AUGUSTA, Ga. — When he made the activate his first spherical at Augusta, Justin Rose was one beneath par, two strokes again of the leaders and mired in a morass of comparable decent-but-not-great scores.
Nine holes later, Rose was 4 strokes up on all the subject, holding his sixth profession after-round lead on the Masters. It’s probably the most ever by anybody who’s by no means gained a inexperienced jacket … so might this be the yr ultimately? He’s rocketed from an 80-1 long shot to a +325 favorite, forward of everybody else within the subject.
Rose completely torched Augusta’s again 9, together with a run that started on 12 and went birdie, birdie, par, birdie, birdie, birdie. His run, which ended with Rose at -7, ties him with Sam Snead for probably the most leads. Only Arnold Palmer (14), Jack Nicklaus (13) and Raymond Floyd, Gary Player and Jordan Spieth (8) have held extra leads than Rose.
Moreover, Rose’s four-stroke lead is only one off the most important all-time lead: 5 strokes, set by Craig Wood all the best way again in 1941. (Spoiler: Wood gained.)
Rose has 5 top-10 finishes on the Masters, most notably 2017, when he misplaced to Sergio Garcia on the primary gap of a sudden-death playoff. He additionally completed tied for second in 2015, 4 strokes behind Spieth.
Since 2017, he’d gone T12-Cut-T23. He hasn’t gained a serious for the reason that 2013 U.S. Open, and it actually appeared Rose’s window was closing. But going 9 beneath over 11 holes will do wonders for one’s outlook.
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