Masters 2015: Willett and Tom Watson offer young and old cause to cheer

• English debutant Danny Willett cards an impressive one-under-par 71
• Tom Watson also impresses with ‘minor miracle’ first round of 71
• Read Scott Murray’s first-round liveblog

History is not really on the side of Danny Willett this week. You have to flick back to 1979 to find the last debutant to win a Green Jacket, an extraordinary statistic for a major that does not move venue, but a gap that points to the value of experience.

Not that the Englishman seems remotely overawed. Willett opened the 79th Masters with a one-under-par 71, a score that at least offers cause for lofty aspirations. He is well placed to survive for the weekend.

Related: Masters 2015: round one – live!

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