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Rose in full bloom at Augusta

Justin Rose opened the Masters with a 7-under-par 65 to take a 4-shot lead after the first round.
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Justin Rose, of England, tees off on the 12th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament on Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Justin Rose picked one of the toughest days at Augusta National for his lowest score in the Masters.

Rose made seven birdies and an eagle during a 10-hole stretch. That took him from 2-over par to a 7-under 65 and a four-shot lead after the first round.

This was nothing like November. Everyone knew that before the tournament started. No one could have seen a 65 in dry, firm and fast conditions.

This was the fourth time that Justin Rose has had at least a share of the first-round lead at the Masters, a record he now shares with Jack Nicklaus.