After Sam Snead had got the 2002 US Masters under way, as the honorary starter, Tommy Aaron struck the first official shot of the week at exactly 1.30pm BST.
Paired with another veteran Charles Coody they both bogeyed the opening hole under humid, grey skies.
Former Open champion, Paul Lawrie, struck the first blow for the real contenders to record pars at the first and second with playing partners Tom Lehman and newly crown Players Champion Craig Perks of New Zealand.
In the third group Fuzzy Zoeller recorded a bogey but Adam Scott, the Qatar Open champion from Australia and World Matchplay champion both had solid pars.
Nick Faldo has just got his round under way a par-4 at the first with Frank Lickliter. They are playing as a two-ball with Hal Sutton having withdrawn with a hip injury.
Michael Hoey, the amateur champion, will make his Masters debut with Ray Floyd and Jeff Sluman at 2.47 (BST).
Defending champion Tiger Woods tees off at 3.53 (BST).