With a sumptuous card of 65 (-7), Briton Justin Rose took control of the Augusta Masters on Thursday at the end of the first day with four strokes ahead of American Harman and Japanese Matsuyama. Vincent Perez, with 78 (+6), will have to fight to pass the cut. It’s also not off to a good start for Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau.
Justin sees life… in pink on the Augusta green. Justin Rose (40) took control of the Augusta Masters, the first Grand Slam meeting of the season, after reaching peaks on the first day, Thursday on the green of the Augusta National Golf Club. Imperial, the Briton born in South Africa took his revenge on last November and the last edition of this Masters by making a rather crazy card of 65 (7 strokes under par), knowing that only ten golfers finished under par on this first course, against 43 five months earlier. Second in the event that allows the winner to don the legendary green jacket, the gold medalist of the Rio Games in 2016 signed the best result of his life in Augusta in 59 games played since his debut in 2003. One course close to perfection which allows the 41st world, author of a real recital, to already count four strokes ahead of his two pursuers the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama and the American Brian Harman, who both returned a card of 69 (-3).
FATHER WILL HAVE TO BATTLE
Victor Perez, for his part, lived a first day to forget. Our only French competitor in this Masters had to be content with a card of 78 (+6) which will force him to fight to cross the cut. Day without also for two of the favorites the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (+4) and the American Bryson DeChambeau (+4 also), also already behind. Title holder and number 1 in the world rankings, Dustin Johnson did not have the debut he expected either. The American was one of many competitors unable to finish under the by Thursday. With a card of 74, he is 9 moves behind the first leader of this Masters. A Rose in demonstration.
GOLF – AUGUSTA MASTERS
Ranking at the end of the 1st day – Thursday April 8, 2021
1- Justin Rose (GBR), 65 (-7 under par)
2- Brian Harman (USA), 69 (-3)
– Hideki Matsuyama (JAP), 69 (-3)
4- Christiaan Bezuidenhout (AFS), 70 (-2)
– Patrick Reed (USA), 70 (-2)
– Webb Simpson (USA), 70 (-2)
– Will Zalatoris (USA), 70 (-2)
8- Tyrrell Hatton (GBR), 71 (-1)
– Si Woo Kim (CDS), 71 (-1)
– Jason Kokrak (USA), 71 (-1)
75- Victor Perez (FRA), 78 (+6)