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How the first round was played

At the Top: Major-less Lee Westwood shot 32 on the front en route to a 67 and a one-shot advantage over Louis Oosthuizen and Peter Hanson. Westwood finished second here two years ago.

In Defense: 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel never strayed further than a stroke from par in shooting an even 72.

Fast Fact: The last four Masters champions shot an opening round in the 60s.

Happy Birthday? Not.: Sweden's Henrik Stenson, 6-under after 13 holes, took an 8 on No. 18 and finished with a 1-under 71. He turned 36 Thursday.

Tiger Pause: Woods snapped a hook into the trees on No. 1, took unplayables after his drives on Nos. 2 and 18 and finished bogey-bogey for a 72. He's making putts, though. Beware.

On the Rebound: PGA champ Keegan Bradley doubled the first hole, fought back to 2-under and put up 71. Steve Stricker also shot 71; he was 2-over after nine.

Yesterday's News: What's this? 1999 British Open champ Paul Lawrie creeping up the leader board? The guy who went 10 years without a tourney win before this year? The player who hadn't participated in the Masters since 2004? Yup. That's him. The Scot, 43, fashioned a 69 that included two eagles.

(Way) Down Under: Looks like it's one again Wait 'Til Next Year for the Aussies. Geoff Oglivy and John Senden shot 74, Adam Scott 75, Jason Day 76.


*Padraig Harrington on the jinx associated with winning the Par-3 Contest (he was co-champ): "I've never teed up and played a tournament where I didn't try on every shot, so I wouldn't play if I wasn't trying. I like winning." He shot 71 Thursday.

*Tiger Woods: "I hit some of the worst golf shots I ever hit today."

*Keegan Bradley on his birdie from the front bunker on No. 4: "That was one of the best shots I've ever hit. That was really fun to see it go in and hear that famous Augusta roar. I was hoping to get it within 10 feet."

Next Up: Westwood goes off at 9:40 this morning, Oosthuizen at 8:34, Hanson at 10:46 You'll find Woods in the 1:42 p.m. TV slot.

--Bob DiCesare