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The Masters 2011: Rory McIlroy, Alvaro Quiros Share 1st Round Lead

Young bloods Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Alvaro Quiros of Spain made roaring starts to their Masters campaign on Thursday, taming the fabled Augusta National Golf Course with identical 7-under 65s to sit atop the leaderboard after the first round.

McIlroy, 21, made seven birdies in a bogey-free round that could have been better had he not missed five other birdie chances inside 10 feet. Quiros, 28, on other hand, showed the sheer power he is known for en route to the eight-birdie round marred only by a bogey on No.14. McIlroy and Quiros are two strokes clear of South Koreans K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang, who both signed for a 67. A couple of shots further are Americans Ricky Barnes and Matt Kuchar.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson started his quest for a fourth green jacket with a pedestrian 2-under 70 to land on 14th spot, which he shares with nine other players. Tiger Woods, yes he is competing in this tournament he has won four times, was a stroke back and is tied for 24th with Stewart Cink, Fred Couples, Miguel Jimenez, Ryan Palmer, and Ryo Ishikawa.