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July 14, 2016

Justin Rose

Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland

JUSTIN ROSE: The first seven holes for the whole week is going to be as easy as we had it. I was really conscious about I knew I couldn't force it, but I wanted to be very sharp going out. I actually did. I played really well. Just kind of hit a couple putts that lipped out, birdied the par-5. Felt like I should have birdied 6. Suddenly I'm only 1-under through six, where I felt like I played great. Walking to the first tee today I knew it was important to get off to a good start.

Made up for a bit on the back nine. But tomorrow will be a different challenge. But you're going to have to flip that switch is what I was about to say, I suppose. And realise that some of the birdie holes are going to flip-flop between the front nine and the back nine.

Q. (Inaudible).
JUSTIN ROSE: Typical me, played the back nine in lower shots than front nine. Really, what to play the back nine lower than the front? Yeah. But like I said, I played really well today all in all. So the score didn't quite reflect how well I played, but I'm certainly happy with the start.

Q. (Inaudible).
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, definitely the best I've played for a while. Really struggled in Akron, hit the ball sideways for the most part and today had it under control. Drove the ball really well. Adrian from TaylorMade made me a new driver with a touch more loft on it. My driver was at 7.5 degrees, so I felt with the left-to-right breeze I was having a hard time. So, yeah, that was an adjustment I made this week and it worked really well.

Q. What was it like to wake up for the first round of the day?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, well, I thought all the lights were on in the house when I woke up, I realised it's actually the sunshine. We've rented this house for two weeks and literally I woke up and the whole house looked different. It was literally the first bit of sun we've had.

Q. (Inaudible).
JUSTIN ROSE: But obviously, let's see how tomorrow pans out. I think hopefully I think everybody's going to get good weather today, and we'll just see tomorrow. There's a chance that one half of the draw will do better than the other, but we'll see. It's going to be a tough day tomorrow.

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