Augusta, Ga.-----Birdies on holes 15 and 16 propelled former San Jose State University golf star Arron Oberholser to a one-under par 71 in the first round of the 2008 Masters hosted by the Augusta National Golf Club.
Playing in just his fourth tournament of the year, the two-time Spartan All-American had three birdies and two bogeys on the renowned par 72, 7,445-yard course. Oberholser is one of eight players tied for 11th place and trails first-round co-leaders Justin Rose and Trevor Immelman by three strokes.
Driving accuracy was one of the keys to Oberholser's good start. He was 12-of-14 for the first 18 holes, one of 11 players in the field of 93 with the best drving accuracy to open the championship.
Defending champion Zach Johnson, who matched Oberholser in driving accuracy, is one stroke ahead of the San Jose State star in a group of five players tied for sixth at two-under par 70.
Pre-tournament favorite Tiger Woods is tied for 19th place at even par 72.
The 72-hole tournament continues through Sunday, April 13. ESPN provides live television coverage from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (PDT) on April 11. CBS TV televises third and fourth round action.