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Justin Rose leads in Boston - Leishman starts well

Rose bounces back after a missed cut last week. (Photo: Asian Tour )
Justin Rose has the opening round lead at the Dell Technologies Championship at the TPC Boston, the Englishman bouncing back from a missed cut at last week’s Northern Trust Open to lead the second event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Three birdies in his last four holes completed a bogey free round of 65 for the 38 year old and although his results at this venue over the years have been inconsistent he does enjoy the layout.

“It's a course I've enjoyed playing,” he said. “I've had some mixed results here. I've had some great weeks, and I've had some poor weeks here. It's a course I never really know exactly what to expect. But it's a fun golf course.

“I think it's a golf course that if you are on your game certainly you feel like you can play well and score well here. The greens typically roll really well. I imagine statistically it's a course guys tend to make a lot of putts. Bentgrass is probably one of our favorites on Tour that we are going to play.”

Rose leads by one over Scotland’s Russell Knox and US born Mexican Abraham Lancer.

Marc Leishman leads the Australians after the opening day with a round of 68 having him just three off the lead and in a share of 8th place, he too expressing his appreciation of the layout at the TPC Boston.

“I really enjoy this place, there's some room, and you can play it into the fairways," said Leishman. “I guess I enjoy that about it. Generally it's pretty firm here and a bit of wind. I like playing in the wind and firm conditions. I enjoy playing it. I enjoy the course. So that always helps."

Leishman also enjoys the different dynamic that comes with playing the FedEx Cup Playoffs. “There's so much to gain. And so much to lose. So, if you play well, you, you start playing well in four events and if you don't, you start missing four cuts. I like that sort of cutthroat golf, I guess you'd call it. And it would be nice to do what I did last year and have a couple of good finishes late in the championship.

Cameron Smith followed up his great week in New Jersey last week with another good start to be at 2 under after his round of 69.

Adam Scott had even par to be in 42nd position after dropping three shots early in his round but for Jason Day it was a day to forget. Day bogeyed the first and seemingly never recovered, adding four more bogeys for a round of 76.

World Number One Dustin Johnson opened with a round of 68 while Tiger Woods had 72. 

With the event being played in its traditional time-slot to take advantage of a public holiday on Monday, the cut will fall on Saturday evening US time and at this stage and subject to conditions it appears as if as score of 2 or 3 over will be required.


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