Published On: Fri, Jun 12th, 2020

vJustin Rose eyes FedExCup run after fast start at the Charles Schwab Challenge | Golf | Sport

Justin Rose is looking to make a run at the FedExCup after an explosive seven under first round at the Charles Schwab Challenge. He shares the lead with Harold Varner III at Colonial after the opening day and is hoping to make up for lost time.

Rose hit the ground running as golf returned following the 91 day suspension on the PGA Tour due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rose shot seven birdies and was bogey-free as he set the early pace in a group with Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.

The former world no 1 has dropped to 14th in the world and is outside the top 200 on the FedExCup standings.

But after beginning his round with three straight birdies he was in the mood to make up for lost time.

“I don’t have the luxury of having any points on the board, so for me, it’s important just to try to get as many points as I can, so I think I’m going to play quite a lot early,” said Rose, the FedExCup champion in 2018.


“I’m probably going to play five of the first six weeks is the way it’s looking, and then I guess that gives me a bit of a reassessment at that point, obviously with the PGA coming up, it’s how I want to tailor my preparation into the PGA, and then obviously afterwards the FedExCup Play-offs begin.”

He also intends to play most of the early events on the Tour’s schedule.

“I’m just going to have to assess where I’m at, but definitely five of the next six weeks I need to make my run now for sure,” Rose said.

Rory McIlroy put in what he described as an ‘uneventful’ first round back as he sits two under going into the second round.

“Uneventful,” he said when asked to describe his round.

“I made three birdies and one bogey. The one bogey on the sixth hole I three-putted from 30 feet, but it was one of those days.

“I put myself in position to shoot a low score, I just didn’t capitalise on how I hit it off the tee. My distance control on my wedges was a little off, and then the putting right there got a little difficult at the end of the day.

“The greens were sort of slow, and they got pretty bumpy at the end. Hopefully we’ll have some better greens in the morning and hopefully I’ll shoot a lower score.”

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