(CNN) -- Colorful Japanese star Shingo Katayama, who is known on the golfing circuit for his outrageous line in clothes and headwear, leads the Masters field by one stroke after carding an opening five-under-par 67 at Augusta National.
Flamboyant Japanese Katayama holds the early clubhouse lead after his five-under-par 67.
Katayama birdied the tough 18th hole to give himself the early outright lead from South Africa's Tim Clark, who carded a 68 on Thursday.
Kevin Sutherland is the top American player after recording a 69 to lie joint third with Englishman Ross Fisher on a benign day which promised to produce a raft of low scores.
However, 36-year-old Katayama, playing in his eigthth Masters, proved the man of the moment as he attempts to become the first Asian player to win a major.
Katayama holed six birdies, including the vital one on the 18th, and just one bogey to give him the narrow clubhouse advantage.
World number one Tiger Woods began his round with three pars as he attempts to win his fifth green jacket.
Meanwhile, Woods' Ryder Cup team-mate Chad Campbell got off to a storming start, becoming the first player in Masters history to birdie the opening five holes.
Earlier, American legend Arnold Palmer got the 73rd Masters under way by hitting a ceremonial drive on the par-four opening hole.
Palmer, who will be 80 this year, then retired to watch the action, with 1991 champion Ian Woosnam and American pair Chez Reavie and Briny Baird the first grouping off the tee.