks from their Masters 2015 plastic cups. These cups are clearly highly collectable with many carrying a stack of half a dozen empty ones to take home with them. The cost of a drink? $1.50 (£1.02) A club sandwich is $2.50 (£1.70)."

  138. Casey birdies 13, is -4

    Paul Casey

    It's Mickelson to fire first at the 12th. Lefty has been feeling the effects of arthritis of late but that's a total misread, racing it a couple of feet high and five feet past. Casey right in the mix, he birdies 13 to join that group on four under, one off the lead.

  139. Eye of the Tiger

    Tiger Woods starts his tournament

    Tiger Eyes and Tiger Woods

    "I've had some frustrating moments," Tiger Woods told the BBC with a smile.

    His relaxed demeanour has been a talking point this week, perhaps a man who appreciates just being at golf's most immaculate venue after a frustrating time of injury and poor form.

    But asked what he's looking for come Sunday he coyly told BBC Sport: "I'd like to win. I'd like to get another green jacket, I've got four, I'd like five. That's why I was practicing so hard to get ready at the highest level."

    We will know a lot more about his challenge in the next four hours.

  140. Haas birdies 13, is -4

    Bill Haas

    Mickelson on tee at the par-three 12th... solid, indeed a touch better than solid. McIlroy's is about as good, two birdie chances. Woods is on in two at the first, but he's got a monster for birdie. Bill Haas birdies 13 to get to -4 and into a tie for third.

  141. Rose joint leader on -5 after birdie at 15

    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose of England has birdied 15 to join Charley Hoffman atop the leaderboard on -5.

  142. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Will Tiger Woods make the cut? What will be the winning score? BBC Radio 5 live's Iain Carter, Alistair Bruce-Ball and Mark Chapman have been giving their views on what might or might not happen in Augusta. Feel free to watch the experts on the BBC Radio 5 live website.

    BBC Radio 5 live coverage of the Masters begins tonight at 20:30 BST

  143. McIlroy bogeys 11, is +1

    McIlroy has got a 12-footer for par at 11... slides it right, drops to +1. Mickelson from about 10 feet... he got a read from McIlroy, pops it in to stay -2. Rose has a two-foot putt at 15 for a share of the lead. Tiger Woods is under way, I'll let you know...

  144. Post update

    Donaldson about to start with Woods

    Jamie Donaldson

    Welshman Jamie Donaldson rocked up on debut in 2013 and had the cheek to down a hole in one.

    Last year the course didn't bite back at him too hard and he claimed the Czech Masters in 2014 as his progression on the European Tour continued.

    He also enjoyed the small honour of netting the winning point to claim the Ryder Cup for Europe.

    Could Wales have a green jacket heading its way 24 years after Ian Woosnam's success?

  145. Post update

    Rory McIlroy

    McIlroy with his third at 11, from just off the green... hasn't hit it, and neither did Mickelson, that could be two bogeys. Crenshaw makes it back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13, the two-time champion gets back to 11 over. Augusta got too big for him, but it's doubtful if there's ever been a better putter.

  146. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Augusta

    "Tiger to the practice area. The driver getting a thorough working-over from the four-time Masters champion, but it's the short irons that have been the main source of his travails in this truncated season. You've seen better chips come out of a microwaved cardboard box than the stuff Woods produced around the greens at the aptly-named Waste Management Open earlier this year. Can the old magic return at the scene of so many of his finest performances?"

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  148. Poulter double-bogey at 16, is +2

    Ian Poulter

    The marquee group has just appeared down the 11th fairway, Mickelson and McIlroy have both sprayed their approaches right. Pretty much everyone scared witless of the drink this afternoon. Double for Poulter on 16 after birdies at 14 and 15. The Englishman kept his ball dry but a duffed chip and a couple of missed putts see him drop to +2.

  149. Post update

    Dubuisson under way in second Augusta visit

    Victor Dubuisson

    He had a first feel of Augusta last year but can Frenchman Victor Dubuisson tame this course on his second visit?

