Rose in control at Indo Masters, Hall 5th
England’s Justin Rose threw down the gauntlet on his closest rivals by charging ahead with a sensational first round 10-under-par 62 to grab the first round lead at the Indonesian Masters.
The world number six took advantage of the benign early morning conditions to power his way to the top with a flawless card marked by ten birdies at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
It would have been a course record for the Olympic gold medallist if not for the preferred lie ruling which was in force.
“That is a dream start to be honest with you. I birdied the first hole. I felt comfortable from the outset. Did all the right thing today I suppose, I put the ball in play from the tee,” said Rose.
Justin Rose (Credit: Asian Tour)
“This course, the way it is today, it is there for the taking. Obviously there was no wind, it was perfect golf conditions.”
“So far a great start and I am trying not to get ahead of myself.”
Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul gave his merit battle a lifeline by opening with a 64 to stay two shots back of Rose in second place while compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai remained in the mix with a 65 which saw him share third place with Korea’s Giwhan Kim at the Asian Tour’s season-ending flagship event.
Singapore’s Choo Tze Huang, who is playing on a sponsor’s invitation, enjoyed an encouraging start by posting a 66 to grab a share of fifth place together with Australia’s Ashley Hall and Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei.
Playing in his event overseas after earning a one-year exemption on the Asian Tour, China’s Xiao Bowen also had an encouraging start with his first round 68.
Lucas Herbert kept his run of good form going, closing the day in equal 8th place on 5-under. Adam Blyth sits another shot back at 4-under with Scott Hend rounding out the best of the Aussies on 3-under.