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European duo Ross Fisher and Rory McIlroy both made good starts to their first rounds at Augusta today.

European duo Ross Fisher and Rory McIlroy both made good starts to their first rounds at Augusta today.

21-year-old McIlroy was quick out of the blocks, birdying his second and third holes, while Fisher started slowly only to come back from being one over after four holes to make the turn in three under 33.

Fisher, whose wife Jo is expecting their second child next week, stands one shot clear of McIlroy and Retief Goosen, who made an incredible eagle on the first hole – only the fifth player in history to acheive the feat.

Goosen holed his approach shot to the 445-yard first hole, the same hole that Fisher took five on after driving into the bunker.

Fisher came back with a birdie at two, only to drop another at four. Birdies at the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth holes followed, however, handing him the early advantage over the rest of the field.

McIlroy also found the fairway bunker on the first, but managed to save par with a fine chip shot. He made another at the long second to give him his first birdie of the day.

Elsewhere, Padraig Harrington parred his first two holes, going out just ahead of Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell, who were just about to start their first rounds.

Warmer temperatures and fine weather is expected to make for low scoring today.

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