The 40-year-old caught fire in the back of the first round on day one, playing his last 11 9-under holes to shoot an under-65 7 in the first round at Augusta, the best score of his career of Masters. .
Rose’s sensational opening day gave him a four-time lead ahead of American Brian Harman and Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, who were tied for second with 3 under.
Rose, Harman and Matsuyama were the only three players to beat 70 on Matchday 1 under difficult conditions.
Following his superb first round, Rose said his success was down to keeping his balance when he was two above par in the first seven holes of the round.
“I guess the good news is I don’t know what happened, and that’s when you play your best golf, when you step into that current,” he said. at Sky Sports.
“It was a day for not playing yourself outside of the tournament … being nine out of the last 11, you can never really see it coming here, but it happened because I didn’t. didn’t panic when I was two after seven. “
The first round was Rose’s fourth at Augusta in his career, joining golfing legend Jack Nicklaus with the most first-round advances of all time, while his 9 under the last 11 holes was the best stretch a player has experienced since 2004.
The golfing world was stunned by Rose’s sensational arrival on opening day.
“It’s off the charts,” British golf legend Nick Faldo said in a comment.
“I mean the lighting has changed, the humidity has definitely changed and it just does everything.”
“Just awesome. You won’t see a better quality stretch here,” Faldo’s co-commentator said after Rose finished her first round.
“Just a fantastic start to one of the toughest days we’ve seen in a while here.”
Rose could have tied a few records with a birdie on the last hole, but was content to settle for par. He shot 30 from the back, a tournament record shared by Mark Calcaveccia (1992) and David Toms (1998), while narrowly missing the mark for the largest lead after the first round.
The Englishman’s remarkable performance was made more impressive with the struggles of some of the biggest names in golf on opening day.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson started with a 74. Rory McIlroy struggled with a 76. Longtime Bryson DeChambeau had 4 points with three holes left.