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Spain's Sergio Garcia shares 1st-round lead at Masters


Madrid, Apr 12 (EFE).- Spain's Sergio Garcia kicked off his quest for a first Major championship in style, firing a 6-under 66 to gain a share of the lead at the Masters.

In his 14th appearance at one of golf's most hallowed venues, the 33-year-old Spaniard shot a bogey-less round on Thursday that included four birdies on the front nine and two more at the 10th and 15th holes.

With three rounds remaining, Garcia, who has finished in the top five at all four of golf's biggest tournaments but never held aloft the trophy, has a share of the lead along with Australia's Marc Leishman.

World No. 1 Tiger Woods, who is looking for his first Major championship since a scandal erupted in late 2009 over his numerous marital infidelities, is lurking just four shots behind the leaders.

Another Spaniard, Gonzalo Fernandez-Casta, also had a strong first round, shooting a 4-under 68.

Two Spanish golfers - the late Seve Ballesteros (1980 and 1983) and Jose Maria Olazabal (1994 and 1999) - are among the list of past Masters champions.