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Camilo Villegas has made a solid start to the 2010 U.S. Masters, carding a first-round two-over-par 74 at the Augusta National.

The Colombian – who finished tied for 13th in his last Masters outing – got off to a horrendous start as he found himself two over after just four holes. The 28-year-old soon got his game together though, and finished the day in easy reach of the cut.

The man from Medellin is in good company, as he sits tied with fellow hopefuls Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington and playing partner, Rory McIlroy, eight shots behind leader Fred Couples. Villegas tees off today with Kenny Perry and McIlroy, hoping a good round will put him firmly in contention.

Elsewhere, Couples rolled back the years as he shot a six-under-par 66 to take the outright lead, one shot ahead of Lee Westwood, Phil Mickleson, Tom Watson, KJ Choi and Y.E. Yang. The 1992 champion is enjoying a successful rookie season on the Seniors Tour, but even he didn’t believe he could shoot a 66.

"I think it's by far the best round I have had here,” he said.

“I felt very stiff, the wind was blowing so hard and I felt really tight. But I made a lot of putts. We still have to come out tomorrow and play really well on a really hard golf course."

Tiger Woods is lurking a further shot behind on his return to competitive golf. The world number one produced some memorable shots on his way to a 68, his best first-round score in 15 Masters tournaments.

Find out if Camilo can make a march on the leaderboard at Augusta at Masters.com.


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