Rose Warns Masters Debutants Of Steep Augusta Learning Curve
April 07, 2014
Justin Rose has fired a warning shot to this year’s Masters debutants, ahead of the start of the tournament at Augusta National this weekend.
The Englishman stated that first-time qualifiers Stephen Gallacher, Joost Luiten and Victor Dubuisson will need to be at their best to win the illustrious green jacket. And Ladbrokes are also bringing their best to the tournament, with a fantastic Masters Refund offer.
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Gallacher, Luiten and Dubuisson will be hoping to join a list of just three other players who have triumphed on their Masters debut. Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen achieved the feat in the first two years of the tournament (1934 and 1935 respectively), before Fuzzy Zoeller became the last man to do it back in 1979.
And US Open champion Rose – who has finished within the top 40 of each of his previous eight Masters appearances – has stated the trio will face a “Very steep” learning curve at Augusta.
The 33-year-old Englishman tied for 39th in his debut showing and he believes that playing all four rounds would be a worthy achievement for each of this year’s debutants.
Rose told the BBC: “I think the general rule is that if you make the cut the first time at Augusta, then that’s a successful performance. Certainly that’s how it was framed in my mind in 2003.”