The first round of the 2013 Masters is underway, and Marc Leishman currenly sits atop the leaderboard, having finished his round at six under par.
Former Masters champions Tiger Woods, Trevor Immelman and Zach Johnson are within striking distance, while first-time participant David Lynn finished his round just two shots off the current lead.
Playing well in the first round is key to winning the championship, but anyone who's watched all four rounds of the Masters in previous years can tell you one good round does not a champion make.
It takes four solid rounds of grinding out pars and picking up birdies when possible to win a green jacket.
Here's where the leaders stand, as of 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 11.
1. Marc Leishman: -6
Leishman's first round got off to an inauspicious start when he bogeyed No. 1—a brutal starting hole.
He didn't let that get into his head, however, and went on to shoot seven-under par on his final 17 holes—including a four-birdie streak between No. 13 and No. 16.
A one-time winner on the PGA Tour, Leishman isn't a household name. He's never made the cut at Augusta National, and no doubt he'll spend a sleepless night on Thursday preparing for Round 2 on Friday.
2. Sergio Garcia: -5
Garcia has never won a major championship, but he's come awfully close a number of times—including three second-place finishes. His best finish at the Masters came in 2004 when he tied for fourth place.
The Spaniard jumped out of the gates with a birdie on No. 1 and never looked back. He birdied four holes on the front nine and is currently tearing up the back nine.
Remarkably, Garcia parred both par fives on the front nine, and if he can take advantage of the two on the back nine, he could end up as the leader in the clubhouse heading into Friday's action.
T3. David Lynn: -4
Lynn is a first-time participant at the Masters, and he took an early lead into the clubhouse before Leishman went on his birdie rampage a bit later on in the day.
The 39-year-old Englishman isn't a stranger to major championship pressure, however. He finished in second place in last year's PGA Championship behind Rory McIlroy—only his second major appearance.
After shooting three-under par on the front nine with birdies at No. 1, No. 8 and No. 9, Lynn had a couple of hiccups on the back nine on No. 10 and No. 17, which he bogeyed. He managed to score three birdies on a five-hole stretch, though, to give himself six birdies on the day.
Judging by his performance in last year's PGA Championship, Lynn will be a player to watch on Friday and throughout the weekend.
T3. Rickie Fowler: -4
Fowler has had his fair share of ups and downs so far.
After a double bogey to start the round on No. 1, Fowler rattled off four birdies in the next eight holes. He then started out the back nine with another double bogey, which brought him back to even par and could have stolen all his positive momentum.
The youngster once again put his mistake behind him, however, and went on to shoot four-under par the rest of the way—including an impressive eagle on No. 15, the last par five on the course.
One of golf's up-and-coming young stars, Fowler's best finish at Augusta was in 2012 when he tied for 27th place.
T6: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano: -4
This Spaniard has never been in contention at a major championship, but through 15 holes in the first round of this year's Masters he's playing like a champ.
One bogey marred Fernandez-Castano's first round, but he more than made up for that disappointment with five birdies. He took advantage of every single par five, making birdie on all four.
As it is with all who find first-round success at Augusta, the real challenge for Fernando-Castano will be when he tees it up on Friday with the cut looming.
T6. Jim Furyk: -3
One of the mainstays on the PGA Tour, Furyk—the winner of the 2003 U.S. Open—seems to always show up well for major championships.
Furyk got off to a torrid start on the front nine, making four birdies in the first eight holes—including a three-birdie streak between No. 6 and No. 8.
He then lost a bit of momentum on No. 9 with a bogey and parred out the rest of the way to finish with a respectable round of three-under par.
T6: Zach Johnson: -3
The surprise winner of the 2007 Masters, Johnson looked good in the first round of this year's tournament.
Like so many of the contestants on Thursday, Johnson picked up a bogey on No. 1 to start his round. He quickly put that disappointing start behind him, however, and birdied the par-five second hole.
He ended the front nine at even par before going on a nice run on the back nine to finish the round at three-under par.
T6: Dustin Johnson: -3
Johnson is one of the longest hitters on tour, and when he's on he's really tough to beat.
Having never fared well at Augusta (his best finish came in 2009 when he tied for 30th place), getting off to a hot start was important for Johnson.
He birdied No. 1 and No. 2, accomplishing that goal with flair, and added another birdie on No. 9. At this time, Johnson still has most of the back nine left to play, but he has yet to make a mistake.
T6: Trevor Immelman: -3
Winner of the 2008 Masters, Immelman is setting himself up for another run at the green jacket.
He played the front nine well, scoring one birdie and eight pars. Then, Immelman birdied No. 13 and No. 14 to get to minus-three.
At this time, he has just four holes left to play in his first round. Given his experience at Augusta, he'll be a player to watch on Friday and throughout the weekend.
T6: Fred Couples: -3
The ageless one.
Couples won the Masters back in 1992, and no matter how little or how poorly he plays the rest of the year, he always seems to play his best golf at Augusta.
Through 11 holes, Couples is three-under par, having birdied No. 2, No. 5, No. 8 and No. 10 and making a bogey on No. 6.
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