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AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 6 (Reuters) - The 81st U.S. Masters started on Thursday. Following are the highlights on the opening day at the first major championship of the year.
American Scott Piercy was the early leader on two under par after nine holes. Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman of South Africa slumped to four over par on the front nine holes in windy conditions at Augusta.
Six-times Masters champion Jack Nicklaus and three-times winner Gary Player struck the ceremonial opening tee shots to mark the start of the 81st Masters tournament.
Americans Daniel Summerhays and Russell Henley were the first players out on the course, teeing off at 0800 local time.
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