Rose holds thin lead as Woods is seven strokes adrift

Rose holds thin lead as Woods is seven strokes adrift
Rose holds thin lead as Woods is seven strokes adrift

New York: A late string of birdies helped Justin Rose to the lead and he held off fast closing Russell Knox and Abraham Ancer for a one-stroke advantage after the opening round of the Dell Technologies Championship on Friday.

Englishman Rose, a certain pick for the European Ryder Cup team, birdied three of his final four holes for a six-under-par 65 in breezy conditions at TPC Boston as the FedEx Cup playoffs moved to the second round.

That temporarily gave him a two-stroke lead before Scot Knox and Mexican Ancer closed with matching 66s.

Americans Chris Kirk, Beau Hossler, Keegan Bradley and Gary Woodland were a stroke back while Tiger Woods endured an up-and-down round of 72 to sit seven shots off the lead.

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