    He missed the cut 12 months ago, shooting a 74 and 75, so needs a massive upward shift. But he's still only 24 and the Frenchman is still developing - involvement on Europe's winning Ryder Cup team last year will have undoubtedly been beneficial.

  150. Doubts about Donald?

    Luke Donald (tees off at 18:37 BST)

    Luke Donald

    Former world number one Luke Donald is bidding for his Major but with a poor power game off the tee compared to other contenders, it looks unlikely that will come at Augusta.

    The Englishman, who has three top three finishes in 10 Masters appearances, is ranked 187th in driving distance on the PGA Tour and his form so far in 2015 has been patchy.

  151. Post update

    Hideki Matsuyama

    Splendid recovery by Casey at 12 after an errant tee shot, he should walk away with a par. Matsuyama's birdie attempt stays a touch right of the hole, he stays -2.

  152. Latest leaderboard

    America's Charley Hoffman is the clubhouse leader on -5

    -5 Hoffman (US), -4 Henley (US), Rose (Eng) after 13, -3 Streelman (US) 16, Haas (US) 11, Casey (Eng) 10 -2 B Watson (US) 13, Simpson (US) 10, Matsuyama (Jap) 10, Schwartzel (SA) 10, Mickelson (US) 9, Snedeker (US) 9, Els (SA) 4 D Johnson (US) 13 -1 Willett (Eng), T Watson (US)

    Selected others: Level Poulter (Eng) 15, McIlroy (NI) 9, Lyle (Sco) 6, Harrington (Ire) 2, McDowell (NI) 1 +2 Clarke (NI), Westwood (Eng)

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  153. Reed birdies 15, is -2

    Bradley Neil

    At 19, Scottish amateur Bradley Neil is the youngest man in the field and he's +2 through six. Adam Scott, winner a couple of years back, is back in the red after a birdie at 13. Patrick Reed has picked up a shot at the par-five 15th, he's -2 and three off the lead. The breeze picking up a touch at Augusta National...

  154. D Johnson birdies 13, is -2

    Dustin Johnson

    Casey walks away with a par at 11, stays -3. Dustin Johnson putting up the hill at 13 - he's -10 at this hole over his career. Leaves it just right but taps in for birdie, moves to -2. Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez went out in level par but 'The Mechanic' has blown up coming home - bogeys at 10, 11, 12 and 14 and a double at 13, he's six over.

  155. Post update

    Stenson under way with room to improve

    Sweden's Henrik Stenson will need to seriously up his Augusta game if he is to win this week.

    Henrik Stenson

    His average score of 73.63 around this stretch will not bring home the bacon. Can he get off to a good start?

  156. Henley cards 68, one off the clubhouse lead

    Russell Henley

    Russell Henley is in with a four-under 68 and is one behind clubhouse leader and fellow American Charley Hoffman. Dustin Johnson with his approach at 13 and it's a peach with nothing more than an eight iron. Sweden's Henrik Stenson has just got chocs away down the first, he's playing with the much-fancied Jordan Spieth.

  157. Rose birdies 13, is -4

    Paul Casey

    Bubba has a longun for eagle at 13... rides it eight feet by. Our first sighting of England's Paul Casey, playing his second at 11... as with many, leaves it right. Casey has three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season and lost a play-off at the Northern Trust Open in February. Rose birdies 13, is back to -4 and a tie for second...

  158. Mickelson eagles eight, is -2

    Phil Mickelson

    Mickelson showing some form, he's just eagled eight to get back to two under. McIlroy, however, hasn't quite got going yet, he's out in level.

  159. Fordyce's Masters danger zones

    Hole 12 - Golden Bell

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Augusta

    What: 155-yard par three

    Why: Short, but laced with danger. Guarded by Rae's Creek at front, sandtraps fore and aft. Minimal margin for error.

