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Rose birdies final hole to grab one stroke lead at Pebble Beach

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 14, 2019 13:30

Rose birdies final hole to grab one stroke lead at Pebble Beach

Justin Rose rode a red-hot putter to an opening round of six-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead at the U.S Open while Tiger Woods and two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka turned in scrappy efforts to stay in contention.With near perfect conditions on the Monterey peninsula, little wind and soft greens, the Pebble Beach Golf Links was left to the mercy of the world’s best.Rose, the 2013 champion, birdied his final three holes to equal the U.S. Open low round at the scenic layout set by Tiger Woods in 2000.

And the Briton, who had 14 one-putts and needed only 22 for his round, was far from the only test Woods’s mark.In the five previous U.S. Opens staged at Pebble Beach only six times had a golfer come within one of the record, but on Thursday that number was nearly matched in a single round with Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Aaron Wise and South African Louis Oosthuizen all carding 66s.Sitting two back at four-under 67 are Americans Scott Piercy and Nate Lashley, with eight more a shot further adrift including major winners Francesco Molinari of Italy, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and Swede Henrik Stenson.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 14, 2019 13:30

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