The Masters 2021: Through seven holes on Thursday, Justin Rose had a ho-hum round going, as he was two-over par, without a birdie on his card. What he did after that was remarkable, posting an eagle and seven birdies to race past the leaders into top spot by four strokes.
Coming into the week, Rose had been struggling with his game and was resting due to a back injury, having not played since withdrawing from last month’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. He was, however, such a great value bet at +10000 given his tremendous history around Augusta National, leading us to be bullish on him.
Many of the big names posted middling rounds, with pre-tournament favorite and defending champion Dustin Johnson shooting 74, Bryson DeChambeau stumbling to a 76 and Justin Thomas firing 73. Anyone well down the leaderboard will struggle to slip into the green jacket on Sunday, at least historically.
The last player outside the top-15 after round one to taste victory was Tiger Woods in 2005. Read on to see the updated Masters odds and the best bets heading into Friday’s second round.
Justin Rose shook off an inauspicious start to tear up an incredibly difficult Augusta National course, shooting 9-under in his final eleven holes. That’s the best anyone has ever done in any round since 2004. His opening 7-under, 65, was also his best round ever at this track by two strokes.
He has, however, posted a pair of runner-ups (including a playoff loss to Sergio Garcia in 2017), three other top-10’s and has been inside the top 25 in twelve of 15 career attempts. Though he didn’t convert those 18-hole leads, they were far earlier in his career when he wasn’t as proven.
The concern is whether his back issues flare back up, plus he hasn’t had a top-10 in his last ten PGA Tour events. (He does have a T-2 on the European Tour). His pre-event +10000 odds were super juicy, but at this low number, there really isn’t much value.