  160. Gallacher birdies 15, is -2

    Stephen Gallacher

    Scotland's Stephen Gallacher is two under after birdie at 15, Ireland's Padraig Harrington kicks off with a bogey. Westwood wasn't saying his prayers round Amen Corner - bogey, double-bogey at 12 and 13, he's three over.

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  162. T Watson cards one-under 71

    Two-time winner Tom Watson is in with a 71, that's mightily impressive. Villegas of Colombia finished bogey, double-bogey for an even-par 72. If he only could, he'd currently be taking a seven iron to the locker room.

  163. Post update

    Rose has hammered his drive down the middle at 13, Bubba has carved his into the jungle out left. In case anyone was wondering, Russell Henley, currently second and also a bit handy with a guitar, is no relation of the Eagles' Don. At least not as far as I know. Any anyway, Don played drums. I think.

  164. Els birdies two & three, is -2

    Bubba saves par at 12 and stays -1. Tom Watson is also -1 after 17, could finish in the red. Patrick Reed picks up a shot at 13 to clamber into the red. Ernie Els, who has never won at Augusta, has come out firing with birdies at two and three, he's two under.

  165. Post update

    Bubba for birdie at 12... leaves himself a tricky five-footer coming back. Dustin with a 12-footer for par... straight down the middle, he stays -1. There are some big, ugly scores out there, including Mike Weir's +10 through 17. Rose with a nice birdie attempt at 12, taps in to stay -3.

  166. BBC Sport vote

    Who will win the Masters?

    Drum roll please... we are about to reveal the results of our first Masters vote. Earlier, we asked you: Who will win the 2015 tournament? Unsurprisingly you plumped for the world number one...

    Rory McIlroy: 29.8%

    Other: 14.4%

    Jordan Spieth: 13.7%

    Tiger Woods: 10.1%

    Bubba Watson: 6.7%

    Rickie Fowler: 6.6%

    Henrik Stenson: 5.2%

    Justin Rose: 5.3%

    Adam Scott: 4.8%

    Phil Mickelson: 3.5%

    Another vote will be heading your way pretty soon....

  167. Stenson suffering

    Henrik Stenson (tees off at 18:15 BST)

    Henrik Stenson

    Henrik Stenson is in his 10th consecutive year at the Masters but his preparation for this year's tournament has been hampered by flu.

    The 39-year-old Swede, who has not finished worse than fourth in his last three tournaments, had to withdraw from the Shell Houston Open last week because of the illness.

    He has never finished in the top 10 at the Masters, with his highest finish 14th, and only once has he shot a round in 60s at Augusta, a 69 in the final round in 2013.

  168. Casey birdies nine, is -3

    Mickelson follows bogey at six with bogey at seven and is back level. As is McIlroy, after a restorative birdie at seven. England's Paul Casey, the forgotten man of European golf, is out in three under. Would be nice to see him do well this week after a few years of travails.

  169. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Augusta

    "Bubba Watson might have been voted the player his fellow pros would be least likely to help in a fistfight, but the Augusta galleries are definitely in his corner. The two-time Masters champion says he even voted for himself in the poll - which is either the move of a pacifist or masochist - but he's thrown plenty of punches on the front nine, landing birdies on both the par fives as the committed Christian heads towards Amen Corner."

  170. Schwartzel eagles eight, is -3

    South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, champion in the McIlroy meltdown year of 2011, has eagled eight and is three under. Back on 11, here's Dustin Johnson skewing his approach right of the green. Rose on tee at 12... all over the pin and a half-chance coming back.

  171. Dustin ready for maiden major

    Dustin Johnson (-1 after 10)

    Dustin Johnson looks a great play this week.

    The 30-year-old won brilliantly at Doral in March and only lost in a play-off two weeks earlier at the Northern Trust Open.

    Dustin Johnson

    Johnson you may recall took six months off from the game last year to confront "personal challenges" but my word is he back and firing. He has never finished in the top 10 at Augusta.

