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Haas heads up first round
Masters Golf Heal 1
Bill Haas hits off the 15th fairway during the first round of the Masters Thursday in Augusta. - photo by Associated Press

Bill Haas    34-34—68    -4
Adam Scott    33-36—69    -3
Louis Oosthuizen    33-36—69    -3
Bubba Watson    35-34—69    -3
Kevin Stadler    35-35—70    -2
Jonas Blixt    33-37—70    -2
Gary Woodland    36-34—70    -2
Jimmy Walker    36-34—70    -2
K.J. Choi    36-34—70    -2
Brandt Snedeker    33-37—70    -2
Marc Leishman    36-34—70    -2
Fred Couples    34-37—71    -1
Rickie Fowler    36-35—71    -1
Miguel Angel Jimenez    32-39—71    -1
Matteo Manassero    34-37—71    -1
Rory McIlroy    35-36—71    -1
Jordan Spieth    35-36—71    -1
Stephen Gallacher    33-38—71    -1
Francesco Molinari    35-36—71    -1
John Senden    36-36—72    E
Graeme McDowell    36-36—72    E
Steve Stricker    34-38—72    E
Kevin Streelman    37-35—72    E
Nick Watney    37-35—72    E
Sang-Moon Bae    36-36—72    E
Bernhard Langer    36-36—72    E
Stewart Cink    35-38—73    +1
Boo Weekley    36-37—73    +1
Roberto Castro    37-36—73    +1
Mike Weir    36-37—73    +1
Jamie Donaldson    37-36—73    +1
Charl Schwartzel    37-36—73    +1
Patrick Reed    35-38—73    +1
Thomas Bjorn    37-36—73    +1
Thongchai Jaidee    38-35—73    +1
Matt Kuchar    36-37—73    +1
Henrik Stenson    37-36—73    +1
Russell Henley    37-36—73    +1
Lee Westwood    36-37—73    +1
Steven Bowditch    37-37—74    +2
Brendon de Jonge    37-37—74    +2
Webb Simpson    35-39—74    +2
Jim Furyk    37-37—74    +2
Thorbjorn Olesen    36-38—74    +2
Larry Mize    35-39—74    +2
Matt Jones    36-38—74    +2
Jose Maria Olazabal    37-37—74    +2
Darren Clarke    39-35—74    +2
Sergio Garcia    35-39—74    +2
Hunter Mahan    37-37—74    +2
Victor Dubuisson    36-38—74    +2
Harris English    37-37—74    +2
John Huh    39-35—74    +2
Mark O'Meara    36-39—75    +3
Martin Kaymer    38-37—75    +3
Scott Stallings    36-39—75    +3
Billy Horschel    39-36—75    +3
Ken Duke    39-36—75    +3
Lucas Glover    35-40—75    +3
Vijay Singh    37-38—75    +3
Gonzalo Castano    39-36—75    +3
Chris Kirk    36-39—75    +3
Jason Day    37-38—75    +3
Joost Luiten    37-38—75    +3
Keegan Bradley    39-36—75    +3
Ernie Els    39-36—75    +3
Ian Poulter    37-39—76    +4
a-Matthew Fitzpatrick    37-39—76    +4
Sandy Lyle    35-41—76    +4
a-Garrick Porteous    40-36—76    +4
a-Oliver Goss    39-37—76    +4
Derek Ernst    42-34—76    +4
Phil Mickelson    39-37—76    +4
Justin Rose    40-36—76    +4
Ian Woosnam    36-41—77    +5
Y.E. Yang    39-38—77    +5
Matt Every    38-39—77    +5
Ryan Moore    36-41—77    +5
Dustin Johnson    38-39—77    +5
David Lynn    38-40—78    +6
Tom Watson    38-40—78    +6
Angel Cabrera    39-39—78    +6
Zach Johnson    40-38—78    +6
D.A. Points    40-38—78    +6
a-Michael McCoy    38-40—78    +6
Peter Hanson    37-41—78    +6
Tim Clark    41-38—79    +7
Trevor Immelman    41-38—79    +7
Luke Donald    43-36—79    +7
a-Chang-woo Lee    39-41—80    +8
Hideki Matsuyama    40-40—80    +8
Jason Dufner    36-44—80    +8
Graham DeLaet    42-38—80    +8
a-Jordan Niebrugge    39-42—81    +9
Craig Stadler    42-40—82    +10
Ben Crenshaw    41-42—83    +11
Branden Grace    41-43—84    +12

    AUGUSTA — No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable.
