AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Tim Clark is trying to end Augusta National's Par-3 curse.
The South African is contending again at the Masters, opening with a 4-under-par 68 that left him with the clubhouse lead. Kevin Sutherland and England's Ross Fisher were one-shot back on a perfect day for scoring: warm and sunny with a slight breeze.
Clark has been in this position before. He was runner-up to Phil Mickelson in 2006, and held the 36-hole lead the next year.
On Wednesday, Clark won the Par-3 tournament with an ace on the final hole, but that fun-filled victory comes with a bit of baggage: No winner of the nine-hole preliminary has ever gone on to take the green jacket.