June 16, 2019
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England's Justin Rose takes solo lead at the end of US Open 1st round

Pebble Beach, California, USA, Jun 13 (efe-epa).- British golfer Justin Rose on Thursday took the lead at the end of the first round of the 2019 US Open being held this week at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

Rose, who won the US open in 2013, shot six-under-par to take a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Aaron Wise of the United States and South African Louis Oosthuizen.

"I was trying to stay patient with myself mentally, but kept up-and-downing the ball, kept the momentum up," said Rose at the end of the round. "And then I got rewarded with a hot finish, birdieing the last three. I took a good round to a great round.”

While Fowler, Schauffele and Wise, have yet to win a major, Oosthuizen won the British Open in 2010.

"You don't have to do anything special in majors. It's just being disciplined and executing the shot that's at hand," Fowler had said entering the week.

"All you can do in a major is try to get off to a good start, so that's what we did, so pretty pleased with the day," said Schauffele, who has finished in the top five in five of the last six majors he has played.

Americans Scott Piercy (-4) and Nate Lashley (-4) are two strokes behind the leader.

Tiger Woods, who has 15 major titles and won the Augusta Masters earlier this year, and world no.1 Brooks Koepka ended the day at one-under and two-under respectively.

"I'm very pleased to shoot under par today," Woods said at the end of play.

"Considering how I hit it coming in, I'm pretty pleased,” said Koepka, who is looking to pick us his third straight US Open.

"I didn't shoot myself out of it. I'm right there. I feel like if I get off to a good start tomorrow, I'm right back into it," he added.

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