Fisher enjoys top start
England's Ross Fisher timed a return to form to perfection as a three-under-par 69 made him the early clubhouse leader in the 75th Masters at Augusta.
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.
But with low scoring predicted for the week South Africa's Retief Goosen showed what was possible by becoming only the fifth player in tournament history to start a round with an eagle two and reaching five under after just eight holes.
And 21-year-old Rory McIlroy turned in a superb 32 and then joined Goosen by making three on the 505-yard par four 11th.
Last year's runner-up Lee Westwood, meanwhile, was one under after seven - three better than playing partner and world number one Martin Kaymer, who has yet to make the halfway cut in three attempts - while Tiger Woods had to work hard to remain level par before making his first birdie at the short sixth.
On his 2009 debut in the event Fisher stormed out in front on the opening day at five under after 16, but bogeyed the last two for "only" a 69 and eventually finished down in 30th spot.
This time he recovered from one over after four with four birdies in the next five and then rolled in a huge putt for another at the treacherous 11th - after being warned about slow play.
He slipped up again on the 440-yard 17th, but parred the last and after nothing better than a 10th-place finish all year and disappointing showings on his last three starts in America it was a distinct improvement.