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Blixt, Jimenez share early Masters edge

Augusta, United States - Sweden's Jonas Blixt, making his Masters debut, and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez shared the early lead Thursday at the 78th Masters, each standing three-under par at Augusta National.

Blixt, who could become the first Swedish man to win a major golf title, opened with two pars and birdied the third before a bogey at the par-3 fourth.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez hits his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the 2014 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. REUTERS/Jim Young. Credit: REUTERS

Birdies followed at the fifth and par-3 sixth before the Swede took a bogey at the seventh, but he responded with birdies at the the par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth.

Another birdie at the par-5 13th lifted Blixt, who was playing alongisde two-time Masters winner Ben Crenshaw and South Korea's Yang Yong-Eun, to four-under, but a bogey at the par-5 15th dropped him back into a share of the lead.

No first-time player has won the Masters since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

Jimenez birdied the par-5 second and added back-to-back birdies at six and seven to join Blixt on three-under.

Americans Fred Couples, Bill Haas and Kevin Stadler shared third on two-under.

Sapa-AFP

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