    "I mean, the golf course, I feel like sets up very well for me," he said in the build-up to Thursday's tee off. "I've contended in all the other (majors), just not here. To me, yeah, this one sets up the best for me. I really can't explain it. I feel like I should play well here."

  172. Rose bogeys 11, drops to -3

    Sheffield's Danny Willett is in with a 71, not bad for a first try round Augusta. Bubba lets a shot go at 11, the defending champion drops to -1. Rose, too, gets too greedy and he drops out of a tie for second and back to -3.

  173. Upcoming tee-times

    Think you've already missed out on most of the Augusta fun? Think again. Plenty of big names have yet to stride on to the first tee including....

    17:42: Padraig Harrington (Ire), Ryan Palmer (US), Thomas Bjorn (Den)

    18:04: Matt Kuchar (US), Brooks Koepka (US), Graeme McDowell (NI)

    18:15: Henrik Stenson (Swe), Jordan Spieth (US), Billy Horschel (US)

    18:37: Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Luke Donald (Eng), John Senden (Aus)

    18:48: Jamie Donaldson (Wal), Tiger Woods (US), Jimmy Walker (US)

    18:59: Jason Day (Aus), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Rickie Fowler (US)

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    Bubba Watson and Justin Rose

    Justin Rose, one off the lead, leaks his approach right at 11 but he's got a shot. Bubba at 11, curving one in, and he's safely on the right edge. The unheralded Russell Henley of the United States joins Rose in joint-second after a birdie at 14. The 25-year-old has two wins on the PGA Tour. Type 'Russell Henley' and 'guitar' into your search engine and you'll see Russell Henley strumming his instrument.

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    Dustin Johnson

    The fancied Dustin Johnson is having a right old ding-dong with Augusta - he stumbled out of the blocks with bogeys at three and four but is now one under after 10. Two former Masters champions from the United Kingdom, Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle, are in the red after five and three holes respectively.

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    Stephen Gallacher

    Stephen Gallacher of Scotland, currently one under, for eagle at 13... leaves himself a six-footer coming back for birdie. Anirban Lahiri of India is playing with Westwood and Jimenez and he was level through 10.

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    Patrick Reed

    Tom Watson hasn't missed a Masters since his debut in 1970, when he missed the cut. He's only made the cut twice since 1997 but had a top-20 finish as recently as 2010. Patrick Reed has a win on the PGA Tour this season, he took out the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January.

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    Justin Rose

    England's Justin Rose, who flew in under the radar this week, is now one off the lead after a birdie at 10. Tom Watson has made birdie at the par-three 16th and is two under. Mickelson, playing with McIlroy, also made bogey at six and is now one under.

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    Ian Poulter

    Poulter walks away with a double-bogey at 11, after his long-range bogey attempt lips out. The Englishman drops back to +1. The punchy Patrick Reed, playing with Ryder Cup rival Poulter, saves his par and stays level. News from the sixth is that McIlroy has made bogey after what I'm told was a fluffed chip. There is nothing more likely to warm the cockles of a weekend hacker than the world number one fluffing a chip...

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    Charley Hoffman
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    Tom Watson

    Tremendous round so far from old Tom Watson, the champion in 1977 and 1981 is one under after 15 and still teaching the kids one or two things.

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    Camilo Villegas

    Camilo Villegas of Colombia has picked up shots at 12 and 13 and is two off the lead after 15. Villegas had two aces in yesterday's par-three tournament, so that birdie on 12 is less than surprising. Poulter is in seven shades of strife on 11 - hoicks out of the trees and straight into the drink.

