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AUGUSTA, Georgia – Justin Rose has already won a US Open Now he leads another major On one of the toughest days in recent Masters history, Rose came out and shot an astonishing 7- under 65 which will almost certainly be the round of the week and has been one of the best rounds at the field average in the tournament’s 85-year history What’s even crazier is that it’s the ” one of the strongest fields in recent tournament history, with none of the top 50 players in the world missing due to injury

One day when the field average went above 74, Rose looked like she was heading in the same direction with two bogeys in her first seven holes Then he played the next 11 in 9 under with seven birdies and an eagle The result is his fourth lead or co-lead after the first round in Masters history, tying Jack Nicklaus, according to Justin Ray Rose is also leading or co-leading her sixth round in Masters history, most for anyone without a green jacket

Hits gained is a sometimes confusing metric, but in this case, it’s informative The number of shots you gain on the court is a fancy way of saying how much better you were than the court average. Double digits in a single round only happen a few times a year on the PGA Tour anyway, let alone in a major championship Rose finished just under 10 strokes earned that day (Again once it started 2 to 7!)

Rose leads by fours over Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama, which is important as he failed to close any of those other three heads in the first round at the Masters While he has a terrific history on this course, he’s still on the hunt for his first green jacket.The breathing room he’s built into might not be as stable as it looks, however Rose does. only three top 10s in 19 starts around the world since golfing came back last June He has been – at various times – one of the top five players in the world At the moment, he may not be part of the top 50

However, players like Rose don’t forget how to ride a bike in the big leagues It is helped by the fact that most of the top 10 players in the world have had bumpy first days Dustin Johnson is nine years back Jon Rahm is six years old Rory McIlroy is 11 years old There is room for Rose to move around

The first round rewards are good, but a player with Rose’s CV and career only cares about collecting titles Now he has his best chance ever with 54 holes remaining at the Masters With the one of the great rounds in tournament history under his belt, he is the new favorite to close his second major title It won’t take 54 holes yet from what he did on Thursday, but it will take him for a lifetime for the next three days as a desperate field rumbles after him on a course that so far has demanded absolute perfection

2 The hardest test: Remember when 20 cents won here in November? In the first round of the Masters 2020, 24 players shot in the 60s in the first round Thursday, only three achieved this feat The combination of smoother greens, a little wind and firmer conditions destroyed almost everyone which was not called “Rose”

“Definitely playing a lot harder just because when the greens are firm and fast here the golf course is playing tough,” said defending champion Dustin Johnson, who shot a 2 of 74 “Then you add the wind today, it made the game really difficult”

That means a lot of different things, but more importantly, it means that despite Rose’s massive lead, no one really came out of it Augusta National can do whatever they want with the golf course right now They can dial it, or they can pull it off.The next three days are going to be incredibly demanding, which means everything is still really live and a four-stroke lead comes to naught with 54 holes left

69 would equal the highest score to lead after Day 1 at #TheMasters in the last 60 years (last in 2007) Fewer innings in the 60s after Day 1, since 1990 1998 – 12017 – 22007 – 22000 – 2

3 The Great One vibe: I was standing at the 7th hole on Thursday watching Johnson’s band play, and Wayne Gretzky was there (Johnson is engaged to Gretzky’s daughter, Paulina) talking about how there’s more energy on the pitch this year compared to the November Masters I’ve felt it all day, and that’s the right word for it Come on the weekend, the roars won’t be what we are used to it historically, but there is a very different juice to this tournament than five months ago

4 Rory’s Story: A frustrating trend continued for the four-time big winner He shot a 4 of 76 in the first round, including a bullet in the water on No 13 and a leg shot of his father (really) on No 7 His opening round has become more the rule than the exception over the past few years

Rory McIlroy is currently 4 for the day Since 2015 in the majors, McIlroy is a 32 combined in the first round He has 64 under innings 2-4

5 The Top 10 Theory: Since 2005, only Tiger Woods has come from outside the top 10 after the first round to win this golf tournament. If that holds up, your winner will be one of the following 12 golfers

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6 Spieth’s run: I picked Spieth at an inopportune time on Thursday as he was tripling on the 9th par 4 He was hitting his second from a tree and discussing the throwing angles of his 4- iron vs his 3 wood to try and hit something on a protruding root, under a branch and over the green to try to save bogey He didn’t, but the whole sequence is part of the fun (if it ‘s is what you want to call him) with him He ended up with a chip-in eagle on No 15 that should have rolled in the water which, if you haven’t paid enough attention, is absolutely half fun Spieth finished at 1 under, playing the second nine in 3 under

7 Ageless Woosie: Ian Woosnam, 63, shot a 76 (like Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Sergio Garcia) with what he called a torn groin muscle He cut Patrick Cantlay, Jason Day and Lee Westwood I’m not sure we’ve done enough “I really play on one leg, so yeah,” he said “Plus I haven’t had a dashboard in hand for 18 months, so I was really happy “

8 Zalatoris start: he flew a little under the radar, but Will Zalatoris walked into the house early Thursday with a 2-under 70 I loved that quote from him afterward: “Yeah, the kind joke i said with my family is if i’m stupid enough to think i can play here then i’m stupid enough to think i can win it “

9 Reed again? Patrick Reed will he win two Masters in four years? Five years ago I would have told you it was impossible, but he is 2 under after a pair of 34 with only three players ahead of him From this group in the top 10 he is one of only three with a major victory and the only one with a green jacket

Bonus – Meme-d into oblivion: The trials and tribulations of life as a golf writer I was filmed standing behind Lee Westwood’s golf ball on the third hole and immediately received the “Bernie Sanders at the Inauguration” treatment from the golf crowd on Twitter It was sort of both embarrassing and rewarding

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