Justin Rose fires 65 to guide by 4 pictures after Day 1 of 85th Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Even earlier than the Masters started, it was apparent Augusta Nationwide in April was nothing prefer it was in November. Far much less clear was which course Justin Rose was enjoying Thursday.
Rose made seven birdies and an eagle throughout a torrid 10-hole stretch for a 7-under 65 and a four-shot lead, his lowest rating at Augusta Nationwide in considered one of its hardest opening rounds.
It began with a pleasant hop off the mounds left of the inexperienced on the par-5 eighth that arrange a 10-foot eagle. Solely two of his birdie putts have been exterior Eight toes. He holed a 12-foot par putt on the one inexperienced he missed. Not unhealthy for a 40-year-old from England enjoying for the primary time in a month whereas resting an ailing again.
His 65 seemed even higher on a day so robust solely 12 gamers broke par, and the common rating was 74.5.
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“Pay attention, I didn’t know the place my sport was going into this week,” Rose mentioned. “I’ve been working onerous. I might have performed the final two tournaments, however I used to be actually making an attempt to organize onerous for this Masters.”
Twice a runner-up, together with a playoff loss to Sergio Garcia 4 years in the past, Rose tied a Masters file by taking at the least a share of first-round lead for the fourth time. The opposite to try this was Jack Nicklaus. The distinction? Nicklaus went on to win two of his six inexperienced jackets from that place.
Rose likes to say he’s solely had one arm within the jacket.
Brian Harman, the final participant to get into the 88-man subject, and Hideki Matsuyama have been wrapping up their rounds of 69 in regards to the time Rose started on a course that was dry and crusty, on greens that have been so quick there have been splotches of brown.
BY Brentley Romine
— April 8, 2021 at 7:54 PM
Other than chief Justin Rose and some others, agency and quick Augusta Nationwide performed fiery and mercilessly on Thursday at Augusta Nationwide. And boy, was it enjoyable to look at.
Amongst these at 70 have been former Masters champion Patrick Reed and Masters newcomer Will Zalatoris. Jordan Spieth overcame a triple bogey from the timber on No. 9 for a 71.
Lacking have been a slew of crimson numbers on the leaderboard in circumstances so troublesome that Garcia mentioned after a 76, “I really feel like I simply got here out of the ring with Evander Holyfield.”
5 months in the past, within the first Masters held in November due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the turf was so delicate that 53 gamers have been below par after the opening spherical.
Open champion Shane Lowry chipped from the again of the 15th inexperienced into the water in entrance of the inexperienced. He escaped with bogey and managed a 71. U.S. Newbie champion Tyler Strafaci hit a 60-foot putt from behind the ninth inexperienced that wound up 75 toes away on the opposite facet.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson, who set the file final yr at 20-under 268, failed to interrupt par for the primary time because the opening spherical in 2018. He three-putted for double bogey on the 18th for a 74.
BY Ryan Lavner
— April 8, 2021 at 5:03 PM
Brooks Koepka shot 74, enjoying by ache from current knee surgical procedure. That is nothing new for the resilient Koepka.
“I really feel sorry for the fellows’ first Masters in November, after which they’re strolling on the market at present questioning what the hell is happening,” Kevin Kisner mentioned after a hard-earned 72.
This was no shock. Augusta Nationwide has not had rain in additional than every week, and gamers couldn’t recall the final time greens have been this quick throughout observe rounds, a lot much less with a scorecard in hand on Thursday.
“It’s my 10th yr, however I’ve by no means seen the greens so agency and quick,” Matsuyama mentioned. “So it was like a brand new course for me enjoying at present, and I used to be lucky to get it round properly.”
And what to say of Rose? Even in additional forgiving circumstances, he had by no means finished higher than 67.
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“I didn’t really feel like at present was the day for a 65, if I’m trustworthy,” Rose mentioned.
Nobody wanted convincing, least of all Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy, amongst prime gamers who struggled with the wind and had simply as many issues when the ball was on the bottom.
DeChambeau, the U.S. Open champion who has been licking his chops about bringing his super-sized sport to Augusta Nationwide, didn’t make a birdie till the 15th gap and shot 76, his highest rating as a professional on the Masters. Patrick Cantlay hit into the water on each par 3s on the again 9 and shot 79.
“Guys are going to shoot themselves out of the golf event on day one,” Webb Simpson mentioned after a late double bogey compelled him to accept a 70.
McIlroy, needing a inexperienced jacket to finish the profession Grand Slam, hit his father with a shot on the seventh gap. That was about probably the most attention-grabbing second in his spherical of 76. Lee Westwood, who had a pair of runner-up finishes within the Florida Swing, had a 78.
Rose seemed as if he may be headed that course. He made a delicate bogey on No. 1. He three-putted throughout the inexperienced on No. 7. He was 2 over, although not able to panic. He knew it was robust. He additionally knew he was headed within the flawed course.
“You’ll be able to’t win the golf event at present. Even with a 65 you’ll be able to’t win it at present,” Rose mentioned. “You’ll be able to solely most likely lose it at present, clearly. I reset simply previous to that and thought if I can get myself again round even par, that may be day’s work.”
He hit 5-wood into 10 toes for eagle and a 9-iron to the damaging left pin on No. 9 to four toes for birdie. He holed a 25-foot putt on the 10th and hello 8-iron to six toes on No. 12. It by no means stopped. Even from the primary minimize of tough on the 17th, his wedge settled four toes from the opening.
He completed going over the small print of that unimaginable stretch, smiled and mentioned, “Sounds simple.”
It seemed that method. However just for him.