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  185. Latest leader board

    America's Charley Hoffman is the clubhouse leader on -5

    -5 Hoffman (US) -3 Rose (Eng) after 8, Haas(US) 7-2 Villegas (Col) 14, Henley (US) 12, Streelman (US) 11, Poulter (Eng) 9, B Watson (US) 8, Simpson (US) 6, Casey (Eng) 6, Mickelson (US) 4 -1 Willett (Eng) 14, T Watson (US) 14, Gallacher (Sco) 11, Scott (Aus) 9

    Selected others: Level Westwood (Eng) 9, McIlroy (NI) 4, Woosnam (Wal)+3 Clarke (NI) 13

    Full leaderboard (official website)

    Tee times

  186. Fordyce's Masters danger zones

    Hole 11 - White Dogwood

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Augusta

    What: 505-yard par four

    Why: Monstrously long. Tee shot to be threaded through corridor of trees. Skinny fairway. Slim green fenced off by water.

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    Miguel Angel Jimenez

    Those old Ryder Cup muckers Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez are out in level par. Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, strongly tipped this week, is one under through seven.

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    Danny Willett

    Danny Willett of England, making his Masters debut, drained a monster, 64ft eagle putt at 13. He let one go at 14 but is still under par. Adam Scott, 2013 champion, has birdied eight and the Australian is one under par.

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    Ben Crenshaw

    World number one and pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy has kicked off his campaign with four straight pars. Poor old Ben Crenshaw, winner in 1984 and 1995, is without his long-time caddie Carl Jackson today and is +7 through seven. Crenshaw has announced this will be his final Masters but Jackson is not feeling too well, although he hopes to be back on the bag tomorrow.

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    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Augusta

    Phil Mickelson drawing in a big crowd

    "The Rory/Mickelson group drawing the biggest travelling crowds on this first morning, the seating areas around each green draining as the players leave and a stately scramble beginning for an advantageous viewing spot down the following fairway.

    "Sticky hot already out there, dark patches spreading under arms and in the small of backs of those standing in the direct Georgia sunlight."

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    Phil Mickelson

    Hoffman is 38 and hails from Las Vegas, via San Diego. He has five pro wins overall, including three on the PGA Tour. His most recent win was the OHL Classic last November. Phil Mickelson, winner in 2004, 2006 and 2010, is fast out of the traps, he's picked up birdies at two and three and is two under after four.

  192. Hoffman clubhouse leader on -5

    Vijay Singh

    Vijay Singh gets a lucky break at 13, his ball squirting right but not dribbling down into Rae's Creek. We have a very impressive early clubhouse leader - Charley Hoffman of the United States is in with a five-under-par 67, including five birdies and an eagle at 15.

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    Bubba Watson

    Another two-time champion Bubba Watson has birdied eight to move to two under par. England's Ian Poulter is back to two under after birdie at nine. I don't have many pics to write from, only the odd shot of Amen Corner, and here's Ben Crane somehow turning birdie into bogey at 13 and he's now +8. Augusta will take you to the cleaners if you're playing dirty golf.

  194. Post update

    Right, thank you Aimee Lewis, this is Ben Dirs for a few hours, and probably plenty more after that. Two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer is off in a minute, the German stalwart is playing with Austria's Bernd Wiesberger and Australia's former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy.

  195. Bad day for Clarke & Olazabal

    McIlroy

    Tom Watson, one under after 12 holes, continues to defy age and time but other old-stagers aren't performing so well on those beautifully manicured lawns. Ian Woosnam has bogeyed the first hole, Darren Clarke is three over after 11 and Jose-Maria Olazabal is four over. A double bogey on the ninth adding salt to the wounds.

  196. Red rage on par fives

    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy escaped a tight spot on the second - but his antics on the opening par five don't bode well.

    Last year he only played them to even par over the four days, eight shots worse than winner Bubba Watson who finished - you guessed it - eight shots clear of McIlroy.

    But, away from Augusta, McIlroy loves a par five and in 2014 he ranked third behind Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel by making birdie or better on 50.98 percent of his par-five holes during the season.

  197. Upcoming tee times

    So the likes of Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter are already out on the course. But there are still plenty of big names going through their final preparations on the practice ground. Here is the pick of those still to walk on to the first tee...

