England's Ross Fisher timed a return to form to perfection yesterday with a three-under-par 69 in his first round at the Masters.
With his wife Jo due to give birth to their second child early next week — he was in a similar position as he challenged for The Open at Turnberry two years ago — the 30-year-old took advantage of the perfect conditions after teeing off in the first group of the day at 7.45am.
Fisher reached 4-under-par, bogeyed the 17th and then tapped in for par on the final hole for a 69.
Fisher said of his wife: “It's different because it's our second. The first one was due the week of The Open whereas the second one is due after. So hopefully it's not like last time.
“She hung on and I didn't. Hopefully I can hang on this time.”
Fisher had carded five birdies on the front nine to reach 3-under-par. He dropped a long birdie putt at the 11th, but pulled his drive at the 17th, where he was forced to lay up and made bogey.
“You're delighted anytime you can go around this course in under 70,” said Fisher.
“At the same time, I'm kind of walking off a little bit disappointed because I felt like I played very nicely today.”
It's only Fisher's third Masters and he had broken par only twice in six previous rounds. He missed the cut last year after tying for 30th in 2009.
He opened with a 69 that year and he reached 6-under-par to grab an early lead, but faltered down the stretch.
“You kind of look around and you see your name up in lights,” said Fisher . “Unfortunately, I kind of choked.”