Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Alvaro Quiros of Spain led the 2011 The Masters Golf tournament after the opening day of play at Augusta National, USA.
Both McIlroy and Quiros shot seven under rounds of 65 to share a two shot lead from the South Korean players Yang Yong-Eun and KJ Choi.
The well-known American favourites remain in contention, however, as Phil Mickelson shot a -2 round of 70, one stroke better than the -1 Tiger Woods achieved on day one.
Mickelson won the tournament in 2010, beating Lee Westwood, who shot an even par 72 on this year’s opening day, pinning much of the blame on his short game, “if you can’t hole it out from four feet, you’re going to struggle, aren’t you?” said the Englishman in a post-round interview.
There is plenty of golf left in this tournament, however, and three more rounds of Augusta remain before the winner is decided on Sunday 10th April 2011.
The Masters 2011 Leaderboard – After Day 1