Haas leads the way at the Augusta National

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Updated: April 11, 2014

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Bill Haas opened up his US Masters quest with a 4 under par 68 to lead by 1 shot over 3 Major Champions at the Augusta National.

Haas is a 5 times PGA Tour winner but has never transformed that kind of form into any of the 4 Majors having failed in his attempts to own a top 10 finish, unlike his father Jay that finished tied third at the 1995 Masters.

Lurking 1 shot behind Haas are 3 Major Champions that all play the Augusta National as well as any considering 2 of them are former winners and one of them a play-off loser.

Defending Champion Adam Scott, 2012 winner Bubba Watson and Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen all opened with solid rounds of 3 under 69, leaving them well placed to stake a claim for the second round lead.

A group of 6 players including 3 times PGA Tour winner this season Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker and Kevin Stadler son of the 1982 Champion, Craig, sit a shot further adrift.

Rory McIlroy, Jordan Speith and Fred Couples are amongst a group of 8 players tied at 1 under par while 3 times Masters winner Phil Mickelson stumbled to a 4 over 76.