    With his green jacket upstairs in the locker room for Masters champions, Scott made only one bad swing that cost him two shots in a round of 3-under 69. It was the lowest opening score by a defending champion in 13 years, and it left Scott one shot behind leader Bill Haas on an otherwise demanding day.
    "It was really how you hope to come out and play at any major, and especially the Masters," Scott said. "And there's no doubt winning the Masters last year had me a little more comfortable on the first tee than I've ever been in the past, because I didn't have the legs shaking and nerves jangling for six or seven holes like usual."
    Haas, with a rich family history at Augusta that includes a green jacket for his great uncle Bob Goalby, settled down after an opening bogey with a collection of good birdie putts and an 8-iron to 5 feet for birdie on the 18th for a 68.
    It was the first time in 18 majors that Haas has had the lead after any round. That only gets him a crystal vase for the low round of the day at the Masters. Haas knows better than to put too much stock into what happens Thursday. He was leading after the opening round in Houston last week and tied for 37th.
    "There's tons of golf left," he said.
    Only one first-round leader in the last 30 years has gone on to win the Masters.
    Former Masters champion Bubba Watson, who slipped that green jacket on Scott last year, played his first bogey-free round in a major since the 2009 U.S. Open and shot a 69. So did Louis Oosthuizen, whom Watson beat in a playoff at Augusta.
    They were the only players to break 70, the fewest for an opening round at the Masters since 2007.
    "No one is really going crazy out there in perfect, perfect conditions," Graeme McDowell said after fighting to salvage a 72.
    But there was something about the way Scott played that grabbed most of the attention on such a gorgeous spring day in the South. Golf has been waiting for a star to take control all year, even more without Tiger Woods at Augusta for the first time in 20 years because of back surgery.
    Scott was in control of his emotions and his game all day — except for once.
    Walking over to the heart of Amen Corner, the fans behind the 12th tee rose in unison to cheer the champ.
    "The memory that will stick with me forever today was walking up to the 12th tee and everyone getting out of their seats as I approached there," Scott said. "It was great, the level of respect that everyone has for this golf tournament and what happens here.
    "But then," he said with a smile, "I went and hit it in the water."
    Scott's tee shot bounced off the front slope and into Rae's Creek — amazingly, he said it was his first shot into the water on that hole — and he made double bogey to fall out of the outright lead. He picked up a birdie on the 14th, and three-putted for par on both the par 5s on the back nine.
    Still, there were few complaints.
    Augusta National officials knew this would be a gentle day of weather, and it was clear they made sure the course was anything but that. The hole locations were severe for an opening round. With endless sunshine, the greens became firmer and quicker by the hour.
    So many others paid the price.
    Jason Dufner took a quadruple-bogey 9 on the 13th hole with only one penalty shot. The worst of his woes was a wedge from the drop area that didn't even make it to the creek. He wound up with an 80 in his first round in a major since winning the PGA Championship last summer.
    He was in good company. Phil Mickelson had a pair of 7s on his card for the first time in five years at a major, and his 76 matched the highest opening round at Augusta for the three-time Masters champion. U.S. Open champion Justin Rose shot 40 on the front and scrambled for a 76.
    Jason Day had a 75 in his first event in six weeks.
    Vijay Singh also opened with a 69 when he was the defending champion in 2001, but that was different. Conditions were easier that year, and Singh was four shots behind. On this day, only 19 players broke par.
    Jimmy Walker, Kevin Stadler and Jonas Blixt were in the group at 70. The group at 71 included young (20-year-old Jordan Spieth) and old (54-year-old Fred Couples), and a former No. 1 in Rory McIlroy.
    "It was just on one of those days it was tough to get it close to the hole," McIlroy said. "Anything under par today was a good score."
    And it felt even better when one of those scores belonged to a Masters champion — in this case, two of them. Watson was asked about his comfort level at Augusta.
    "The comfort level is knowing you have a green jacket already," he said.