Justin Rose fails to build on birdie-birdie start at the Masters

Last Updated: 12/04/13 10:41pm

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Justin Rose was unable to capitalise on an excellent start to his Masters challenge as he settled for an opening two-under 70 on the first day at Augusta.

The Englishman looked on course to claim the first-round lead for the fourth time in his career after he birdied the first two holes.

But he frittered a shot away at the third before getting to three under with further birdies at the eighth and 13th, only to join a lengthy list of players to bogey the 17th.

"I've led three times after the first round, which has come to no avail," said Rose, who is just four shots off the lead alongside compatriot Lee Westwood.

"You can never win it on day one, you can only lose it. I didn't really make anything until the 18th, when I knocked in a nice 15-foot putt for par, which makes lunch taste good, really."

Luke Donald is a further shot behind after a battling 71, in which he discovered he had cracked the face of his driver on the 14th hole.

But Ian Poulter has work to do to avoid a weekend off after returning a "horrific" 76, paying the price for a wayward performance off the tees.

He tweeted: "Can't be disappointed with that round I drove it so bad. 4 fairways in reg when they are 40 yards wide. Horrific day. Sorry folks no excuse."

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