    16:36 Sandy Lyle (Sco), Seung-yul Noh (Kor), Bradley Neil (Sco)

    17:09 Zach Johnson (US), Jim Furyk (US), Ernie Els (SA)

    18:15 Henrik Stenson (Swe), Jordan Spieth (US), Billy Horschel (US)

    18:48 Jamie Donaldson (Wal), Tiger Woods (US), Jimmy Walker (US)

    18:59 Jason Day (Aus), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Rickie Fowler (US)

  198. Latest leaderboard

    Hoffman takes outright lead

    -4 Hoffman (US) -3 Henley (US), Rose (Eng) -2 Simpson (US), Haas (US), Casey (Eng), -1 T Watson (US), Woodland (US), Villegas (Col), Streelman (US), Poulter (Eng), B Watson (US), Reed (US), Bradley (US), Stricker (US), Matsuyama (Jap), Schwartzel (SA), Mickelson (US)

    Selected others: Level Gallacher (Sco), Westwood (Sco), D Johnson (US), McIlroy (NI), +3 Clarke (NI)

    Full leaderboard (official website)

    Tee times

  199. Hoffman leads the show

    (-4 after 16)

    Charley Hoffman is on fire. The American follows up an eagle on the 15th with a birdie on the 16th to take the outright lead on four under. In the words of Ron Burgundy: don't act like you're not impressed.

  200. McIlroy escapes trouble on the second

    Rory McIlroy (level after 2)

    To the left of the second at Augusta - the brilliantly-named Pink Dogwood - is a water hazard barely bigger than a Salford-sized puddle. And that is exactly the spot where Rory McIlroy hooks his second tee shot. But it proves to be little bother for the world number one on the 575-yard par five.

    The Northern Irishman takes a drop, chips out on to the fairway and plants his fourth on to the dancefloor. Within four feet. That leaves a simple putt to stay level.

  201. Eagle for Hoffman, McIlroy in trouble

    Charley Hoffman

    A stonking eagle from Charley Hoffman on the par-five 15th sees the early leader return to the top on three under, joining Justin Rose and Russell Henley. But news from yonder on Rory McIlroy and the Northern Irishman is in bother... stand by!

  202. Augusta takes left turn

    Fade it to win it

    It is widely accepted that 15th and 16th century artist Michelangelo - who painted the Sistine Chapel - was left handed. Had he taken up golf, he'd probably love Augusta.

    Creation of Adam

    BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce writes: "Established wisdom is that this is a course to suit the southpaws. Six holes feature a right to left dog-leg where left-handers can hit stock fade shots. Half the winners in the last 12 years have been lefties.

    "Equally, every champion in the first 66 years played right-handed."

    Read more insight from Tom in his latest Masters feature.

  203. Weir struggling to flow

    Mike Weir (+6 after 10)

    Mike Weir

    Remember Mike Weir? The Canadian who came out of nowhere in 2003 to become the first left-handed player to win the Masters? He is toiling.

    Weir, who kickstarted a remarkable run of Augusta wins by lefties, is anchored to the bottom of the leaderboard alongside fellow Canadian Corey Conners. Both men are six over after 10.

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    Advice for McIlroy

    Andy in Armagh: McIlroy needs to target and attack the par 5s on this Augusta National course. With his huge length off the tee and with the course playing a bit soft due to recent rain, he has a huge advantage over the majority of the field. He needs to be smart though, as water awaits any poor shots on most of the par 5 holes.

    Andrew in Richhill: With all of the hype and attention being focused on McIlroy ahead of this year's Masters he just needs to get his head down this afternoon and shoot a solid score. No fireworks are needed at this stage. If he can get to Friday night within four shots of the lead then he will be in a perfect position to make a challenge at the weekend. His presence alone on the leader board will make the other players nervous.

  205. Good omen for McIlroy?