Justin Rose (10/3 fav – US Masters 2021) set the pace on day one of the 2021 Masters after enjoying a fine seven-under par round to sit four shots clear at the top of the leaderboard.

Rose has fallen agonisingly short on two previous occasions, finishing second in 2015 and 2017 but he is the man the catch this year after going round in 65 on Thursday.

The Englishman didn’t make the best start and he was two over after seven, however, an eagle and seven birdies saw him climb the standings and subsequently pull clear at Augusta National.

“I guess the good news is I don’t know what happened and that’s when you play your best golf and get into the nice rhythm,” Rose said.

“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.

“I knew it was a day not to play yourself out of the tournament, the course had a lot of teeth to it.”

Hideki Matsuyama (14/1 – US Masters 2021) and Brian Harman (25/1) initially looked like the ones to catch when signing for rounds of three-under and they ended the day in a tie for second.

Patrick Reed (12/1 – US Masters 2021), Webb Simpson (18/1), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (40/1) and Will Zalatoris (33/1) are tied for fourth a shot further back on two-under.

Defending champion and world number one Dustin Johnson (18/1 – US Masters 2021) is two over and has plenty of work to do on Friday, while only 12 players managed to finish under par.

Tyrrell Hatton (28/1 – US Masters 2021) and Shane Lowry (50/1) are amongst that group on one-under but the likes of Rory McIlroy (80/1) and Lee Westwood (1000/1), who finished on four-over and six-over respectively, were well off the pace.

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