Last Updated: 11/04/14 10:43am
Butch Harmon described the opening day at the 2014 Masters Tournament as "shocking" with only four players posting better than 70.
America's Bill Haas leads the way on four-under-par, with defending champion Adam Scott, 2012 winner Bubba Watson and 2010 Open Championship king Louis Oostuhuizen a stroke further back.
But Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Charl Schwartzel carded one-over 73s, while Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose shot 76 and Dustin Johnson scored a five-over 77.
"I thought it was a shocking day, though the pins were set in the toughest places I've ever seen in the first round," said the Sky Sports pundit.
"We had some great scores - Haas' four-under was wonderful, and so were Oosthuizen and Scott at three-under.
"But then we look at the likes of Mickelson and [Dustin] Johnson and lots of players we considered favourites shooting 75s and 76s.
"They are not out of it, though."
Colin Montgomerie, meanwhile, feels there is plenty for British - and South African - fans to be optimistic about going forward, with Westwood, Oosthuizen and Rory McIlroy (one-under-par) in contention.
"We have been speaking about other people more so than Lee, who is normally in the top three or four favourites but wasn't in my top 10 this time," said the Scot.
"But he seems confident and I think you will see him under par on Friday and contending at the weekend.
"I think the same of Oostuizen, too, as he has a great swing, hits the ball straight and knows he can play around here, having lost in a play-off to Bubba Watson [in 2012].
"Rory, meanwhile, stuck to his task and at one-under-par and with no-on else really going forward, he is right there."
Watch day two of The Masters, from 7pm on Friday on Sky Sports 4.
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