Adam Scott has navigated his way successfully through the opening nine holes to make a solid start to the 2015 Masters at Augusta National.
The world No.6 and 2013 Masters champion sits one under through the opening nine holes, a collection he has struggled with over his career at the venue.
It leaves the Queenslander four shots behind early pacesetter Charley Hoffman as the American, playing in the opening group of the day, shot a five-under 67.
Former US Open champion Justin Rose sits second at four under through 10 holes while Camilo Villegas, Russell Henley, Bill Haas and Webb Simpson are all three under with holes to play.
Scott opened his round by missing the first green on the left side but his chip caught the cup only to lip out hard leaving him with par.
A run of six more pars, half of which represented mid-range birdie chances and half of which were impressive saves, followed before the 34-year-old kick-started his round on the eighth.
Despite putting his tee ball into the fairway bunker on the par five and being forced to lay up, Scott threw a dart to just two feet on approach to get into red figures.
Playing with Scott, South Australian amateur Antonio Murdaca faced a nervous start, opening with a double bogey.
Long on approach Murdaca tried to produce a near impossible chip to a tough pin and paid the price, chipping back off the green.
But the 19-year-old settled in nicely afterwards, making pars until also birdying the eighth, leaving him one over through nine.
Geoff Ogilvy is the only other Australian on course, opening with a bogey to be one over through two holes.
World No.1 Rory McIlroy, chasing a career grand slam, is one over through six holes.
John Senden and Jason Day, plus 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, are due out later in the day.