Justin Rose leads first round at Masters 2021 after Tommy Fleetwood sinks hole-in-one

Olympic champion began two-over through seven holes but made up nine shots in the subsequent 11 holes.

By ZK Goh
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Olympic golf champion Justin Rose is in the lead of the 2021 Masters Tournament after shooting a superb seven-under-par 65 in the opening round, four shots clear of the field.

His achievement was all the more notable after the Englishman started with two bogeys through the opening seven holes before sinking an eagle and seven birdies on the following 11 holes.

It is the sixth round Rose has led or jointly led at the Masters, the most for someone who has not won the tournament. He was joint-second in 2015 and lost a play-off in 2017.

The Rio 2016 champion, who is currently ranked world number 41, is four shots clear over Brian Harman and Matsuyama Hideki.

"Even though I saw red numbers on the board I didn't panic when I was two over through seven, that's the most important thing," Rose said.

Also on the first day, Rose's countryman Tommy Fleetwood aced the 16th hole at Augusta National.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson of the USA is two-over, nine shots behind.