Lahiri, who makes his second appearance at the Masters next week, had five birdies against two bogeys and was lying tied 32 on a low-scoring opening day. Also shooting 69 were three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed and Angel Cabrera.

Sitting on top of the leaderboard was three-time PGA Tour winner Charley Hoffman, who has nine birdies in his 18 holes and just one bogey for a card of eight-under 64 that gave him a one-shot lead over four others, including Dustin Johnson, Morgan Hoffman, Scott Brown and Roberto Castro.

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