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Masters Leaderboard: Matt Kuchar Falls Short Of Rory McIlroy After 18 Holes

Here's how great Rory McIlroy's opening round at the 2011 Masters Tournament was: Matt Kuchar finished in the leaderboard's second place on the day at 4-under. Had Kuchar not shot a pair of bogeys, he still would've finished behind McIlroy on the day. That's pretty good golf for a Thursday, y'all.

McIlroy shot for birdie on seven different holes and par on all others, giving himself a nice head start for round two. Kuchar bogeyed holes No. 9 and 16, but still turned in a very respectable opener.

Tiger Woods looks like he'll finish his first round in the neighborhood of 1-under -- he has one hole left to shoot. Phil Mickelson is shooting par through six holes. Bubba Watson is off to a shaky start, having gone over par on holes No. 2 and 7.

Others in the upper ranks who've completed their day-one activity: Ross Fisher and Brandt Snedeker (3-under) and a host of six players at 2-under that includes Retief Goosen, who started the day keeping pace with McIlroy.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.