The Masters: Justin Rose Leads After Day 1

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Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA — April 8, 2021

After last year’s delay to November, it is great to have The Masters back in its original April time frame. The beauty of the course is so much a part of the tradition of professional golf’s greatest tournament, it seemed out of place in the fall.

The beauty of Augusta National on display as Bubba Watson watches his chip settle on the 13th green. / Photo Credit Augusta National

What is out of place after today’s opening round is the names at the top of the leader board. No Dustin Johnson, no Justin Thomas, no Jordan Spieth, no Brooks Koepka. Justin Rose leads the 85th Masters’ tournament after posting a 7 under par score of 65. Rose leads the field by 4 strokes with a tremendous run over the closing 10 holes of his round.

10 Holes of Magic

After carding a bogey on the 1st hole, Rose made 5 pars in a row, then suffered another bogey on the Par-4, 7th. His round turned in the right direction with an eagle on the Par-5, 8th hole brought him back to even par. Back-to-back birdies on 9 & 10 and 12 & 13 were bracketed by pars on 11 & 14.

Justin Rose leads after the 1st round of the 2021 Masters / Photo Credit Augusta National

Rose separated himself from everyone else with birdies on 15, 16 & 17 to reach his 7 under par total. Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama are his closest pursuers 4 strokes back at 3 under.

Four golfers, Will Zalatoris, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Webb Simpson, and Patrick Reed are tied for 4th at 2 under.

The Favorites

Jordan Spieth, the winner of last week’s Texas Open, suffered a triple bogey on the 9th hole to go out at two strokes over par at 38. His return to the clubhouse added a birdie on the 10th and an eagle on the Par-5, 15th hole to finish at 1 under par. He trails Rose by 6 strokes.

Jon Rahm carded a bogey and a birdie on each nine to finish in a tie for 13th at even par. Three bogeys on the front nine were followed by two birdies on the backside and Justin Thomas sits at 1 over par for his 1st round.

Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and Tony Finau are among a group of 22 golfers tied for 30th place at 2 over. Bryson DeChambeau struggled through an opening nine of 4 over par, unable to pick up any ground on the back nine he sits 11 strokes out of the lead. Former Champion, Larry Mize, is last on the scoreboard at 84 a one-day total of 12 over par.

Hole-in-One

Tommy Fleetwood provided the highlight of the day with his hole-in-one on the Par-3, 16th.

The Complete Leaderboard

Rank Name Round 1 To Par
1 Justin Rose 65 -7
2t Brian Harman 69 -3
2t Hideki Matsuyama 69 -3
4t Christiaan Bezuidenhout 70 -2
4t Patrick Reed 70 -2
4t Webb Simpson 70 -2
4t Will Zalatoris 70 -2
8t Tyrrell Hatton 71 -1
8t Si Woo Kim 71 -1
8t Jason Kokrak 71 -1
8t Shane Lowry 71 -1
8t Jordan Spieth 71 E
13t Cameron Champ 72 E
13t Mackenzie Hughes 72 E
13t Kevin Kisner 72 E
13t Marc Leishman 72 E
13t Jon Rahm 72 E
13t Xander Schauffele 72 E
13t Michael Thompson 72 E
20t Paul Casey 73 +1
20t Corey Conners 73 +1
20t Viktor Hovland 73 +1
20t Collin Morikawa 73 +1
20t Scottie Scheffler 73 +1
20t Henrik Stenson 73 +1
20t Hudson Swafford 73 +1
20t Justin Thomas 73 +1
20t Brendon Todd 73 +1
20t Gary Woodland 73 +1
30t Stewart Cink 74 +2
30t Harris English 74 +2
30t Tony Finau 74 +2
30t Matthew Fitzpatrick 74 +2
30t Tommy Fleetwood 74 +2
30t Max Homa 74 +2
30t Dustin Johnson 74 +2
30t Matt Jones 74 +2
30t Brooks Koepka 74 +2
30t Martin Laird 74 +2
30t Bernhard Langer 74 +2
30t Robert MacIntyre 74 +2
30t Francesco Molinari 74 +2
30t Sebastian Munoz 74 +2
30t Ryan Palmer 74 +2
30t Ian Poulter 74 +2
30t Charl Schwartzel 74 +2
30t Adam Scott 74 +2
30t Cameron Smith 74 +2
30t Matt Wallace 74 +2
30t Bubba Watson 74 +2
30t Bernd Wiesberger 74 +2
52t Abraham Ancer 75 +3
52t Daniel Berger 75 +3
52t Phil Mickelson 75 +3
52t Kevin Na 75 +3
52t Joaquin Niemann 75 +3
52t Jose Maria Olazabal 75 +3
52t Robert Streb 75 +3
52t Jimmy Walker 75 +3
60t Bryson DeChambeau 76 +4
60t Dylan Frittelli 76 +4
60t Sergio Garcia 76 +4
60t Lanto Griffin 76 +4
60t Jim Herman 76 +4
60t Billy Horschel 76 +4
60t Rory McIlroy 76 +4
60t Louis Oosthuizen 76 +4
60t Charles Osborne 76 +4
60t Danny Willett 76 +4
60t Matthew Wolff 76 +4
60t Ian Woosnam 76 +4
72t Jason Day 77 +5
72t Sungjae Im 77 +5
72t Zach Johnson 77 +5
75t Brian Gay 78 +6
75t Matt Kuchar 78 +6
75t Victor Perez 78 +6
75t Mike Weir 78 +6
75t Lee Westwood 78 +6
80t Patrick Cantlay 79 +7
80t Fred Couples 79 +7
80t C.T. Pan 79 +7
80t Vijay Singh 79 +7
84 Tyler Strafaci 80 +8
85 Sandy Lyle 81 +9
86t Joe Long 82 +10
86t Carlos Ortiz 82 +10
88 Larry Mize 84 +12