Justin Rose leads Grand Slam of Golf after first day
Justin Rose is two clear of the (not-very-deep) field in Bermuda as the golfers vie for $600,000
Justin Rose leads the Grand Slam of Golf after Day One by posting a first-round 67 in near-perfect conditions in Southampton, Bermuda.
Rose went out in 33 and came home in an equally-impressive 34 to lead Jason Dufner by two strokes. His shot of the day (see above) came on the very first hole after an errant drive.
He was both pleased and a little disappointed with it after his round.
"It should have been the shot of the day," said Rose. "It followed the worst shot of the day.
"I had to cut it around the tree out of the Bermuda [grass] over the water; so just the start I was looking for, really."
The foursome will finish up with one round on Wednesday to determine who walks away with the $600,000 first prize.
Here's a look at the leaderboard:
The group as a whole was 10 under on the front nine but struggled on the back and ended just 4 under for the day.
One reason? Strangely, they all bogeyed the 14th hole at Port Royal.
Here's a video of the four-way blunder:
Dufner and Adam Scott actually co-led at the turn as both shot 32 on the front nine but they shot 37 and 38 respectively on the back to fall behind Rose.
The US Open champion says he's feeling good about taking home another championship on Wednesday.
"I felt like I didn't really play my best today, but I kept the ball out of some really bad spots out there on the golf course," said Rose. "I felt like I putted really well, I felt like I read the greens well.
"If I can do that again tomorrow, and clean up a couple of mistakes, swing the putter a little bit better, should be a good day."
"My job tomorrow is just to go out, have fun again. This is what it's all about, being here and having fun. First and foremost, enjoying the reason why you are here; but obviously you do want to play your best and I want to go out and just play a good round of golf and try and be hard to catch."
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